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Thomas William "Mac" McGinty Sr.

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NORTH BENNINGTON -- Thomas William “Mac” McGinty Sr., 77, past away at his residence on Jan. 27, 2004.

Mr. McGinty was born in Edgewater, N.J. on Aug. 20, 1926, the son of the late Thomas P. and Irene J. (Williams) McGinty. The family moved to Port Chester, N.Y. where the younger Thomas would later graduate from Port Chester High School.

During World War II, he enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17. He received an honorable discharge in 1949 after having attained the rank of petty officer third class. In 1952, Thomas enlisted in the United States Air Force and received an honorable discharge in 1955. At the time of his discharge, he had attained the rank of sergeant.

Thomas began a career in law enforcement with the Eastchester (N.Y.) Police Department. In 1958, he transferred to the Rye Town (N.Y.) Police Department and retired in 1972. The following year, Thomas, his wife Phyllis, and son Francis moved to Bennington.

During his career as a police officer, Thomas attended numerous FBI and county-sponsored law enforcement schools. For several years, he was the captain of the Rye Town Police Department Pistol Team, participating in many state and regional shooting competitions. Thomas was also a certified pistol and rifle instructor and taught hunter safety courses. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association.

Upon the seizure of the American hostages in Iran in November 1979, Thomas enlisted in the Air National Guard and served with the105th Tactical Air Command in Westchester, N.Y. He received and honorable discharge in 1985, attaining the rank of senior master sergeant.

During the late 1970s, Thomas helped to establish the Bennington Composite Squadron of the Vermont Civil Air Patrol.

Thomas married Vilma F. “Phyllis” Lucente in 1948 and they had three children: Daughter Joanne LaBella of Port Chester, N.Y., son Thomas William McGinty Jr. of Fairfield, Conn., and son Francis X. McGinty of Hoosick, N.Y. He also has five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He lost his only sibling, sister Irene M. McGinty of Port Chester in 1982.

Thomas was an avid outdoorsman and had been a member of the Hale Mountain Fish and Game Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and practicing marksmanship. He also enjoyed reading and photography and was a U.S. history enthusiast.

Thomas’ family would like to express its deepest appreciation to Glenn F. “Butch” and Patricia Hebert and their children and grandchildren for the many years of friendship they offered Thomas. Through their kindness and loving deeds, they helped to make Thomas’ last years happy and rewarding. They exemplify true friendship.

Gratitude is also extended to the staff of Fairwinds Residential Care Home in North Bennington for their tireless commitment to the people in their care. Thank yo and God bless you all.

A burial service with military honors will take place this spring at the Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, N.Y. AN announcement with the date and time of the service will be forthcoming.

Contributions in Thomas’ memory may be made to one’s favorite charity through Mahar & Son Funeral Home at 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from Jan. 28 to Jan. 29, 2004
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