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HAMPDEN - John Martin McGuff, 88, of Hampden, born Dec. 12, 1925, peacefully passed away Sept. 15, 2014, in Brooksville, Fla., after a long battle with multiple illnesses. He and his wife, Ginny had moved there to enjoy the weather and to escape the cold winters in Maine.

John was a United States Navy WWII Veteran, VFW Life Member, and a native of the Bangor, Maine area. John was a graduate of John Bapst Memorial High School, Class of 1943. After his enlistment in the Navy, John went back to school receiving degrees from Ricker College and Husson College. Following a brief stint in Connecticut, John returned to Maine and became a fireman for the railroad back when they had cabooses. He later became a Locomotive Engineer until his retirement from Bangor and Aroostook Railroad. All his life John loved competitive sports and spent a great deal of his life racing cars, snowmobiles, and horses. He also enjoyed skiing and fishing, but his favorite pastime was playing golf. John had eight holes-in-one to his credit, as well as a few club championships during his golf tenure. John loved to play golf, whether it was a friendly round with friends or whether there was "rent money" to be made.

John was predeceased by the love of his life, Virginia "Ginny" McGuff; his father, Martin Frances McGuff; mother, Bernadine C. (Fraser) McGuff; his siblings, Catherine "Louise" Dow, Theresa B. Cyr, Martha Frances McGuff Rogers Wilson. Those that are left behind to remember him fondly include his nieces and nephews: Rita Bogan and Lisa Fidler of Bangor; Gary Cyr of Glenburn; Barbara Sprague of Springfield, VT; Julie Yost of Lincoln; Steve Dow of Calais; and Chris Rogers and Greg Wilson of Oklahoma. The family would also like to acknowledge his many friends, both in Maine and Florida, including his golf buddies, Bill Silsby, "Peenie" Murphy, Joe Lounsbury, Roy Leighton, and the good folks at Hampden Country Club. His Maine friends include the Byoricks, Bryants, and Gaudets. John also leaves behind several cousins in Ireland.

John was a tough, no-nonsense, loving, kind, and compassionate Irishman who dedicated much of his life to his friends and family. His quick wit and sense of humor endeared him to all that knew him. John will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him but we can take comfort in the fact that he has finally arrived at the Great Country Club in the sky for his eternal tee time!

John and Ginny will be laid to rest, where they will be together at last for all time. An interment service for John and Ginny will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, October 4, 2014, at Lakeview Cemetery located at 824 Route 9, Western Ave., Hampden. Following their interment service, friends and family are invited to a reception at Geaghan's Irish Pub (back room), 570 Main St., Bangor. Arrangements are entrusted to Hampden Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden.
Published on  October 1, 2014
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