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With the Lord - Jay McKain (Service Dec. 1, 10am)

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A wonderful man in our church family, described by many as “the nicest person I’ve ever known,” has gone on to be in God’s nearer presence.  Jay’s obituary is noted below…

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.”  (Ps. 116:15).

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James Shannon McKain III “Jay” of Clifton, VA died peacefully at his home on November 17, 2018. He was 64.

Jay was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Jay had dreamed of being a pilot ever since he took a flight to Florida with his family as a young boy. After graduating from Embry-Riddle, Jay flew inter-island flights in the Caribbean and worked various commuter jobs to build up his flight time. He was hired as a pilot by United Airlines at age 25. In his career with United, Jay flew the 737, Airbus 320, 757, 767 and 787 jets. He worked as a Captain for over 25 years. He was a Line Check Airman on the 737 and the Airbus 320. Jay served as a volunteer on ALPA’s Professional Standards Committee for 25 years doing dispute resolution between pilots and other airline employees. In his career, Jay logged almost 28,000 hours of flying. He was excited about flying and always looked forward to going to work.

Jay was a devoted and loving husband to Miriam (Maria) for 30 years. He adored his three children, Jack, Kristy, and Michael, and encouraged them to pursue independence and adventure. Most importantly, he was a committed follower of Jesus Christ and studied the Bible in depth. He enjoyed working with young couples in pre-marital counseling at his church. He was a wonderful friend known for his quick wit, listening skills and kindness to all. He truly believed in putting others first.

Jay had many interests, including nature photography, biking and playing guitar. He loved taking trips with his family to interesting cities and countries. Barcelona and Zurich were two of his favorite places.

Jay is survived by his wife of 30 years, Miriam (Maria) Topazian McKain, their children James Shannon IV (Jack), Kristina, Michael, and his sister Sue McKain Battaglia. Jay was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Carol (Judge) McKain and his sister Mimi McKain Henricksen.

Arrangements are being handled by Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home ( Visitation will be held at the Funeral Home (9902 Braddock Rd, Fairfax) on Friday, November 30 from 5-8pm. A celebration of Jay’s life will be held on Saturday, December 1 at 10:00am in the Truro Sanctuary

Following the service please  join the family for a reception from 1-4 pm at 6505 Rock Crystal Dr, Clifton.

Contributions in Jay’s memory may be made to International Justice Mission at P.O. Box 96961, Washington, DC 20090-6961 or Capital Caring (

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Jeff Meadows

Jay and I taught a Sunday School class for fourth grade boys several years ago. Jay was always able to get the kids to behave by promising to tell them one of his piloting adventures at the end of class!  He will be missed. I pray for God’s presence and comfort for Maria and family.

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