Published 9:00 am Sunday, April 2, 2017
Cormac “Corry” Thomas McDermott was born July 17, 1931, in Quincy, Massachusetts, to Gerald Joseph and Mary (May) Josephine Keane McDermott. He graduated from Boston College High School and for a short time was in the Seminary of the African Missionaries, followed by enrollment into the U.S Coast Guard. Corry attended the University of Texas, graduating with a degree in geology.
While attending UT Austin, he met and married Charlene (Cheri) Doherty on Sept. 12, 1957. Their first child, Cheryl Ann, was born one year later. The family then moved to Denver, where two more children, Sean Joseph and Mary Colleen, were born. While in Denver, Corry enjoyed a successful real estate career, however, it was here that he and his wife separated and later divorced.
On Dec. 11, 1982, Corry married Janet Knips. In 1985, they moved to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, and spent the majority of the next 35 years in real estate development. They were very active in the local community with philanthropic work, and especially dear to both of them was their work helping the less fortunate and the orphaned children of Belize. When not residing on the island, they also enjoyed living in Albert Lea and Houston.
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Corry is survived by his beloved wife, Janet McDermott; his three children, Cheryl, Sean and Mary Colleen; and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Corry is also survived by his four stepchildren, Cyan, Cindy, Monte and Apryl; nine step-grandchildren; 10 step-great grandchildren; sister, Patricia McLoud; several nieces; and a nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents Gerald and May McDermott; his brother, Jerry McDermott; and brother-in-law, Bob McLoud.
Corry passed away Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at his home Casa Madera in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. A celebration of life was from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at SunBreeze Hotel in San Pedro Town. A short service of prayers, personal reflections and remembrances took place at 2 p.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers or memorials to the family, the family asks others to consider contributing to the Ambergris Caye Elementary School Aces, P.O. Box 1, Turtle St., San Pedro Town, 501-226-2226; or to the Sunshine Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 319, Pescador Drive, San Pedro Town, 501-623-9962.
The family extends their deepest gratitude for donations in memory of their beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother.