James G. McGuire 68 of Branford died suddenly on October 14, 2009.
He was the beloved husband of Deborah Ramsay McGuire, devoted father and father in law of Kevin and Karla McGuire of Branford, and Ryan and Nicole McGuire of Rockport, MA and grandfather of Jillian and Daniel McGuire of Branford. Son of the late John and Caroline McGuire and brother of John (Jack) McGuire, and Janet and Sal Distasio all of Guilford. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Jim was born in New Haven on July 4, 1941. He worked as a salesman for the 3M Company for 33 years, retiring in 1998. Throughout his life Jim loved the water and was an avid boater. In his younger years he worked alongside his father, lobstering the waters of Long Island Sound and passed his knowledge and love for boating on to his sons. He was a member of the Branford Elks Club and a former member of the Branford Yacht Club.
Through Jim's passing he taught us all how to live. To appreciate Long Island Sound and the wonders surrounding us everyday, to make the most of each moment, to never take yourself too seriously and to make others feel good about themselves. Jim's passions included; boating, tennis, coaching hockey, traveling and spending time in the company of his loving family and friends. Jim will be dearly missed by all.
A Memorial mass will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 10:00am at St. Therese Church, 105 Leetes Island Road, Branford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405, or to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept 300, Memphis, TN 38148-0552.