Obituary of Former SCOA President John P. McKillop

by | Feb 8, 2014 | Memorial, Updates


John P. McKillop

Long-term President of the New York State Supreme Court Officers Association, John P. McKillop passed away on Monday, February 3, 2014, from pulmonary fibrosis.  Born in Brooklyn on September 9, 1947, John was a lifetime New Yorker; attending Bishop Loughlin High School, Long Island University and the John Jay School of Criminal Justice.


John became a court officer in 1973, working in both Brooklyn and Manhattan.  He became a delegate of the New York State Supreme Court Officers Association in 1975, and first held elected office for the union in 1981.  Elected to the union Presidency in 1989, he served until 1992, and returned to court service after that.  He became a Captain in 1995, and was the supervising Court Officer in both Orange and Duchess counties until 2004, when he again was elected to serve two terms as union President, before retiring in 2010. 


John enjoyed unusual success during his tenure, with strong performance as a legislative director, advocate for the officers of the court, and guarantor of public safety during numerous high-profile trials, as well as post-Ground Zero investigative and cleanup activities.  His colleagues remember him as a strong and fair leader, blessed with intelligence and wit; a powerful and tireless advocate for his fellow officers; and a sterling representative of an officer of the court.  Family members remember him as a loving husband, a reliable and impressive big brother, and an unfailingly hilarious and fun-loving uncle.


His beloved wife, Kulwanty Pittam McKillop; his sister, Laurene McKillop; his nieces, Nora, Tess, and Shea McCormick; and his nephew, Luke McCormick, survive McKillop.


R. Stutzman and Son, Queens Village, New York have arranged wake and funeral services.  His funeral will take place on Monday, February 10, 2014, at 9:45 am, at Our Lady Of Lourdes Church in Queens Village, New York.