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Murphy Funeral Homes

1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA

OBITUARY

Patrick Maguire

March 7, 1928September 3, 2020
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Patrick Maguire Of Falls Church, VA died peacefully the early morning of September 3, 2020 after a short battle with cancer and pneumonia. Patrick was born on March 7, 1928 on a farm outside Enniskillen County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. At age 16, he went to London in search of work. He immigrated to New York in September 1948. In 1950, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his adopted country in the Korean War, where he earned a Purple Heart and an Oak Leaf Cluster for two different combat injuries. After returning from Korea, Pat set his sight on furthering his education. He graduated from New York University with honors in 1956, obtaining a B.S. degree in Accounting in 3 years while working part-time to support himself. In 1964, he took the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and passed all four parts at one time. In 1972, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the George Washington University. Pat worked for the U.S. General Accounting Office from September 1956 to his retirement in January 1987. He later worked for the House Appropriations Committee Surveys and Investigations staff from December 1988 to September 1994.

Pat met his wife Margaret (nee McKeon), an Irish immigrant from Drumlish, County Longford, in New York in 1958. They married on May 21, 1960 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in the Bronx, NY. They lived in the Bronx, where their two daughters were born, until coming to Arlington, VA in 1963. They lived in Alexandria, VA for 10 years, where their three sons were born, before moving to Falls Church in 1975. Pat liked to fix old cars and make all types of repairs to the house. He often talked of growing up on the farm in Ireland and of being an “old country boy from the back of the bog.” In his later years, Pat and Margaret often attended family events, grandchildren’s sporting events and activities, and dinner out most Saturday nights at Ireland’s Four Provinces in Falls Church.

Pat is survived by Margaret, his beloved wife of 60 years; children Marie, Kathleen Storer (Joel), Kevin, Tom, and John (Tracy); grandchildren Bridget and Caroline Storer and Fiona, Ava, and Keira Maguire; brother Frank (Gloria) of Canada, sister Annie Corrigan of Fermanagh, brother-in-law John McKeon of New York, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Patrick and Mary (Sheridan), brothers Tommy and Jim and sister Mae Martin.

Visitation will be at Murphy Funeral Home, 1102 W. Broad St, Falls Church on Friday, September 11 from 5-8 pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, September 12 at St. James Catholic Church, 905 Park Ave, Falls Church at 12 noon. Burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust at https://www.givedirect.org/donate/?cid=779 or St. James Catholic School Guardian Angel Scholarship Fund at https://membership.faithdirect.net/givenow/VA50/4197 or via check to St. James Catholic Church, with the memo line saying “Scholarship in memory of Patrick Maguire” mailed to Attn: Kathleen Anderson, St. James Catholic Church, 905 Park Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 11, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, September 12, 2020

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Marie (Toni) Shipp

September 12, 2020

Margaret and family,

I am sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and father, Patrick. He was indeed, an Irish bloke. Working with you at St. James, as we held the yard and cafeteria together while the balls flew over our heads is something I will always remember, as well as getting our children through St. James and your Irish brogue.

Reading the obituary, I see that Patrick had a full and interesting life, always working to make it better, and doing fatherly things.

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Tell John that I said Hello.

Fondly, Toni

Brendan Cox

September 12, 2020

I was very saddened to hear of the death of Pat Maguire whom I have known since childhood. The Maguire family farm was up on Belmore mountain in Mullagudun and like me, he attended Mullaghdun public elementary school. Unlike me (who lived a few hundred yards from the school) Pat had to walk down the mountain every morning to school and then back up the same mountain in the evening, come hail, rain or sunshine – a walk of over 1 mile on a path constructed only of flagstones.
When I visited the USA in 1997 with my wife Josephine, I contacted Pat to let him know we were in the vicinity. I thought maybe we could meet up for a meal. Instead Pat insisted that he pick us up from our hotel, brought to his home for a sumptuous meal, showed us around the local area, and all in all treated us like royalty.
He made a great life for himself in the US and was a proud American citizen. However, he retained a tremendous affection for Mullaghdun always asking after people he knew and I like to think that it was the pure clean air of Mullaghdun that set him up for a long life.
He wrote to me every year at Christmas time keeping me up to date with all his news. I will miss him dearly and the yearly letter he always sent me but will always have fond memories of a true friend. My deepest sympathy to his wife Margaret and his family.

