|Birth: ||Jul. 24, 1924|
|Death: ||Dec. 9, 2009|
Harry Philip Maguire, age 85, died peacefully in his home a few days ago on the 9th of December. Complications from a broken hip and congestive heart failure combined to finally overwhelm him.
Born in Minnesota, on July 24, 1924, Harry spent all of his youth in Fargo, North Dakota until his mid-teens. In the summer of his 17th year Harry struck out to discover the world. Fleeing the cold and snow of North Dakota, he hitchhiked to Miami, Florida and it was from there he joined the U.S. Navy, in early 1942, less than one month after Pearl Harbor.
Harry's active duty years in the U.S. Navy placed him, and his "Crash boat" mates, in the South Pacific and often behind enemy lines as they recovered downed American pilots and air crews throughout the war. His biggest "catch" was an Army one star General on a downed B-17 in enemy territory.
With our victory overseas secured, and the peace it brought, he returned home the USA and by December of 1945 Harry married Catherine Marie Dougherty in Philadelphia, PA. In 1947 they moved to Los Angeles, California and Harry started what would become a long career with the Southern California Rapid Transit District (RTD). Their son, Dennis, was also born in 1947.
Harry, half Viking by birth – as a "White Heathen" Norwegian – loved to sail. With his son's help, they hand built a small sail boat that brought them many hours of enjoyment. Harry also developed a passion for Bonsai and the skills to become a respected teacher of the art.
From humble beginnings, Harry accomplished much. Starting as a young sailor, at age 17 in 1942, Harry rose the rank of Master Chief Boatswain's Mate (E-9), the very first of those so promoted in the U.S. Navy, and this he accomplished well before the end of his 33 years of Naval Reserve service. Harry also rose to senior middle management with the RTD before retiring after a 34 year career.
In 1981, Catherine and Harry moved to northern California and into their newly built house in Shingletown. But retirement did not slow him down. A member of many groups and organizations, Harry was a founding member and past president of the Redding Bonsai Club; founding member, past president and board member of the Shasta Celtic Society; past president of the Good Sam Club - Redding Roadrunners; AARP 55 Alive - instructor / coordinator; Shastafjell Lodge #108 (Sons of Norway) member; Edel Weiss (German-American) Club member; and a Mercy Hospice volunteer.
Preceded by his first wife Catherine Marie Maguire (1999) and his son Dennis Richard Maguire (2005), he is survived by his wife Johanna Maguire, his grandson Ian Scott Maguire, his stepdaughter Janine Hall and stepson Roland Hall.
We will miss his smile, his laugh, his presence in our lives.
Memorial services for Harry, a celebration of his life, will be on Friday the 8th of January, starting at 10 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, 2500 Shasta View Drive, Redding. Interment services for Harry, as we lay him to his final resting place, will also be on Friday the 8th of January, starting at 2 p.m., at the Igo Veteran's Cemetery.
Published in Redding Record Searchlight on December 29, 2009 and slightly modified on May 24, 2013.
Harry Phillip Maguire (1874 - 1944)
Hilda Sophia Maguire (1873 - 1941)
Catherine Marie Maguire (1925 - 1999)
Note: Note: BMcM US NAVY, WORLD WAR II
Northern California Veterans Cemetery
Plot: Section C2 Row 4 Site E
Maintained by: RD Hall
Originally Created by: Flintstone
Record added: Dec 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 46112068
Rest in peace, Harry. We miss you.|
Added: Dec. 12, 2013
Added: Dec. 29, 2009