Joseph McGuire
1926 - 2017
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Joseph E. McGuire

WORCESTER - Joseph E. McGuire of Worcester, MA died suddenly at his home on August 8, 2017. Mr. McGuire was born in Worcester in November 1926 and was 90 years of age. He leaves his wife of 50 years, Sheila W. McGuire, his daughter, Kristine N. McGuire of Worcester, MA, his grand-daughter, Katherine Forzley of Worcester, MA, his nephews, John K. McGuire, Jr., of Shrewsbury, MA, Joseph E. McGuire, II, of Manhattan, New York, Christopher C. McGuire of Annapolis, MD, his nieces, Caroline Llewellyn of Framingham, MA and Julia Whitney and her husband, Dustin, of Hingham, MA, his grand-nieces, Callie Llewellyn of Manhattan, New York, Megan McGuire of Hempstead, New York, Ella Whitney of Hingham, MA and Julia Whitney of Hingham, MA and his grand-nephews, John Llewellyn of Amherst, MA, Joseph Llewellyn of Framingham, MA, Connor McGuire (the last McGuire) of Philadelphia, PA and Jack Whitney of Hingham, MA. Mr. McGuire was the son of Julia K. McGuire and Joseph A. McGuire.

Mr. McGuire attended North High School and graduated from Worcester Academy. At the advent of WWII he began military service as a midshipman at the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, entering active duty aboard the ship American Corsair seeing service in the Atlantic and Pacific in 1945 earning both the Atlantic and Pacific Ribbons for wartime service. He earned degrees from the College at Georgetown University and from the Georgetown Law School. He returned to Massachusetts and entered into the practice of law with his brother, John forming the firm of McGuire & McGuire in 1952. He maintained his law practice developing a concentration in Workers' Compensation Law and was appointed to be a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Industrial Accident Board in 1957 by Governor Foster Furcolo.

Mr. McGuire continued his tenure at the Industrial Accident Board until 1964 when he resigned to run for Lieutenant Governor. He was defeated at the convention and ran again in 1966 becoming the nominee at the convention, going on to defeat Herbert L. Connolly in the primary. In the general election Mr. McGuire and his running mate, Edward McCormick, were defeated by John Volpe and Francis Sargent. Post election he returned to the practice of law and with the help of his brother grew the firm. Subsequent to the untimely death of his brother in 1985, he maintained the firm joining with his nephew, Attorney John K. McGuire, Jr., with whom he actively practiced along with Christine G. Narcisse and Paul L. Durkee, stepping down as managing partner to become the Second Assistant Registrar of Deeds in Worcester County from 1998 to 2003.

Mr. McGuire remained politically engaged throughout his career, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms at the 1960 Democratic National Convention which nominated John F. Kennedy, helping to manage Robert F. Kennedy's Presidential Campaign in 1968, as well as the campaigns of Mayor Kevin H. White of Boston. He was a long-time supporter of State Treasurers Robert Crane and Shannon O'Brien. He was a proud member of the Worcester City Democratic Committee from 1952 up until the time of his death.

Mr. McGuire was a current member of The First Friday Club of Worcester, The Clover Club of Boston, The Georgetown Club of Boston, The Worcester Economic Club, The American Legion, The American Bar Association, The Massachusetts Bar Association and The Worcester County Bar Association and parishioner at Blessed Sacrament Church.

Mr. McGuire maintained a longtime affiliation with Georgetown University serving the Alumni Admissions Program interviewing applicants from 1958 to 1985. He was an active member of the Alumni Association, serving on its Board of Governors, as a Regent, and as a Regent Emeritus. In 1982 Mr. McGuire was recognized by Georgetown which bestowed upon him the John Carroll Award, the highest recognition that the University affords an alumnus. Mr. McGuire was an ardent Hoya basketball fan, maintaining a strident optimism despite the ups and downs of the team.

Mr. McGuire was possessed of a unique personality and would endear himself to most everyone he met. He had boundless energy, great dedication, a generous spirit and an unforgettable smile. He was appreciative of the opportunity that the practice of law afforded to meet people and was dedicated to his clients. He was proud of being a lifetime resident of Worcester and respected the members of the Worcester County Bar whom he believed to be imbued with a unique combination of professionalism and collegiality. He loved his wife Sheila, daughter Kristine, and grand-daughter Katie who cared for him to the end. He looked after his nieces, nephews and sister-in-law, Jane as if they were his own. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

Calling hours will be held at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster Street, Worcester, on Tuesday, August 15, from 4 to 8 pm. The funeral will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, 555 Pleasant Street, Worcester, on Wednesday, August 16, at 11 am. Burial will be private.

