Alexander McGuirk, age 78, of Framingham, died, suddenly after a brief illness, Friday, November 25, 2011 at Metrowest Medical Center, Framingham. He was the husband of 55 years to Evelyn J. (O'Leary) McGuirk of Framingham. Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Pearl (Beaton) McGuirk. He was a graduate of East Coast Aero-tech with honors. Mr. McGuirk enlisted at the age of 16 in the U.S. Marine Corp. Reserves then was called to active duty for the Korean War and served from 1950 - 1972 where he did 3 tours in Vietnam and was stationed in Japan and Cherry Point, NC, while working as a flight engineer of the C-130 planes. He retired as a Gunnery SGT. Following his military service, he retired in 1996 after putting in over 20 years as a sheet metal worker for Amtrak. He was an active member of Grace Congregational Church in Framingham and the Marine Corp. Transport Association. Besides his wife Evelyn, he is survived by his children, Daniel M. McGuirk and his wife Donna L. of Avon and Diana D. Williams and her husband Michael of Newburyport. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Corrine DePatra of Avon, Jessica M. and Andrew J. Williams both of Newburyport, three brothers, Edward McGuirk of NC, Earl McGuirk of CA, Charles McGuirk of AZ and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Roy, James and John McGuirk. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service on Thursday, December 1, at 11 AM at the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St. (Corner of Union Ave) Framingham; www.nortonfuneralhome.com
. Burial will take place at a later date at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Visiting hours at the funeral home will be Wednesday from 3 - 6 PM. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society
, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or to Grace Congregational Church, UCC, P.O. Box 1481, Framingham, MA 01702.