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SOUTH YARMOUTH, MA - John James "Snooky" Maguire was born in Salem, Mass., on June 25, 1934. He lived in Salem for 37 years. He also resided in Brewster, and Harwich, Mass., for over 45 years. John passed away peacefully at Cape Cod Hospital on January 13, 2018.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Alicia J. (Wroblewski) Maguire; one daughter, Pamela; one granddaughter, Kristina. Also survived by three younger brothers, George E., and wife, Marilyn "Minnie" Maguire, of Harrison, Maine, Peter J. Maguire, of Lakeworth, Fla., and Robert M. "Boo," and wife, Janet Maguire, from West Yarmouth, Mass. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his son, Michael P. Maguire, and two younger brothers, David, and Michael "Mickey" Maguire. John was the first son of George "Pat" and Lorraine (Drinkwater) Maguire of Salem, Mass.
John attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Lynn, Mass., for 13 years, graduating in 1952. He also attended Lowell Tech in Lowell, Mass. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1957, serving four years on an aircraft carrier. "Best four years of his life!" He was discharged with honors on April 28, 1961. He married in September 1962, and worked in Lowell, Mass., as a technical engineer. In 1971, John moved his family to Cape Cod, Mass. fulfilling a longtime dream to live by the ocean.
John established and operated a few businesses on the Cape, "Brewster Garage," in 1971, with his two brothers, then "Brothers Automotive" in West Harwich, in 1972. He ran the auto parts store for many years, until 1983. In his later years he worked part-time for Cape Abilities for 12 years. He retired in May, 2015. John enjoyed his few quiet years.
We will share in a celebration of Snooky's life later, in the early summer! In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Cape Abilities in Hyannis, and Eastham, 895 Mary Dunn Road, Hyannis, MA 02601. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.
Published on January 29, 2018
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