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Obituary: William D. McGuinness

William D. McGuinness, of Norwalk, CT, formerly of Huntington, CT, Pittsburgh, PA, and Manhasset, died surrounded by his family on Dec 15, 2009, at the age of 87. Bill was the loving husband of Catherine (Murphy) McGuinness, who predeceased him. He is survived by his children, Kenneth D. McGuinness, and his wife, Jeanne Anne Norton of Albany and New York, NY; Monica M. McNally, and her husband, Francis of Lee, NH; Sheila M. Wall, and her husband, Richard of Norwalk, CT and William Danner McGuinness, Jr. and his wife Lorena of Albany, NY, and 11 grandchildren.

Mr. McGuinness was born in New York, NY. He was a graduate of Brooklyn College and received his MBA from New York University. He was a member of the 57th AMP class at Harvard. Mr. McGuinness was a member of the 280th Engineers Combat Battalion in World War II, serving in the Battle of the Bulge and other European campaigns. After the war, he started a long career in insurance and risk management that took him all over the world, including a stint as director of Esso Malay Berhad. He served in various insurance/finance capacities for the following companies: Flintkote, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Standard Oil Corporation of New Jersey, and subsidiaries, ultimately retiring in 1985 as treasurer of Gulf Oil Corporation. He was a Bridge Life Master, a SCORE counselor, an avid reader, and loved playing golf with his friends and family at Race Brook Country Club, Orange, CT. He was a devoted family man who, especially in his later years, loved nothing more than spending time with his children and grandchildren. His determination, resiliency, educational patronage and passion to always do his utmost, will be remembered by all who knew him.

A Mass will be held in his honor at 11:30 am on Jan. 9, 2010 at St. Jerome RC Church, Norwalk, CT. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to Running Strong for American Indian Youth at PO Box 670, Raton, NM 87740, the Second Genesis Foundation (a substance abuse facility) at 8611 Second Ave, Suite 300, Silver Springs, MD 20910, or Connecticut Hospice, 1 Park St., Norwalk, CT 06851. If you would like to leave a message for the family, you may do so at www.collinsfh.com. (Look for Mr. McGuinness’ page by date of death, Dec. 15, 2009.)