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In Memory of John McGrew

Gathering of Family and Friends

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday January 14, 2022
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Gathering of Family and Friends at Church

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday January 15, 2022
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial

12:00 pm
Saturday January 15, 2022
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin

John Charles McGrew, age 64 of Hudson, passed away on Monday, December 27, 2021 at his home following a valiant 3 year battle with cancer. John was born on January 24, 1957, in Hudson WI, the son of Bob and Lorraine (Scuillo) McGrew. He graduated from Hudson High School with the class of 1975, then worked for several years at Ashland Oil in St. Paul Park before leaving to manage The Blues Saloon and Cab’s Pub & Eatery in St. Paul. Although his magnetic personality and “gift of gab” made him ideally suited for working in the bar/restaurant industry, he was also a creative story teller who could think on his feet and engage even the most introverted person in conversation. These attributes eventually helped him land his dream job as a private investigator with R&D Agency in Burnsville. He truly thrived in this line of work, and was highly respected for his investigative abilities. It was around this same time that he met the love of his life, Kim Hanson, and the two enjoyed a beautiful life together for close to 15 years.


John loved riding his Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle, and in addition to many weekend rides with friends, he and Kim enjoyed several memorable trips to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. He was known to many in his circle of friends simply as “Magoo”, and although he attempted to portray a “tough-guy” image, John had a heart of gold and would drop anything to help a friend or family member in need. He was also an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and loved watching them play, often in the company of his favorite fur babies, Carmella and Skyyler. His Italian heritage was a source of great pride to him, and he regularly attended the Pepper Festival in North Hudson, as well as golfed for several years in the Italian Open golf tournament in Milwaukee. John’s fighting spirit and positive attitude throughout his cancer journey were truly inspirational, and his quick wit, crazy sense of humor, and huge heart will be missed by many.


John is survived by the love of his life, Kim Hanson; mother, Lorraine McGrew; sisters, Nancy McGrew and Carolyn (Bill) Leckey; step-children, Jason Hanson, and Danelle (Will) Hanson; granddaughters, Bianca and Emma; Kim’s mother, Bonnie (Vic) Warnement; Kim’s siblings, Jeff, Shelly, and Matt Hribar; as well as many other relatives and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Bob McGrew; and Kim’s father, Fred Hribar.


A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, WI, as well as one hour prior to the service at the church. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for John will be held at 12:00 p.m. noon on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson, WI, and will also be livestreamed through the St. Patrick Catholic Church Facebook page. Interment will take place at the Willow River Cemetery in Hudson immediately after the service, followed by a celebration of John’s life from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at Big Guys BBQ Roadhouse, 1237 HWY 35 N, Hudson, WI. Memorials preferred to the family.

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    • He will be missed! Bless him, family, Kim all! I am so sorry hugs to all! I miss the days he said I owe him 5 cents on his flip phone when i texted him. Lol bless him!

    • Kim, my heart goes out to you and family. We were lucky to have you two as neighbors. Fun loving couple. We talk of you often and how much fun you two were. So sad to hear of John’s passing. We lost touch but we were hoping he had beat the cancer.



    • Johnny was one of a kind with a heart of gold and a unique sense of humor unlike anybody I’ve ever met. His love for his parents, family and friends knew no bounds, and he would do absolutely anything to help out as needed. Despite his health problems and a difficult battle with cancer and with the treatments that were so hard on his body, he maintained a good attitude and fully expected to beat this thing right up until little hope was left. By then his only concern was for the love of his life Kimmy and for her well-being after he left this world. We at R&D knew him as Jmac; he loved his job and wanted to keep working right up until the end. We’ll never have another guy like him in the R&D family, and his contributions to the business and to his fellow investigator will live on for years to come. We’ll all miss him terribly but we’re also comforted by the fact that he’s no longer in pain and has been reunited with his dad who he admired so much. From the entire R&D family, our hearts and prayers go out to Kimmy and John’s family for this devastating loss. Rest in Peace Jmac.

    • Johnny was truly one in a million and lived his life to the fullest. Those that truly knew him know deep down he really was a teddy bear with the biggest heart. The world won’t be as bight without him.

    • Such fond memories of John growing up together and attending the same schools from EP Rock all the way to the NEW high school for our 1975 Graduation. I was so sorry to hear that John had been battling this for so many years and hope he has no more pain now. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the family and friends that will now navigate through this new normal. May his good humor always bring you smiles.

    • Mr. McGrew was a fabulous individual. The world was a better place with him in it, and I’m sure memories of him will live happily within all that knew him.. He will be missed dearly.
      Much love and sympathies to his entire family.
      Joseph and Joy