Patrick Thomas Maguire age 51 passed away unexpectedly on January 15, 2018 at Yale New Haven Hospital surrounded by his family. He was husband to the love of his life Heather Lynn (Kelly) and the devoted, loving and proud father of Ashley Marie and Patrick Hunter. Patrick was born in The Bronx on May 14, 1966 son of Patrick J. and Mary J. (Jennings) Maguire of New Milford. He was the beloved big brother of Brendan, Colleen (David Ibsen) and Erin. He was an adoring son-in-law to Patricia (Kelly) and Phil Hewes of Southbury. Upon his marriage, he gained two sisters in Holly (Kelly) Slupatchuk and Hillary (Kelly) Plauche (Joshua) and was a devoted uncle to Madisun and Sydney Slupatchuk and to Gaven and Logan Foglia.
He is survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins in NY, NC, Ireland, Scotland and England. He is predeceased by his grandparents Patrick F. and Johanna Winifred (Sullivan) Maguire and Thomas and Margaret (Finn) Jennings (Mayo, Ireland), his uncle and Godfather Michael Maguire (New Fairfield), and brother-in-law Bill Slupatchuk (New Milford).
Patrick graduated from New Milford High School in 1984 and worked for Charter/Spectrum Cable for over 30 years. From a very young age, he had the ability to fix just about anything and always needed to be working with his hands. He was a dedicated member of Water Witch Hose Co #2, serving as Chief from 2005-06, and was just recently awarded for his 25 years of service. In the house, affectionately nicknamed “Pat the Rat” (because it rhymed), Patrick was recognized for his genuine care of the department and all of the members. His readiness to help was known by many and felt by all.
Patrick enjoyed skiing and was thrilled when Heather said “Yes” when he proposed on the slopes. He loved playing base/softball, preferably first baseman, and was an avid NY Yankees fan and rooted for the Giants, much to the chagrin of some familial Mets, Jets and Patriot fans. Though always good natured, he delighted in those two Super Bowl victories.
His greatest joy was spending time with his family, whether at home together, or on trips to Aruba and Ireland. He celebrated his Irish heritage and was proud to be an American. Above all, he loved to laugh, make others laugh, and was often the prankster. He was happiest when seeing his children crack a smile, start to giggle, or best, burst out laughing. His love and devotion to his family was limitless.
Patrick was loved by, and also deeply committed to, his family, friends and community. He was honest, hardworking, sensible and a gentleman. He truly lived to help others. As an organ donor, we hope his final gifts bring life, health and joy to others and imparts the recipients with Patrick’s goodness, sense of humor and generosity of character. Please take time to notice the “Donate Life” flags at hospitals. When they are raised, someone inside is making that most selfless donation. Both Yale New Haven and New Milford Hospitals have been flying them high in honor of Patrick. The family would like to take this opportunity to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff at both hospitals and New England Donor Services for their exceptional care and compassion.
Calling hours for family and friends are from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 22 at 11:00 am at St. Francis Xavier Church, 28 Chestnut Land Road, New Milford. Burial to follow at Center Cemetery, New Milford.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to an education fund for his children and sent to The Patrick T. Maguire Memorial Fund, c/o Webster Bank, 53 Main Street, New Milford, CT 06776.