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William "Bill" McGuire

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Waterford - Ret. Chief William "Bill" McGuire, 82, formerly of Waterford, entered eternal life on Friday, April 29, 2011.

He was born July 31, 1928, in Norwich, the son of the late Andrew Sr. and Mary (Byington) McGuire.

He attended local schools in New London. Mr. McGuire graduated from the former Bulkeley School, class of 1946, where he was a standout athlete in basketball and baseball. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was united in marriage to the former Vivian Traysman on Oct. 14, 1950, in Fall River, Mass. Mrs. McGuire survives him.

He began his police career in 1964, and retired in 1991 as chief of the Waterford Police Department. Bill played in the former New London Men's Basketball League and baseball for the Electric Boat team. He took great interest in his grandchildren's sporting events and was very proud of them all. He was an avid sports fan, following UConn women's basketball, the Red Sox and Celtics.

Besides his devoted and loving wife of 60 years, he is survived by three children, Richard "Rick" McGuire of Fort Pierce, Fla., Randy Lynn McGuire of Naperville, Ill., and Lisa Greenleaf of Bozrah; three sisters, Frances Swanson of Waterford, Mary Arnold and Katherine Davis both of New York; five grandchildren, Amber Sholes, Devon Greenleaf, Ryan, Mitchel, and Shauna McGuire; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three siblings, Andrew "Red" McGuire Jr., Daniel McGuire, and Virginia Vanmarter.

His family will receive relatives and friends from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, at the Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave., New London. The funeral will assemble at 9 a.m. on Wednesday and proceed to a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church. Interment with military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory, to the donor's choice of charity.

Published in The Day on May 2, 2011
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