Rest in Paradise Chief Mac

John “Mac” McCastland, Jr. age 76 US Vietnam Marine Corps Veteran and Ret. Fire Chief and fire service instructor passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
Beloved husband of Sharon (nee Blume); loving father of Michael (Dori), Jeffery, Timothy (Kerri), Stacey (Teri), Jaclyn (Patrick) Curran, Nicole (William III) Lynch and Marie Brown; cherished grandfather of eighteen. John is preceded in death by his parents John, Sr. and Loretta McCastland and his sister Joan (the late Donald) Klein.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 5th 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Fire service walk thru 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. line-up at 6:30 p.m. at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home 4727 W. 103rd St. Oak Lawn. A visitation will also be on Sunday, October 6th 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Blake-Lamb. Funeral Monday, October 7th at Trinity Lutheran Church 6850 W. 159th St. Tinley Park. Service at 10:00 a.m. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Elwood, IL. In Lieu of flowers donations to Illinois Fire Service Institute Education and Research Award Fund please visit For more information please call 708-636-1193 or visit


John “Mac” McCastland, Jr. at age 76 passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Chief Mac was a beloved U.S. Vietnam Marine Corps Veteran, Retired Fire Chief, and fire service instructor. Throughout his life, Chief Mac touched many people’s lives in the fire service. His contributions will never be forgotten. However, he also made an impact on the world through his service in the U.S. Marines. His documentary, “Fire in the Jungle” (produced by the Harlem 122 Vet Project), describes his experience.

Rest in Paradise Chief Mac

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