John McCain’s mother Roberta dies at 108
Published: 11:22 AM, 14 October 2020
Roberta McCain, the mother of the late former U.S. senator and Republican presidential candidate John McCain, has passed away at the age of 108
Roberta McCain, the mother of the late former U.S. senator and Republican presidential candidate John McCain, has passed away at the age of 108, her daughter-in-law made the announcement on Monday.
“I am deeply saddened to announce the death of my beloved mother-in-law, Roberta McCain,” said Cindy McCain, John McCain’s widow.
Roberta McCain fled to Tijuana, Mexico, at the age of 19 with John S. McCain Jr., the son of a U.S. Navy admiral.
Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, John McCain also joined the US Naval Academy and served as a naval pilot during the Vietnam War. John S. McCain’s nickname was Johnny.
In 1989, while McCain’s parents were in London, they learned in a message that their son McCain’s plane had been shot down in the skies of Hanoi. Roberta later learned that her son had been taken as a war prisoner.
In 2008, John McCain lost to Barack Obama in the presidential race. He died in 2018 of brain cancer.
McCain writes in one of his books that “her mother grew up as a resolute and determined woman. She enjoyed life to the fullest and has always tried her best to create opportunities for him.”