on September 21, 2013 - 4:52 PM
Nov. 14, 1940 – Sept. 16, 2013
Donald Paul McGuire, a member of the McGuire family that owns several real estate and health care facilities in Western New York and Florida, died Monday in Sarasota, Fla. He was 72.
He was born in Buffalo, grew up in South Buffalo, attending Holy Family Church, and Timon and South Park high schools.
After high school, Mr. McGuire served in the Navy as an electrician aboard the USS Myles C. Fox.
Following his military service, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Canisius College in 1966. He moved to Wellsville with his wife, the former Mary F. Gorey, and children and worked as an accountant for the Worthington Corporation.
In 1972, the family moved to Sarasota, where Mr. McGuire and his brothers owned several hotels, condominiums, and the restaurants Yesterdays in Sarasota and Molly Maguire’s in Clearwater and Tampa.
In 1991, Mr. McGuire moved back to Buffalo to oversee the day-to-day operations for several facilities for the McGuire Group. He spent the majority of his career as an administrator at the Seneca Health Care Center, retiring in 2010.
Mr. McGuire earned a Master of Science degree in health care administration from D’Youville College in 1995 and was a member of the West Seneca Rotary.
He married the former Kathryn E. McCarthy in 1993. She died in 2008.
He and his late wife were supporters of the Buffalo Bills. Mr. McGuire had a tremendous thirst for knowledge, was a voracious reader and witty storyteller who could launch into a fascinating history lesson at any time.
He is survived by his children Shirley, Donald, James and Martin; stepchildren Robert Patterson, Trisha Nowak, Joseph Patterson and Ellen Pierchala; and two brothers, Frank and Bryan.
A memorial service will be held 10:15 a.m. at James W. Cannan Funeral Home, 3155 Orchard Park Road, Orchard Park.