Edward McGuiness

Edward R. McGuiness

Saturday, January 10th, 1925 - Friday, May 24th, 2019
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Edward R. McGuiness, 94, beloved husband of Catherine (Jones) McGuiness, died peacefully on May 24, 2019, at Saint Francis Hospital. Born and raised in New Britain, son of the late Thomas and Margaret (Erwin) McGuiness, Ed entered the service after graduating from New Britain High School in 1943. He was a proud World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force. While stationed in England, Ed flew on 27 bombing missions over Germany aboard a B-17 bomber, where he served as a radio operator and waist gunner. After the war Ed returned home to New Britain and joined Steamfitters' Local 218 (now Local 777 Plumbers & Pipefitters), where he was a dedicated union member for 70 years. Ed and Kate married in 1955 and lived in New Britain for a few years before settling in Newington where they raised their family. They were also summer residents of Lake Hayward for more than 50 years. In his retirement Ed enjoyed spending winters in Florida and Arizona. Ed's life was greatly enriched by his eight grandchildren. He was proud of each one for their accomplishments in school, sports and other activities, and enjoyed every moment with them. In addition to his wife of 63 years, Ed is survived by his four children and their spouses, Ann McGuiness and William "Chip" Reynolds of Selkirk, NY; Patrick and Nancy (Borton) McGuiness of Glastonbury; Mary Kate (McGuiness) and Matthew Hallisey of Glastonbury; and Timothy McGuiness of Old Lyme; and his eight loving grandchildren, Nora and Nicholas Reynolds; Ian and Brendan McGuiness; Maeve, Jack and Colin Hallisey; and Eamonn McGuiness. Ed also leaves his brother John McGuiness and his sister Margaret (McGuiness) DiPietro, both of Vero Beach, FL, and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Ed was predeceased by his three brothers, Thomas, Philip and Joseph McGuiness; his two sisters, Mary (McGuiness) Peterson and Alice (McGuiness) Kuskey; and his nephew, William Peterson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in St. Mary Church, 626 Willard Ave., Newington. Burial with military honors will follow in West Meadow Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Office of Radio & Television, Archdiocese of Hartford, 15 Peach Orchard Road, Prospect, CT 06712. Online condolences may be made at
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home
    1084 New Britain Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06110
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  • Service

    Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 11:30am
    St. Mary
    626 Willard Avenue
    NEWINGTON, CT 06111
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  • Interment

    West Meadow Cemetery
    Williard Avenue
    NEWINGTON, CT 06111
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The Dabrowski Family

Posted at 02:11pm
Our prayers are with the McGuiness' Family. Fond memories of time spent with your clan.
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Maureen Moody

Posted at 09:40am
Aunt Kay,
We are very saddened to hear of Uncle Ed's passing. Jonathan and I had some happy memories of a baseball game at Dodger Stadium sitting next to Ed. He entertained us with some very funny and astute baseball commentary. We also stopped by an Airforce museum outside of Atlanta and looked up the background of the air war in Britain. We found Ed's information and the place where he was stationed during his time in Britain. It left us with awe as to the number of missions he flew and the whole story of how many airmen did not survive. Ed led an amazing life, to return safely and have a wonderful wife and family.

Maureen and Jonathan Moody

Linda Peterson

Posted at 05:29pm
Aunt Kay and cousins, We are so sorry to hear about Uncle Ed / Big Guy's passing. He always had a big Irish smile on his face!! He will be missed by everyone, but we have plenty of great memories. Bob and Linda Peterson

Jennie and Bob

Posted at 07:33am
With love and deepest sympathy to daughter Ann and the McGuiness family
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Roger Kindschi

Posted at 11:50pm
In 1999 we bought a cottage on lake Hayward right across from Ed and Kate. I didn’t know a soul at the lake nor was I sure about how people felt about me using a roofing nailer on a quiet Sunday. I needed to get the shingles on my place so I proceeded making a racket on this otherwise perfectly peaceful day. After roofing for a while I heard a neighbor start yelling “ Hey”... I pretended to not hear him .. because in my mind I was going to be yelled at. Rain was expected for the next day and I had to get done.. Every-time my nailer would stop he’d yell Hey!! It came to a point where I couldn’t ignore his yelling to me anymore and I yelled back ... What!!?? When I did he said, your working to hard , I made you a hamburger... come eat ! My whole insides changed that day ! I sat down with Ed and Kate for the first time and left feeling nothing but pure love! I was extremely fortunate that Ed reached out and created a friendship that is beyond my words. He is and always will be one of my most cherished friends. Ed would often walk down and sit with me and we would talk. He spoke so so highly of Kate, his children , and all their children. I am so proud and honored to be buddies with a man that went through the battles he did defending this country. Until we meet again.. I love you buddy and will miss you!! Roger

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