Stephen Croke

September 12, 2020

I first got to know Pat when I visited Washington DC with my Dad in May 2007.

He was my Mum’s cousin and she suggested that I try and meet up with him while we were in DC. He met us at the airport and took us to his house in Falls Church where we met Margaret and Caroline.

After making sure we knew how to navigate the DC metro he gave us a tour of Arlington Cemetery, the memorials along the Washington Mall and the Air and Space Museum. He later took us to the Shenandoah Valley and the Manassas Battlefield.

I was fortunate to see him again 2009 and 2015 with my sister. We were always struck by how kind and humble he was. After reading his obituary it is incredible that someone from such humble beginnings achieved so much in life.

Pat – It was a pleasure to have known you and I will miss our email exchanges on St Patrick’s Day. Rest in Peace!

Patrick McKenna

September 11, 2020

Margaret and family,
Sincerest condolences on the passing of Pat; he will be greatly missed by so many. Pat was a neighbor and friend of my father in Fermanagh and they remained friends in U. S. A. He was a wonderful modest man who was so easily liked with his classic Irish glint. I always enjoyed Pat and my father and uncle sharing stories of “the Auld Country”. I think 2nd to Pat’s legacy as a loving husband and father, may be his significant support to Irish born men who served in The Korean War. After Pat’s valorous service in Korea, he worked very diligently to recognize his fellow Irish men killed in the Korean War. His efforts greatly facilitated the passage of a Special Act of Congress to posthumously grant U. S. Citizenship to 28 Irish men killed in the Korean War. RIP, Pat


Declan Corrigan

September 10, 2020

I really only got to Know Uncle Pat in recent years and, to me, he was a gentle, kind, unassuming man; but these characteristics belied a sharp, intelligent mind. The wonderful photos accompanying Uncle Pat’s obituary are testament to a man who’s primary devotion was to his wife, children & grandchildren; I saw this at first hand during a visit to Washington with my mother and my daughter Hazel in 2012.
At times of bereavement, we look for a quotation that evokes the best memories of those we have lost, in Uncle Pat’s case it is “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
God bless Aunt Margaret, Marie, Kathleen, Tom, Kevin and John and the rest of the family.
From Declan, Deirdre, Katie, Sarah, Hazel & Maeve Corrigan; Suncroft Co. Kildare.

Ann Maguire-Higgins

September 10, 2020

Uncle Pat was a permanent fixture in our life, especially after the death of my father, his brother. Uncle Pat was always available for questions on what classes to take or helping us with completing the dreaded BEOG and FAF forms for college.
He was a great listener and had a passion for imparting sound advice.

With Uncle Pat’s passing he leaves behind a legacy of integrity, honesty and loyalty.
He will be missed!

Ann

Theresa Mimnagh

September 10, 2020

Condolences on the passing of Patrick, May the lord take him swiftly home, my prayers and thoughts are with the family.Theresa Mimnagh Birmingham UK

Wanda Jones

September 9, 2020

I met him at Kathleen's Retirement party, he was so kind and friendly. Everybody was considered family. He was a sweet and gentle soul. Adored by his family and friends.
Rest in Power!!! Your work is done now.
God Bless the McGuire Family and Cherish the memories.
Wanda Jones

James and Kathleen Kenney

September 8, 2020

We are going to miss our Irish-American neighbor! Pat and Margaret lived the American Dream and raised a beautiful family. We send our deepest condolences.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
The Kenneys

Catherine (Cathy) Martin

September 8, 2020

To many, my Uncle Pat was a hero, a celebrated war veteran and a diligent, humble and loyal citizen of the United States of America.

To me, he was my mum’s brother, a kind uncle with à warm hug and the same happy glint in his Irish eyes as my mother... He never once told me about his awards and achievements, such was his humility. I know of those only because of fireside stories told proudly to me at home or by his brother Uncle Frank when he visited us.

Pat took pleasure in showing me (and having his children show me) around his adopted home in DC and Falls Church. I loved seeing Arlington, the Pentagon & the Washington memorial, as well as the Secret Service and the J Edgar Hoover building plus the Smithsonian Museums. (Should I also mention here the mischievous stop-off at a fire station on our tour, in the hope of marrying me off to my own al-American hero?! :-) He enjoyed a little laugh at that for sure!)

I feel better educated because of him and all of you.

May God Rest His Soul
Cathy (Martin) and Valentina

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