Phyllis Eleanor McGuire
1931 - 2021
Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals-West Chapel - North Adams
521 West Main St
North Adams, MA
Phyllis Eleanor (Daffee) McGuire of Williamstown, MA, formerly of Elmhurst, NY passed away on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 after living in Williamstown for 33 years. Beloved wife of the late William McGuire. Adored mother of Christopher J. McGuire (wife Cathleen Grogan McGuire) of Massapequa, NY and Jennifer McGuire Sciarratta of Bayside, NY. Grandmother of Alyssa SciarrattaCinturati (and husband Steven Cinturati), Nicholas Sciarratta, Jack McGuire and Mary McGuire. Great-grandmother of Angelo and Ariana Cinturati.

Phyllis was born on February 25, 1931 in the Bronx, NY to Agnes Rizzo Daffee (Philadelphia, PA) and her husband Philip C. Daffee (Uj-Verbasz, Hungary). She attended Walton High School and went on to work for Continental Can Corporation where she met her future husband, William McGuire. They were married May 25,1963 at the Church of Our Saviour on Park Avenue in New York City. She and Willam resided in Elmhurst, Queens in New York City where they raised their children Christopher and Jennifer.

In 1988, Phyllis and William retired to the mountains of Williamstown, MA after they fell in love with the area while taking Christopher to and from his alma mater, Williams College. A woman of deep faith, she always became a devout parishioner at her local churches whether in Elmhurst (Resurrection Ascension RC Church) or in Williamstown (St's Patrick and Raphael (RC Church). Phyllis became a columnist for several publications and eventually for the Berkshire Eagle where she delighted in writing articles for her column entitled "That's Life."

In February 2021, Williamstown celebrated Phyllis' 90th birthday with her as a parade was thrown in her honor that traveled down Spring Street and was attended by students, store owners, friends and family. She loved being a Williamstown resident and will be missed as a vibrant member of the community.

A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday August 23, 2021 at 11 am at St's Patrick and Raphael Parish in Williamstown, MA. The Flynn & Dagnoli Funeral Homes, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA are in care of arrangements. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

Published by The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 20, 2021.
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St's Patrick and Raphael Parish
Williamstown, MA
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