In Memoriam


George N. McGuire
Sunday, June 14, 2009

McGUIRE George N., age 89, died peacefully on Friday, June 12, 2009. Born in Weehawken, he has been a resident of Wyckoff for forty-nine years.  George was employed by The Port Authority of NY and NJ for forty-seven years. During that time he was properties manager of Newark Airport when he retired in 1984.  During World War II, he achieved the rank of First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps where he served as a navigator bombardier in an air offensive over Europe. On his forty-seventh mission, he was shot down behind enemy lines. George was awarded the Purple Heart and Presidential Citation upon his return from Europe.

A parishioner of St. Elizabeth's R.C. Church of Wyckoff, he served as lector, Eucharistic Minister, in the Renew ministry, the Liturgy committee and the St. Elizabeth's Senior's. He was instrumental in beginning the church's high school CCD and Cornerstone programs. George especially enjoyed his work as a scoutmaster in Troop 89 for many years and he served as a board member for the Boy Scout Council of Bergen County. He was a member of American Legion Post #83, Wyckoff, VFW Post #7086 and St. Elizabeth's 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus #13670.

George is survived by his beloved wife Elizabeth "Betty" to whom he was married for 64 wonderful years, his daughter Pegeen Jones and husband Jeffrey of Wyckoff, his four grandchildren: Melissa, Rebecca, Kendra and Jeremy, and his four great-grandchildren: Wendell, Kellen, Julia and Brenden. He was predeceased by his son Peter Shawn McGuire in 1997.

Friends may visit on Tuesday, 2:00 to 5:00 PM at Vander Plaat Funeral Home (, 257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff. Funeral Mass, Wednesday, 11:00 AM at St. Elizabeth's R.C. Church, 700 Wyckoff Ave., Wyckoff. Interment at Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Troop 89, Boy Scouts of America, c/o Mr. Ernie Reinitz, Treasurer, 434 Carlton Road, Wyckoff, NJ 07481, would be appreciated.

Published in The Record on 6/14/2009

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From:      Harmon M. WIlliams <>
Date:       June 12, 2009 12:28:47 PM EDT
Subject:  Passing of George McGuire

George McGuire, former Manager of the Business Administration Division, currently Properties at EWR, passed away this morning.  I met with George’s daughter this morning, she is having difficulty in scheduling the wake and funeral; however, the services will be sometime next week to be held at St. Elizabeth’s RC Church, Wyckoff, NJ. 


From:        Pegeen Perry-Jones <>
Date:        June 12, 2009 8:18:14 PM EDT

Subject:   George McGuire

As most of you know from this morning my dad passed this morning. Today I made the following arrangements.

Tuesday Viewing from 2-5pm at Vander Plaats in Wyckoff.

I decided the traditional 24, 7-9 would be too much for mom.

Wednesday morning there will be a Funeral Mass at St. Elizabeth's in Wyckoff at 11:00am. We will be greeting people beginning at 10:30am.

Interment is at Christ the King Cemetery in Franklin Lakes immediately following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to:
Troop 89, Boy Scouts of America
c/o Mr. Ernie Reinitz, Treasurer
434 Carlton Road
Wyckoff, NJ  07481

Scouting was such a big part of dad's life I figured this would be a fitting tribute. They are going to set up a scholarship in dad's name.

Thank you to everyone for your kind words and prayers for our entire family.



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