ANDOVER - Dennis Charles McGuire Sr., 68, passed away peacefully in his Andover home on Sunday, June 6, 2014, surrounded by his family.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 48 years, Sue McGuire of Andover; his daughter and son-in-law, Kimberley and Joseph Post of Andover; his son, Dennis McGuire of Andover; his two granddaughters, Karissa and Kortney Post of Andover; and two sisters, Arlene Burke of Granada Hill, Calif., and Carole Dunstan of Ave Maria, Fla.
Born and raised in Bayonne, Mr. McGuire moved to Andover in 1971. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War
and began his career as a butcher shortly thereafter.
Mr. McGuire was the owner and operator of McGuire's Market in Springdale during the ""80s before ultimately retiring as a butcher from King's supermarket in Short Hills toward the end of 2010. It was during his employment at Kings he became known as "The Letter Man;" customers would send in countless letters praising Mr. McGuire for his warmth and service, which led to his acquisition of "Employee of the Year" for the whole company in 2007.
His good nature and yearning to help others extended to his hours off the clock - often he would deliver Thanksgiving dinner to those at local businesses who didn't have the day off. It was small gestures like this that spoke volumes of his character, of his heart and of his values forged in a time when you got the job done yourself, didn't ask for hand-outs and helped those in need without seeking any personal gain. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 10, at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton. Interment will follow in Stanhope-Union Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/mtj4/mcguiresmission
. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com