Richard J. McGuinness

19 junio , 19387 junio , 2021

Richard J. McGuinness passed away June 7, 2021 after a long fight with pancreatic cancer. He leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Donna McGuinness; their children, Christopher of Polson, MT, Justin McGuinness of Athens, GA and daughter, Nicole Matthias of Atlanta, GA. He also has six grandchildren. He has two brothers, Michael of Fitzwilliam, NH and Patrick of Holden, MA.

He was born on June 19, 1938 in Worcester, MA and attended Saint Johns Prep, class of 1956, and the College of the Holy Cross, where he received a Bachelor's of Science degree in 1960. He was also commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force upon graduation as part of their Air Force R.O.T.C program.

He served as a Personnel Officer, Air Force R.O.T.C. Instructor and Missile Launch Officer at locations in the U.S., Turkey and England. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Air National Guard. In 1992, he moved to Atlanta, GA to work for the national office of the American Cancer Society. He retired in 2001, after working there 30 years, as the Executive Vice President.

He was also most proud of starting the "Unleashing Kindness" Facebook group with Patricia Fiorello, who he met in Art class at the Christian Art Center. They started with just the two of them and now have over 20,000 members in 99 countries. The group encourages to share more "acts of kindness." All are welcome to join.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester

65 Boys & Girls Club Way Worcester, MA 01610


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Richard J. McGuinness


Linda Goodman

20 junio , 2021

Dearest Donna and all your precious family,

I am holding you all in my heart. Love and Condolences,

Linda Goodman

Dick Arndt

16 junio , 2021

Dick was a wonderful friend, colleague and leader who had the ability to smile and laugh, yet effectively address important matters. He was a caring man who was generous with his resources and his time. He shall be missed.

Dick is in our prayers as are Donna and the McGuinness family. God Bless.

Dick and Elsa Arndt

Jane Calvert-Runningen

14 junio , 2021

Dick was such a pleasure to know, kind, friendly, fun and a great colleague. Best smile ever. I am so sorry to learn of his passing. God bless him, Donna and all who loved him.

Jane Calvert Runningen

Patrick Yogus

14 junio , 2021

Richard was always the optimist in my interactions with him. A better way was always just around the corner. He always strived for it and I believe he has now found it. Rest in Peace my friend.

Birdie Presley

13 junio , 2021

I remember Mr McGuiness' hearty handshake and warm smile and generous laughter. My heartfelt sympathy to his family and those who worked so closely with him at ACS. His kind will be sorely missed.

Jay Foley

12 junio , 2021

Donna, my sincere sympathy and condolences to you and your family on the passing of a husband, father and grandfather. When we were at HC we had many lunches and other activities together. I clearly remember sitting with you both at the Purple Knights dinner at our 50th. I know how difficult it can be to lose a spouse. Stay strong and you and your family will be in my prayers.

John Laszlo

11 junio , 2021

Dick was a very unusual man. He was an accomplished leader at the American Cancer Society, having served in numerous capacities and places. He would drop everything to help a colleague or friend and teach them what they needed to know to achieve their goal. I was pleased to serve with Dick in the cancer fight.

His feelings for the task of helping people was obviously satisfying, because he did it so well, always with good humor and without complaints.

What was surprising to me was that after retiring from the ACS he took up painting and was so good that his work was exhibited and sold at galleries in Atlanta.

He had a wonderful marriage and family and loved to speak of them. He dealt courageously with his final illness, succumbing to a disease that he had fought throughout his career.
He will be missed!
John Laszlo, MD

Mike Heron

11 junio , 2021

Dick was a universally admired and respected exec with the Society. He had great compassion for the cause, for cancer patients, and for his volunteer and staff associates.
Speaking personally Dick and Donna were very helpful when we moved into their commuting town of Ridgefield, CT, showing me the ropes regarding the daily commute to NYC.
Dick was a very special person who leaves behind many many friends and admirers. RIP.

Nelson Rivera

11 junio , 2021

Leader-mentor-friend. At ACS he always asked us to remember those who we served in all that we do. When I read the posts on Unleashing Kindness it will continue to remind me of his gentle soul and love he had for humanity. My condolences to Donna and her family. May your sadness pass, with memories and good wishes carrying you to a place of comfort and peace.