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October 8, 2014 Published in Obituaries, Other News

Founder, Chairman of McEnearney Associates, Inc. Dies At 88

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John McEnearney (Courtesy Photo)

John McEnearney (Courtesy Photo)

John McEnearney, 88, Founder and Chairman of McEnearney Associates, Inc. died today in McLean. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

John McEnearney graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1949 and served on active duty as a Navy officer for 27 years. During his time in the Navy, his tours of duty included such diverse and interesting places as Korea, Antarctica, Vietnam, Hawaii and Washington, D.C.

The day following his retirement in 1976, John joined a residential brokerage firm in Alexandria, Virginia. His performance during his three years as an agent qualified him as one of the top real estate professionals in Northern Virginia.

In 1980, John opened the first office of McEnearney Associates, Inc. Initially, his firm specialized in marketing fine residential properties in Old Town Alexandria. Over the years, McEnearney Associates has expanded to six residential offices, a commercial office, a Relocation Department and three locations for Property Management. The firm now serves all of Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland with a team of over 300 highly professional, full-time agents.

John McNearney nominated as a Living Legend of Alexandria in 2010. His Living Legends biography is reprinted below.

Living Legends of Alexandria 2010: John McEnearney

Most people consider one successful career a lifetime achievement award. Not so for John McEnearney. During his 83 years he has known success as a U.S. Navy officer and then as a Northern Virginia Realtor. In each instance the real beneficiaries were the people fortunate enough to be touched by his extraordinary journey. Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, McEnearney spent 27 years on active duty.

During two years’ service in Vietnam, in direct support of the U.S. Marines, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, presented to him personally by General Lewis Walt, USMC, Commander of the Marine Amphibious Forces, Vietnam. At the time of presentation, General Walt had been promoted to four-star rank as Assistant Commandant, USMC.

Retiring on a Friday, McEnearney started in real estate that Sunday. McEnearney Associates opened in May 1980 with Alexandria and Northern Virginia benefiting ever since. McEnearney, personally, and his firm have supported numerous community activities over the past 30 years including Hopkins House, the Alexandria Walk to Fight Breast Cancer and the Alexandria Citadel of the Salvation Army.

His many awards include the Chamber of Commerce 2006 Business Leader of the Year, Hopkins House’s Lifetime Community Stakeholder and Senior Services of Alexandria’s Generation to Generation, in recognition of his dedication and generosity. He has consistently recognized his employees and agents who duplicate his dedication to community involvement.

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