John C. McPhee, 87, passed away at home in Moraga, CA., on Thursday, July 23, 2009. He was a 44-year Moraga resident.
|John was born in 1921 in Santa Rosa, CA. The son of a Sana Rose, Ca., shoe store owner, McPhee began selling shoes in his father's store in he 1930's. John attended the University of Santa Clara (class of 1944) and served as a first lieutenant in the US Marine Corps in Okinawa during WWII.|
In 1949 he opened one of the country's first children's shoe stores in Berkeley, California. After expanding into a five-store chain, he sold his stores in 1955 and joined Philadelphia-based Edwards Shoes, then a well-known children's shoe company. In 1961 McPhee joined US Shoe Corp. In 1980 as an executive in its children's shoe business, Jumping-Jacks, McPhee, with his business partner Jerry McCaffrey, purchased Monett, Missouri-based Jumping-Jacks Shoes from US Shoe Corp., eventually taking it public in 1984. The company was sold to Munro in 1991. McPhee retired in 1992.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Rosemary McPhee; daughters Rose Mary Lobato, of Lafayette, CA, and Kathleen Gaston, of Dallas, TX.; son John J. McPhee, of Darien, CT.; as well as eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Donations in McPhee's memory may be made to: Rescue One Foundation, 1280 Moraga Way, Moraga, CA 94556.