McGee, Rev. Peter J. Passed away November 6, 2006. Born June 25, 1929 in Killerin, County Galway, Ireland. Attended St. Patrick Seminary in Thurles, IRL and was ordained to the priesthood June 14, 1953. His assignments included serving as associate pastors at St. Patrick Church, North Hollywood, St. Thomas More Church, Alhambra, St. Anthony Church, El Segundo, St. Mary Church, Fullerton, Annunciation Church, Arcadia, St. Gerard Majella Church, Los Angeles, Queen of Angels Church in Lompoc. Most recently Fr. McGee served as Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Gardena for 25 years retiring as Pastor Emeritus in the year 2000. Fr. McGee presided over the highly successful “Strawberry Festival” at St. Anthony of Padua in Gardena for many years. Visitation will be Monday, November 13, 2006 from 2PM until 6PM with vigil service at 7PM. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 11AM. All services to be held at his beloved, St. Anthony of Padua Church in Gardena. Burial to take place in his hometown in Ireland

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  1. Dear Fr. Mcgee, I enjoyed working with you as your secretary for 10 years at St. Anthony Rectory. On behalf of my family (Adrienne, Albert and AL), we pray that Our Almighty Father grant you the heavenly rest reserved for the few who have dedicated themselves to a life-long ministry of service and generosity, especially to the least of His children….. “And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand”. Angie Lao

  2. Father McGee – you will always be remembered – I worked for him for 4 yrs and went to grade school at St. Anthony in Gardena,CA – thank you for putting me in high school. The great memories we have of you will hold a special place in all our hearts. You will be missed…

  3. Dear Fr. Peter: We are first cousins, born in the same year, but we have never met in person; from all I’ve heard of you thru the years, I am proud and happy to be part of your family tree. I know that eternal joy will be yours after your faithful service to so many for so long. Rest in peace. Your cousin Mary Ward Murray

  4. Father McGee was a true priest giving serice to all who came to him. He had a gruff exterior sometimes but he had a heart of gold and a heart that he shared with many. We will all miss him.

  5. IN MEMORY OF FATHER MC GEE Irene and I regret that we are out of the State and cannot be present for Father McGee’s Rosary and Funeral. We wanted to present some of our thoughts and memories of Father. Father was our close friend and Priest. Probably one of the reasons Father McGee and I were very close was that we began our respective Professional lives at about the same time. He as a Priest and me as an attorney. Without his encouragement, I would never have been the Mayor of Gardena. Irene and I had the honor and pleasure of being married by Father McGee. Father began his service to God here in Gardena and then left us for a period to return again and dedicate over 25 years of his life to us here at St. Anthony’s. Of course, Father’s first effort was God’s work and service to God, but we do have some memories of him on lighter side are. Probably running a close second to his God’s work was his dedication to carefully watching the finances of our parish. I wouldn’t say he was financially tight, but he could squeeze a penny until Abraham Lincoln would cry. His frugality resulted in not only paying off the debt of our parish, but also developing a nice surplus. As long as you were Irish you had no trouble understanding Father at Mass, but if you weren’t Irish you might have a little trouble figuring out the words. Probably some of the parishioners thought he was speaking in Latin. In a more serious vein, there are many stories of how Father McGee assisted homeless or nearly homeless persons to get themselves re-established and become self supporting God loving good citizens of our community. When I had a heart attack I personally appreciated Father’s efforts in getting the Extra Ordinary Minister program started at St. Anthony’s. The appreciation of bed ridden or home bound parishioners for the good, peace and comfort that has been extended by those ministers is beyond measurement. He was known to be a little gruff on the outside, but very soft on the inside. I am sure he never met a person he did not love, and isn’t that what our religious is all about? You knew that if you needed a priest for any reason, he would be there. Father has been missed since his retirement, and will be even more missed now, but we know that God has welcomed him with open arms to a better life. For those that knew Father McGee, his memory will linger on forever, and he will be remembered in our prayers. We all thank you father for your loving service to our parish. Our Prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely and with Love, Ed Russ, Mayor Emeritus City of Gardena

  6. It was with great sadness that we learned of Fr. McGee’s passing. One with a true vocation, Fr. McGee attended our parents in sickness and in health, both at home and in hospital and presided at their funerals. He was also great friends with our cousin Msgr. Mike of Woodland Hills. Of course, once in a while he enjoyed a good chat about “Home”, a cup of tea and some homemade bread, or a drop of the “crather.” A man with great faith and a wonderful sense of humor, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

  7. dear Family’ we were saddened to hear Pinkie passed.
    we have fond memories of her. Although we had not seen her in recent years she was always in our heart. Sincere condolences. Be blessed and stay strong.

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