Ahwatukee leader John McComish’s new role: retiree

John and Karen McComish can put aside the demands of public life and enjoy traveling and visiting their grandchildren./Pablo Robles/AFN Staff Photographer

By Paul Maryniak | Ahwatukee Foothills News

He’s been a restaurant worker, a corporate leader, a small business owner, legislator and judge, and now John McComish is getting used to a new occupation that none of those positions really prepared him for: a retiree.

McComish last month wound up a long public life by completing a three-month stint teaching newly elected justices of the peace what he learned on the bench in the previous four years.

At 76, he and Karen, his wife of more than 40 years, are settling into a new life out of the public eye, traveling and spending part of the year in New England, where their two children and their grandchildren live.

In December McComish completed his service as Kyrene Justice Court JP, opting not to seek reelection again.

Once that training was done, he put a period on a life of work that spans 63 years and began in his native Youngstown, Ohio, where he started in a family-owned restaurant doing various jobs at age 13.


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