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Frank J. Maguire
Lt. Col. Frank J. Maguire, 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 3, 2020 at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Dr. Maureen R. Maguire; his parents, Mary Flannery Maguire and Frank Maguire; and his sister, Mary Margaret Maguire.
Lt. Col. Maguire is survived by his four children: Shevaun Macari, Barrett Maguire, Bevin Maguire and Leslie Gerber; their respective spouses: Joseph Macari, Rosa Maguire, Craig Hunt, and Jay Gerber; as well as his nine grandchildren: Thomas Macari, Neassa Hunt, Iliana Gerber, Elizabeth Macari, Sinead Hunt, Ian Macari, Aine Hunt, Sasha Gerber, and Aidan Maguire; and his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law; along with numerous nieces and nephews, friends, neighbors and caregivers.
Lt. Col. Maguire was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended St. Augustine High School and graduated in 1952 from the City College of New York, where he majored in history.
A decorated veteran, he began his military career in the Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC). As a career army officer with 20 year of service, he served combat duty in the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War, with additional tours in Turkey and Germany. In addition to combat duty, he managed the 7th Army Symphony during their tour of Europe; spent a year at the U.S. Army Language School in Monterey, where he learned Greek; and trained National Guard units in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Duran, Oklahoma. In 1993 he had the great honor to be invited by the Black Veterans for Social Justice to join their delegation as an ally, returning to South Korea for an official government visit.
During his military career, Lt. Col. Maguire was the recipient of several medals and awards including the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Vietnam, four Bronze stars, and the Gallantry Cross. He retired from the military in 1973.
Following his military career, Frank returned to work first for the State of New York – Veterans Reemployment Division and then later for the Veteran's Affairs Division of the Federal Government. During that portion of his career he focused on helping veterans find employment, housing, and recovery -- especially those who were unemployed, homeless, disabled or struggled with addictions.
In June of 1976 he married Maureen Reidy in Brooklyn, NY. As a couple, Frank and Maureen loved to travel, read, attend the theater, ballet and opera, visit museums and compete on who could do the daily NYT crossword puzzle faster. A hands-on father and grandfather, Frank loved to attend his children and grandchildren's school events, ceremonies and sporting events.
In 1990 Frank and Maureen moved to Wilton, CT, where Frank became active in the community including his parish of Our Lady of Fatima, the Kiwanis, The Retired Officers Association, the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Charities. In recent years, Frank and his Wilton "guys" could be found sipping coffee in town while "solving the world's problems."
Due to the current need for social distancing and COVID restrictions, Frank's children will hold a private burial, with the hope of funeral mass at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Frank's memory to CHiPs (Community Help in Park Slope, Inc.), a Brooklyn soup kitchen and the Brooklyn Museum. To offer the family online condolences, please visit!/donation/checkout

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Published in The Hour & Connecticut Post on Jul. 9, 2020.
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August 13, 2020
Goodbye Dearest Friend and Colleague!

Teri and I were deeply saddened to learn of Frank’s passing. Though we knew the Lieutenant Colonel only the last half of his life, we had the pleasure of regularly witnessing his ever present jolly grin, and enjoying his chortle and infectious laugh.

I first met Frank shortly before his fiftieth birthday when he first came to work on the 73rd floor of the South Tower at Two World Trade Service. Frank, Johnnie Larkin and I were hired within weeks of each other in late 1979 to serve as Assistant Directors for Veterans’ Employment and Training with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) and became fast friends even though they were Army and Air Force careerists and I was “just” a Vietnam Era Naval Veteran. In the months ahead, Maureen, Frank, Brunelle Davis, Teri and I spent many evenings together breaking break in midtown Manhattan, Little Italy, Downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope, on City Island and even at the Windows of the World atop the once majestic North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Even after Frank’s office relocated to Brooklyn, Johnnie Larkin became the Downstate State Director for Veterans Affairs (working alongside Danny Friedman, who became another of Frank’s close friends and colleagues) and Teri and I relocated to the north suburbs of Albany and eventually to Washington D.C. at the USDOL headquarters we still took every opportunity to visit Maureen and Frank – first to the multilevel home in Park Slope (so many books!), where we first met their four children and later during a few visits with our children to their creek-side home on Arrowhead Road in Wilton (even more books!). Though we seldom had an opportunity to visit Maureen and Frank after being relocated to the Chicago area in 1996, we enjoyed our phone connections and relished reading their written annual holiday family news and updates regarding the extended family. We were living in Illinois when we received the call of Maureen’s passing after which we maintained regular phone contact with Frank, particularly on military and other holidays.

Teri and I felt fortunate to have been able to speak with Frank as recent as mid-June. We knew he had been housebound for sometime but he told us he was never lonely as one or more of his children and grand children would regularly visit, as evidenced by the video’s photo-montage.

We’ll certainly miss you, Frank, but have fond memories of those rosy cheeks and that broad ever present broad smile.

Our heartfelt condolences to Shevaun, Barrett, Bevin, Leslie and their respective families.

Stay safe and healthy all,
Teri, Joel and the Delofsky family – Danielle, Josh and Seth
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Joel Howard Delofsky
August 12, 2020
Requiescat in pace. Beannacht Dé lena anam.
Brian Caball & Family, Tralee, Ireland.
Brian Caball
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