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William R. Maguire

  • On January 10, 2020

William R. Maguire (Bill) 70 years old of Robinson Township died Monday, January 6th at 5:30 pm at his home peacefully and surrounded by family. He was born March 26th 1949. At age 17 he voluntarily enlisted in the USA Airforce, lived around the world, studied Economics and Management at Oxford University London, and retired from the military as a Senior Master Sargent. Bill worked as a jet engine mechanic, air traffic controller, computer programmer and retired as a field service engineer for Siemens- following his terminal diagnosis over 4.5 years ago. He loved watching television and going to the movies.  He had a great love of travelling around the world with his family.  He specially loved taking his family and friends to Walt Disney World over and over and over and over and over again (especially spoiling his granddaughter).

Survived by his loving wife Noi (married April 16th 1970), and their three daughters Cathleen, Jane, and Margaret.  Also survived by his best friend and sister Jane F. Mosack, sister Ann O’Malley, and granddaughter Jeannie Hancock. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his nephew Timothy J Collins (sadly just two weeks prior-“Tim you won the race”), sister Doris J. Rocco, second niece Kristin J. Brown, and many other beloved family.

Those who were fortunate to know him will miss his smile, sarcastic humor, strength, persistence, generosity and positive attitude, despite his years of multiple terminal illnesses.  He proved to the world that if you set a goal you can always achieve it-just remember persistence always prevails. No funeral service will be held.  The family is grateful for his “long goodbye”. They are doing their best to move past the sadness, by celebrating his life in every way and every day.  And they all will continue to travel the world with Bill alongside them in spirit/ashes- the way he hoped and dreamed.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at pittsuburghcremation.com.

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  • Mar 22 2020
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  • Mar 25 2020
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Jim Howley
  • Mar 26 2020
Bill was a mentor and coworker with me at Siemens here in Philadelphia. Stayed in touch for a while after he moved back to Pittsburg, mostly so he could brag about local teams championships. Very sorry to hear of his passing.
Ed & Peggy Greene
  • Mar 26 2020
May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences. Ed & Peggy Greene
john di marco
  • Mar 26 2020
THE DASH the poem by Linda Ellis I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning… to the end. He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth. For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash. So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that still can be rearranged. To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before. If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile… remembering that this special dash might only last a little while. So when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash? this poem was written for men like bill. sorry for your loss
Doug Byer
  • Mar 26 2020
Bill was a great guy, he was my mentor at Siemens when I was first hired in 2007. He always had a smile on his face and no problem was to big. He will be surely missed.