Flemington, NJ -- Longtime Thunder Performer and Recording Artist Jack McDade has passed away. McDade performed countless times at Trenton Thunder Ballpark, singing The National Anthem, God Bless America, and Take Me Out to the Ballgame. McDade was Dick Clark's first musical guest on American Bandstand in the 1950's.
"The Trenton Thunder lost one of our own," said Trenton Thunder General Manager Jon Bodnar. "Jack was one of the kindest and welcoming people I have ever met. I had the privilege to get to know Jack from early years with the organization and he always carried himself with such professionalism but always with a smile. Our staff, fans and community will miss him. Thank you Jack for bringing so many, so much joy."
McDade was born in Philadelphia in on April 20th, 1936 and graduated from LaSalle University in 1968, majoring in Business Administration and Marketing. Jack was a 39-year employee of 3M, and would often produce and perform special comedy and musical material for business and industry clients. After retiring, Jack performed before thousands of people in Central Jersey for birthdays, Christmas parties, parades, weddings, funerals, christenings, and more. One of his proudest moments was having the honor of performing the National Anthem at the Philadelphia Phillies, Somerset Patriots, and Trenton Thunder baseball games.
McDade also entertained Thunder fans with a rendition of Katy Perry's Teenage Dream before the fireworks in 2012 and 2016.
You can read his full obituary here. Jack McDade was 87.