Family, friends and fans say goodbye to John "Bad Dog" McCormack - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Family, friends and fans say goodbye to John "Bad Dog" McCormack

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Family, friends and fans remembered Rock 103 DJ John "Bad Dog" McCormack at a memorial service Monday.

Those who filled Hope Presbyterian Church Monday remembered the good deeds of a man known to fans as "Bad Dog."

"He was the guy you would call at 4:00 in the morning when your car broke down," said longtime friend Bill Daniel.  "He was the guy that would take your parents food if you were unable to get there."

Friends and loved ones said goodbye to the man who lost his life to leukemia last Thursday, but never lost his faith.

Daniel shared a message for McCormack's surviving children.

"If you stumble along the way, as we all do, know that you have a list of folks who are here to catch you and one big guy upstairs watching over you," said Daniel.

McCormack began as a stand-up comic and movie actor.  His fun on-air antics, strong Christian faith and ability to imitate famous voices made him an icon of Memphis radio.

"The fun factor in heaven just went way up," said Action News 5's Joe Birch.

Birch spoke of the moment at Methodist Hospital Thursday when he happened to visit "Bad Dog" on the day his friend passed away.

"John's brother Tim invited me in to say a prayer," said Birch. "I touched his hand and offered an 'Our Father.'  He was someplace between heaven and earth."

McCormack performed his last broadcasts from his hospital bed.  

Tim McCormack said his brother's life transcended his two-year battle with cancer.

"I will describe my brother as a man of faith, humor, humility and generosity," he said.  "He was a mountain of a man, almost bigger than life.  John was a good man.  But not only a good man, John was a good person."

Tim McCormack said his brother witnessed his faith from his selfless service to the children of St. Jude through Ronald McDonald House to his strength at the end.

"Do not say you have lost a friend," said Tim McCormack. "One is only lost when you don't know where they are. You know where I am."

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