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Obituary: Robert C. Maguire, 89

Apr 05, 2018 06:13AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Robert C. Maguire

Robert C. Maguire, 89, formerly of the Highland’s section of Lowell and a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family, died peacefully on Saturday, March 31st in Dracut surrounded by his loving family.

A resident more recently of Daytona Beach, Florida and Dracut, he was the beloved husband of 43 years to the late Helen T. (Melancon) Maguire who died in 1997.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 25, 1928, a son of the late Joseph and the late Margaret (McDonough) Maguire, he attended St. Michael Grammar School and was a graduate of Keith Academy with the Class of 1945. He then went on to attend Providence College in Rhode Island.

 A veteran during the Korean Conflict, Bob proudly served his country as a Corporal in the U.S. Army in Germany and throughout Europe.

Before retiring, he was Administrator of the Lowell Regional Transit Authority. Previously, he was employed as a Field Accountant for New England Power Service Company for many years. 

Dedicated to public service, Bob served as the Mayor of Lowell twice, first as the 68th Mayor from 1968-1969 and later as the 74th from 1980-1981. In addition, he served on the City Council for 16 years. He was also a candidate for Congress in 1968.

A communicant of St. Margaret Church most of his life, Bob was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council # 72.

A proud husband, father, grandfather, and brother, he cherished the time he was with his family. He also enjoyed travel, politics, American history, reading and writing and was an avid New England sports fan. 

Among his many interests, Bob loved golfing at Mt. Pleasant Golf Club in Lowell, where he was an Honorary Life member and Past President. Bob was also a member of the Westminster Country Club, Daytona Beach Country Club in Florida and Orleans Country Club in Vermont.          

In addition, he was a founding member of the Keith Academy Men’s Club and the Society of Evelyn in Fife, Scotland.

Mr. Maguire is survived by four children Michael Maguire and his wife Anne (Lussier) of Dracut, MA, Lynne Lantagne and her husband Stephen of Wethersfield, CT and Patricia Maille of Dracut, MA and Robert C. Maguire, Jr. of Lowell; ten grandchildren Matthew and Meghan Maguire, Bridgette, Molly, Emily and Luke Lantagne and Michael, Rachael, Rebecca and Daniel Maille; a sister-in-law Shirley (Morin) Maguire of Lowell; a brother-in-law Al Turcotte of Dracut, MA; many nieces and nephews; and a wide circle of friends.

He was also brother of the late Joseph Maguire and the late Herbert Maguire.

The Maguire family would like to thank his Daytona Beach friends and neighbors for keeping him fed in the winter months, the staff at Ashland Farms Assisted Living and Compassionate Care Hospice for their kindness and care and a special thanks to Norm Anderson for his care and assistance.

               In closing, while socializing with friends, “The Shooter” would raise a glass:

                                             “Come tarry here and friendly be,

                                             To quaff the foaming brew.

                                             A friendly smile, a song, a dance,

                                             To cheer the heart of you.”        

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 8 P.M. on Friday, April 6. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Saturday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock. (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Family burial to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Salvation Army, 150 Appleton St, Lowell, MA 01852.  Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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