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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Aug. 10 to Aug. 14, 2017.
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August 17, 2017
Sorry to hear of Joe's passing. A truly great person and scholar
Norm Peters
August 16, 2017

August 16, 2017
Such a remarkably good, smart, engaging, accomplished, friendly, and supportive person leaving a wonderful legacy from a long life well lived. From early on in my career and ongoing, I learned so much observing his adept lawyering skills, the encouragement he gave his clients, and the respect he had for all involved in the proceedings, both during them and outside of them. Rest in a peace so well deserved.
Sarah Luick
August 16, 2017
Joe epitomized the qualities of the Greatest Generation: Service to Country, Community and Family. His ready wit and sharp mind will be remembered by all who knew him. We will miss him.
Paul and Catherine McGeary, Gloucester Mass.
Paul McGeary
August 15, 2017
My sincere condolences to Sheila and the entire McGuire family. Joe was a great person, he always made me laugh. I will always remember whenever we were at meetings, he always like to eat the sweet pastries but Sheila would say Joe, you can only have one. I once sneaked one to him when Sheila was not looking but he refused and said to me Sheila said I can only have one although I would like another. He was such a great man. His wife Sheila always did a great job taking care of him. Rest In Peace Joe, you will be missed.

August 15, 2017
The Eclipse came early with the loss of his bright and warm manner lost on this earth.
A fellow Alumn, of Gtown Law
John Bradley
August 15, 2017
Miss you - Godspeed, sir!
Michael Yacino
August 15, 2017
Miss you Joe!
August 14, 2017
Joe was simply the best. So glad we chatted extensively at the recent Worcester WC bench bar event. Joe was engaging and ennobling in his shared memories of bench bar and clients. Condolences to his remarkable Clan, especially Johnny and Christine, partners in law and life.. With love and remembrance always, Ed Moriarty
Ed Moriarty Jr.
August 14, 2017
John & the McGuire family,
Joe was always a wonderful man and a good friend. We will all miss him.
Bill Scannell
Bill Scannell
August 14, 2017
Dear John & The McGuire family, so sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. I worked at the firm for a few years while going to college.

Craig Magaw
Craig Magaw
August 14, 2017
Dear John & The McGuire Family,

I can see now how the goodness of your spirit
is visible...through your Uncle Joseph. I was a client at your firm.
My grandfather's twin uncles were both Jack and Joe from Canterbury Street and fought in the Spanish-American War.

May you and your family continue to be blessed and may Joseph, Rest in Peace, always.

August 14, 2017
Sheila, Kristine, John and family:
We are away and unable to visit with you on Tuesday or Wednesday. Please accept our sincere condolences. Joe was a great guy and it was always a joy to be in his company. Joe will be missed by many, many friends.
Fran & Shirley
August 14, 2017
I worked for Joe as a Legal Secretary from 1991 to 1993. He was one of the most wonderful people I have ever met. Working for Joe was a pleasure, it felt more like working for an Uncle than a boss. He will be greatly missed.
Fawn Stratton
August 14, 2017
What a lovely man. Sheila, I hope you can take comfort in 50 years of memories, and the knowledge of how many lives are better for having known him. "Mister Guire" will be missed.
Malory Truman
August 13, 2017
Uncle Joe was always so kind to my wife and me. He was a credit to Georgetown and to mankind. Our condolences to the entire McGuire clan.
Tom and Lou Ann Liebermann
August 13, 2017
So many good times! Michael and I are so blessed to live next door! Love always
Brenda Sullivan
August 13, 2017
Dear Sheila and family,

A bright new star has been added to the heavens. If you look up, on any given day, at a beautiful evening sky you will see it shine, and you will know which one it is, because it will be shining down upon you.

Joe was my dearest friend. I am so honored to have known him, and to have shared in his life. There are no words or phrases I can express that would explain my admiration and love for Joe.

Sheila and family, please let me continue to be part of your lives, and always feel free and comfortable to call upon me for any reason.

My prayers always, to you and my dear friend, Joe, may he rest in peace.
John Keeton
August 13, 2017
The 3 Joes
Joe McGuire
August 13, 2017
My sincere condolences to Sheila, Kristine, John and the entire McGuire family. Joe was a special person who was endeared by anyone that was lucky enough to meet him. He lived a successful full life and touched the hearts of many people. I am very proud to have met and worked with him.
May he Rest in Eternal Peace
Suzie Tavano
August 13, 2017
A great lawyer but an even better person. RIP
Michael Akashian
August 13, 2017
An absolutely wonderful person. Proud to have known him.
Jim Bisceglia
August 11, 2017
I will cherish Joe and his memory forever. He molded me as a lawyer and inspired me as a person. His enthusiasm and zest for life was contagious. His generosity of spirit, dedicated in such a special way to his family, clients and the causes he held dear was truly amazing. My deepest condolences to his family and all those who loved him. My life was changed by him, and will never quite be the same without him. Rest In Peace my dear friend and mentor - I will always love you!
Christine Narcisse
August 11, 2017
Beautiful memories
silently kept
Of one we loved
and will never forget.
Andrew Himmel
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