Rock Funeral Home


William Michael Maguire

July 5, 1926May 14, 2020

William M. (Mickey) Maguire, age 93 of New Bedford, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020 in St. Luke’s Hospital. He was the husband of Dolores E. (Silva) Maguire to whom he shared 72 wonderful years of marriage.

Born in New Bedford, the son of Bessie (Elizabeth) Maguire, he was a lifelong resident of New Bedford. William honorably served his country in the United States Navy during WWII, where he was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Medal- 2 stars. He later was employed for 35 years at JC Rhodes as a nickel and metal plater until his retirement in 1985.

William had many names, including Mr. Maguire, Bill, Mickey, Dad and Grandpa. He would answer to all of them, especially when he was called to the dinner table. He always loved a good meal. He truly enjoyed being surrounded by his family and friends whether it was a simple Sunday dinner, a cookout or Holiday gathering. He was the father that was always willing to lend a helping hand. He especially loved watching his grandchildren partake in their activities. Up until a few years ago, he could be found sitting on the bleachers rooting for all of the Voc-Tech Bears sports teams.

In addition to the love of his life, his wife Dolores; he is survived by his children, Linda Taber and her husband George of Zephyrhills, FL, Dennis Maguire and Craig Maguire both of New Bedford and Paul Maguire and his wife Robin of Acushnet; nine grandchildren, Kimberly Burnell, Michael Taber, Jenna Tieu, Erin, Ross, Sean, Kyle, Derrick and Kellsie Maguire. He was also blessed with ten great-grandchildren. He was the father of the late David B. Maguire and grandfather of the late Brian D. Maguire.

Due to the current restrictions on public gatherings due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Mickey’s services are private. A memorial mass service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of the ROCK FUNERAL HOME, 1285 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA 02745. To leave a note of condolence:


14 May

Memorial Mass

10:00 am

St Mary's Church

Tarkiln Hill Rd
New Bedford, Massachusetts 02745

14 May

Military Honors

11:00 am

Pine Grove Cemetery

Ashley Blvd
New Bedford, Massachusetts 02745


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Jill Martin

June 10, 2020

I am truly sorry for your husbands passing Dolores(Grandma) . I always called him Grandpa he was always so happy and always shared a smile and a ear to listen no matter what you caught him doing I will miss you and you will forever be in my heart ...Love You Jill

Paul Enos

May 21, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Maguire family I grew up friends with the family since kindergarten. Mickey/William was a good man Remember many a times talking to him on his porch while I was going for a walk.


May 21, 2020

Dear Dolores and family.

It is with a saddened heart that I see that Bill has passed. He was a wonderful person and I am sure he will be missed.
We are all getting older and the Virus has us all confined. Hopefully, I will get to see you when you are able to have Bill's services.
With God's Blessings to you and your family. Love, Alice Frates

Frederick M. Kalisz Jr

May 20, 2020

Dear Dolores and family: Pat and I wish to express our sincere condolences on the passing of Mickey. Over the years we valued and appreciated the assistance and support you have given us. From breakfasts to street corner visibilities and to sharing in special events Mikey and you Dolores were always there. Please know that Mickey, you and your family are in our prayers at this most difficult and challenging time. Although we can't be with you due to the pandemic know you all are in our thoughts and especially Mickey. Fred

Susan Richard

May 19, 2020

Dear Mrs. Maguire - I want to offer you my deepest sympathies . I so enjoyed speaking to both of you at mass. He will be missed.
Sue Richard

Karlton Lenling

May 19, 2020

Dear Dolores, I’m so sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed talking with Bill during our get-togethers at Robin and Paul’s house. Mickey may be gone but he will never forgotten... my deepest sympathy. Love, Karlton

Muriel DeCosta

May 18, 2020

Dear Dolores,
My sincere sympathies to you and your family on the passing of Bill.
He was always such a pleasant man and you both seem to be so happy together. I will miss seeing you both at the Voke-Tech functions.
Muriel DeCosta--Guidance

Robin Ray

May 17, 2020

To the family and friends of Mr. William "Bill" Maguire, I offer prayers and my sincere condolences. Sleep in peace.

Lori and Tim Lenling

May 17, 2020

Robyn and Paul
So sorry for your loass he was a sweet and nice person .
Lori Tim Lenling

Pam Gibbs

May 16, 2020

i am so sorry for the loss of mickey ill miss his hugs when i would see him very sorry dolores and entire family as well