Condolences for Elton Yancey McGann

Lester Leonard posted on 12/7/18

Brad and Brian, You have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. I worked with your father at the Naval Weapons Station from 1979 until we moved to Indian Head in 2011. I considered him my mentor and he was such great leader. He was the reason I came back to work at Yorktown after I had left for graduate school. He called me after I had graduated and asked if I would like to return and I said yes, in great part because I respected him and loved working with him. I learned so much from Yancey and am sad that I did not get to see him again after my job moved to Indian Head MD. He was a great man. God's peace be with you.


Jerry Roudabush posted on 12/4/18

Brad & Brian, you & your family have my sincere condolences. Your father was a great man & was a large influence on my life. It was a pleasure to work for him, work with him, and to know him. I listened over the years to so many who spoke in admiration of him. You have my deepest sympathy.


Steve Montgomery posted on 12/4/18

Yancy was one of the greatest generation is so many ways. I was privileged to know Yancy through Rotary and always held him in high esteem. We are a better world for his presence.


Gregory Schoch posted on 12/2/18

Brad and Brian, I am so sorry to hear of your Father's passing. I just found out today or I would have attended his memorial service yesterday. I was hired at the Naval Weapons Station in 1990. I had the pleasure of working with Yancey for over 20 years. I shared an office with him for over 10 years when he came back to work as a contractor. I have very fond memories of the talks we would have. He would talk about everything from his childhood in downtown Newport News, his experiences during World War II, his morning walks with his walking companions, and of course his family. When I went to NWS Yorktown for my job interview, fresh out of school in 1990, the man that would eventually hire me, said "Let's go meet the Department Head". Needless to say I was terrified. Yancey was my Department Head at the time and less than five minutes into the visit to his office, I felt completely relaxed, like I was talking to an equal instead of my future Department Head. That's the kind of person Yancey was, no matter what position he held, from Department Head to Executive Director, he was just a truly kind and down to earth person. After our organization's move to MD in 2011, my contact with him was limited to periodic phone conversations, which would always begin with me saying "Hello Mr. McGann" with his immediate reply of "Hello Mr. Schoch". I am truly sorry to have missed his memorial service, I would have loved to share some stories with his family and friends. Even though we only talked every few months the last seven years, I will miss him. He truly was a great man and a good friend.


Kindall H. posted on 12/1/18

I’m so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time. He was a very sweet man.


Jim and Fran Whitney posted on 11/28/18

We met Yancey at Williamsburg Baptist Church. It was always a pleasure seeing him come in to the Lounge on Sunday mornings with a big smile on his face. His sunny presence will be missed.


Susan Streitz posted on 11/27/18

John and I are thinking of you. We are so glad we got to meet Yancey at Thanksgiving a year ago.