Gordon McGUIRE

McGUIRE, Gordon Gordon McGuire, beloved husband and father, renowned pharmacist, and prominent local citizen, died peacefully at Connecticut Hospice on January 31, 2010, of complications from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Born September 19, 1931, in Bridgeport, he was the seventh child of James P. and Delia Vallaincourt McGuire. He attended Warren Harding High School, University of Connecticut College of Pharmacy, and University of Minnesota graduate school. At UConn he met fellow pharmacy student Rita Krawczyk, and they married shortly after graduation in 1952. Gordon worked as a pharmacist in Minnesota and Connecticut before joining Geigy Pharmaceutical as a detail man in 1957. Nine years later he and his wife opened High Ridge Pharmacy in East Haven; he worked there for the next 25 years. The McGuires were also partners in Bella Vista Pharmacy in New Haven. After retiring from High Ridge, Gordon began a 15-year role as pharmacist with Connecticut Hospice, a job he considered the most fulfilling of his career. During Gordon's own stay at Hospice, his family members were warmed and comforted by the many Hospice workers who visited, shared memories, and expressed their love and appreciation. Gordon and Rita raised their family of eight children in North Branford, where they moved in 1960 and where both were involved with church, town, and regional activities. At St. Augustine Church, Gordon was a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, member of the Holy Name Society, member of the Church Council, Trustee, and member of the Funeral and Social Action Ministries. Long-time member of the Democratic Party, he served on the North Branford Town Council, Planning & Zoning Commission, and Conservation Commission and for six years was a delegate to the East Shore Health District. Also a Justice of the Peace for many years, Gordon enjoyed officiating at dozens of weddings. He was an active member of the North Branford Rotary Club, the New Haven Pharmaceutical Association, and the Loafers' Club and was a life member of the UConn Pharmacy Alumni. In addition to his wife, Rita, Gordon leaves his children, Carol McGuire and husband Daniel of Epsom, NH, Louise McGuire Kursmark and husband Robert Kursmark of Reading, MA, Thomas McGuire of Meriden, Kathryn McGuire and husband Joseph Turner of Seattle, Stephen McGuire and wife Irina of Los Angeles, William McGuire and wife Dr. Filomena Laia of Macau, China, Timothy McGuire and wife Mary Evelyn Zachar of Simpsonville, SC; and daughter-in-law, Dr. Teresa McGuire of Lisbon, Portugal. He was predeceased by his daughter, Ellen McGuire and by his siblings Harold, Richard, Marian, and James McGuire and Evelyn Williams. He is also survived by his sister, Ethel Trautvetter of Waterbury. Gordon was a much-loved grandfather to Erinn, Bradley, Daniel, Andre, Felipe, Tomas, Marta, Patrick and Brendan McGuire, Meredith and Matthew Kursmark and Jack and Emma Turner. His 14th grandchild, Alexandra McGuire, was born just two days before his death. Gordon was an avid traveler and fulfilled his dream of having his children live "all around the world" so that he could visit them. He visited Portugal several times as well as other countries in Europe and numerous locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. In 2000, he made a long-awaited trip to China, Hong Kong and Macau. The funeral procession will leave the Keenan Funeral Home, 330 Notch Hill Road (Rte 22 So. at Rte 80), Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Augustine Church, Caputo Road, North Branford at 10. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday evening from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 or online at www.hospice.com; UConn School of Pharmacy McGuire Scholarship, 2390 Alumni Drive, U3206, Storrs, CT 06269-3206; St. Augustine Church, 30 Caputo Road, North Branford, CT 06471; or a charity of one's choice.

Published in The Hartford Courant from Feb. 2 to Feb. 4, 2010