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Longtime Largo mayor's wife, community activist dies

LARGO — Marion McGough, community booster and wife of former longtime Largo Mayor George C. McGough, died Aug. 11, 2010, after a battle with cancer. She was 82.

Always a considerate soul, said her son, Gary McGough, 57, she was never quick to criticize, and always eager to lend her tenderness to others.

"My mom was always the one who told you, 'Before you make any judgment, put yourself in their shoes,' " McGough said. "She was a very caring, giving person."

George McGough, who served as mayor for nearly 11 years between 1982 and 1992, was a champion for Largo's parks, making the current Largo Central Park and McGough Nature Center (which was posthumously named for him) realities. He died in 1997.

After the McGoughs moved to Largo from Long Island in 1975 as retirees, the couple made a habit of giving their time to the community, and soaking in all the city had to offer.

Mrs. McGough, even into her 80s, volunteered at Woodside Hospice House, and played golf religiously.

"They played almost every single day," said McGough, remembering his mother's favorite pastime.

While she loved the game, he said, she was never competitive about it.

Her score?

"She wouldn't tell me things like that. That's like asking her age," McGough said.

While Mrs. McGough was a New Yorker by birth, she thoroughly became a Floridian, and beyond that, a Largonian.

For years, Mrs. McGough volunteered at the mobile home park where she lived with her husband — Fairway Village.

"My mom and dad both really loved Largo. They gave Largo a lot," McGough said. "I don't think a hurricane could have moved them from Florida or Largo."

Dominick Tao can be reached at dtao@sptimes.com or (727) 580-2951.

Marion McGough

Born: Oct. 13, 1927

Died: Aug. 11, 2010

Survivors: Two sons, Gary and George McGough; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Predeceased by her husband, former Mayor George McGough.

Longtime Largo mayor's wife, community activist dies 08/17/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 9:44pm]
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