Gerald "Jerry" McGuire '53

Gerald F. McGuire '53 Obituary

The funeral mass for Gerald F. McGuire '53 will be held at The Aquinas Institute on Thursday, June 13 at 11 a.m.
Cherished husband, father, and grandfather, Gerald Francis McGuire passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2024, in his home at the young age of 88. Born in Rochester, NY, on August 30, 1935, to John and Inez (Cooney) McGuire, he was raised with five siblings surrounded by faith, music, and humor in the warmth of a loving family. A graduate of the class of 1953 at Aquinas Institute, he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from St. John Fisher University (College) in 1958. During this time, he played basketball, baseball, and semi-professional football with the Rochester Pros and Rockets. In 1957, Jerry joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and upon being commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in June 1958, went on to serve for three years as a special services and artillery officer in Okinawa, Japan and San Diego, CA.   

He married the love of his life, Constance (Wandryk) McGuire on September 7, 1963, settled in Fairport, NY, and worked as the Executive Director of the C.Y.A. in East Rochester, NY. In 1965, Jerry began his remarkable 35-year career at Aquinas, teaching English, business, and coaching football. Eventually, serving as Dean of Students, he had a positive impact on countless students, inspiring them to believe in their own values and encouraging them toward a life in Christ. His unwavering faith in God guided his service at Aquinas as he led and mentored with wisdom, discipline, and warmth.

His love of music filled his home with singing, piano playing, and the slide trombone. He passed his love of music onto his children and grandchildren, who sang along with him to “Skylark” by The Four Freshman, and “The Italian Christmas Donkey” by Lou Monte. He thoroughly enjoyed playing cards and golfing with his friends, and he treasured those relationships. On occasion, he would surprise you by dropping off a homemade dessert, and never took credit for how delicious it was. He took pride in watching his grandchildren perform in dance recitals, play baseball, sing, write poetry and tell stories. He leaves a legacy of wisdom, humor, warmth, and love, and he will be forever missed.

He leaves behind his devoted wife of 60 years, Constance McGuire, his four children, Karen Landon, Colleen (John) Turner, Nancy (Tim) McCoy, Brian (Karen) McGuire, and nine grandchildren: Brennan Landon, Sydney, Jack and Charlie McCoy, Tim, Lily and Paige McGuire and Anna and Reese Turner as well as his brother Joseph (Jackie) McGuire, and sister Judy (McGuire) Costello. He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Inez McGuire; siblings, Dorothy (McGuire) Weidman, Dennis McGuire, John T. McGuire and his grandchildren, Samuel and Rachel Turner.

Friends are invited to attend a funeral mass at The Aquinas Institute, 1127 Dewey Ave., Rochester, NY 14613, on Thursday, June 13, at 11 a.m. For those unable to attend the funeral mass, there will be a livestream: Mass of Christian Burial for Gerald F. McGuire ’53 Livestream.

In lieu of flowers, you may honor Jerry with contributions to the Gerald F. McGuire ’53 Endowed Scholarship.
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