Michael Francis Maguire, 80, of Pensacola, was taken from us slowly and then quickly by dementia. He died on June 21, 2014.
Michael was born and raised in Greenwich, CT. His family came to this country from County Meath, Ireland. In 1955, he married Dolores Maria Beggs who came to this country from Belfast, Northern Ireland. During this time he served in the US Army and was chosen to serve in the Honor Guard in Washington, DC. Michael and Dolores moved to Pensacola, FL in 1958 so that Mike could continue his career with the American Cyanamid Company. There they raised four daughters together. Michael was a founding member of St. Paul Catholic Church. He was a Eucharistic minister, a shut-in minister and a Sacristan. He was also a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. After working as a supervisor at American Cyanamid for 35 years, Mike retired in 1993. He enjoyed playing golf in his spare time. He and Dolores served as Guardians Ad Litem for the Escambia County Court System. Michael also volunteered over one thousand hours for the National Museum of Naval Aviation.
Michael was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Dolores Beggs Maguire; his parents, Mary Darby and James Maguire; his brothers, William Timothy Maguire and John Kevin Maguire.
Michael is survived by his four daughters and their husbands, Dr. Maureen Maguire and Dr. Douglas Kuperman of Sarasota, FL, Patti and Don Barnard, Dee-Dee and Reed Bonifay and Angela and John Barbour all of Pensacola; his 10 grandchildren, Katie and Allison Kuperman of Sarasota, Michael, Leah and Donnie Barnard, Anya Parkhurst (Bob) and Matthew Bonifay, David and Kevin Anderson and Elizabeth Barbour; also 3 great grandchildren and his oldest brother, James Joseph Maguire of West Palm Beach, FL.
Memorial Visitation will be held 5-7pm Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel.
Memorial Mass will be held 10:00am Friday, June 27, 2014 at St. Paul Catholic Church, with Fr. Doug Halsema celebrant. Committal Service will follow at 11:45am at Barrancas National Cemetery with military honors.
The family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all of the caretakers, nurses, and support staff of Cottage 2 at Creekside Senior Living. Thank you for taking such good care of our father.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the dementia or Alzheimer's foundation of your choice.
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HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL
2276 AIRPORT BLVD. PENSACOLA, FL 32504
Published in Pensacola News Journal on June 25, 2014