Preston, CT – Eugene M. McGuire, 88, born March 9, 1933, passed away at home Thursday, June 24, 2021 surrounded by his family. He was born in Indianapolis, IN, the son of the late Ralph and Helen (Arnold) McGuire.
He was enlisted in the U.S Navy, serving on the USS Valley Forge and was a Korean War Veteran. He completed his military service in Groton as a submariner. On December 26, 1953, he married Mary Dolores Lambert in Plainfield, CT. In continuing with his military background, he went on to work for General Dynamics for 30 years, retiring in 1988, as a Nuclear Ship’s Superintendent.
Gene was an avid car enthusiast and talented auto body man who owned many amazing classic cars over the years. He spent quality time with his 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT, and often required assistance from every child in the household. Many drop lights have been broken or burned out while working on this vehicle. He spent countless hours tinkering in the garage, smoking his pipe and drinking black coffee. He also enjoyed working in his machine shop as well as many carpentry projects. He was a skilled craftsman and always looked forward to taking on new projects.
He is survived by the love of his life, Dolores; sons Michael, Eugene and spouse Lorri, Ralph, Charlie and partner Holly and James and partner Tammy; daughter Joleen; a brother William and grandchildren; Dylan, Cassandra, Shannon, Sarah, Michelle and Christopher. He was predeceased by siblings; Martin, Clifford, Patricia and Maxine.
Gene was an amazing man and will be greatly missed by his family as well as all who knew him.
The family wishes to thank all the staff of Hartford Healthcare Center for Hospice Care Southeast CT for the compassionate care they provided Gene as well as the support they provided the family.
There are no calling hours and burial will be private. A celebration of life may be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Donations in Gene’s memory may be made to Hospice.