Molly McGuire Martin

October 31, 1936August 15, 2014

Molly McGuire Martin, October 31, 1936 – August 15, 2014, 77 years old of Stamping Ground, Kentucky, was born to two hardworking, humble parents – Ralph Lee Parker and Edith Clare Wright-Parker. Molly was the fourth of five girls. She is survived by three of her beloved sisters Lena, Edna and Jean. She was preceded in death by her beloved sister Evelyn. Molly was close to her sisters. Edna and Molly spent countless hours singing together. The girls were so talented that they were often called upon to perform at many public events in the close-knit town of Stamping Ground, Kentucky. It was this early beginning of performing in public that gave Molly her life-long passion for entertaining and singing.

Molly eventually left Stamping Ground by way of Jackson, Mississippi, and landed in Pensacola, Florida, where she and her true love, William McGuire Martin, were married on Pensacola Beach in 1977. Pensacola Beach is where, in Molly’s recent words, “McGuire brought us all together and made us one family.” McGuire and Molly were inseparable partners in every sense of the word. The same year they were married, they opened McGuire’s Irish Pub. McGuire was the cook, bartender and designer while Molly “held the house” as hostess, waitress and charismatic entertainer. Together they went on to build several other well-loved and world-celebrated restaurants, Flounders (Pensacola Beach, Florida, in 1982); McGuire’s Irish Pub (Destin, Florida, in 1996); Crabs, (Pensacola Beach, Florida, 2000); and Vinny McGuire's Pizza (Destin, Florida, 2011). Her aura filled every space that she ever entered, especially McGuire’s Irish Pub in Pensacola, which always held a special place in Molly’s heart. Her singing can be heard throughout her Irish restaurants. The patrons and staff of her restaurants were not strangers or employees —they were her friends and family. She loved everyone. Many of the young servicemen and naval aviation students thought of Molly as their mother away from home. On many occasions, she was asked to pin their wings – she always treasured this honor.

Despite her many accomplishments as a successful businesswoman and entertainer, her greatest passion and love was reserved for her family who she loved with her whole heart. It is important to McGuire that everyone knows his dear Molly died of broken-heart syndrome after attending her grandson’s funeral last week. He said, "Only Molly would die of a broken heart." The love and support she had for her eight children, twenty-four grandchildren, eight great-grand children, sisters, nieces and nephews was unwavering. These feelings were only eclipsed by the love she had for her soulmate, her husband McGuire

This past week surrounded by family, “Grandmolly” asked that everyone hold hands as she sang her last song — a hymn called “Blest Be the Tie That Binds.” It should be noted that this hymn is one of the most famous farewell hymns ever sung. “When we asunder part, It gives us inward pain; But we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again.”

The beautiful sweet Molly McGuire's warm spirit is forever joined in the hearts of all who have experienced her sparkling personality.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, 75 Fairpoint Drive in Gulf Breeze, followed by a graveside service at Bayview Memorial Park on Scenic Highway.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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William Pettipiee

October 10, 2014

I was heart broken to hear about Molly's
Passing I have known them since I was a contractor in the Heating and A/C Business, I had the honor of having to work at their restaurant on Fairfield Drive. Later Working for The McGuire's In Destin when they started Building McGuire's in Destin, Fl.
I will all-ways Remember Molly As Mom, who held All of her employees together. We All Love you Mom. Take care DAD, Our hearts and Prayers go out to you, Billy, and the Rest of the McGuire Family.
With all our Love Bill and Gina Pettipiece

Mark & Joyce Kelly

September 16, 2014

We have been friends with Molly and McGuire since our first visit to McGuire's Pensacola in 1994. Our server mentioned she was from Kentucky like us since we retired from the military outside Fort Knox. I started the tradition of bringing or sending her a Kentucky Derby Glass each year when we visited Destin. We corresponded with her annually and more recently through her able assistant Dawn at the home office. She funneled the annual mementoes to McGuire and Molly whether they were on their Boat or at the Cabin. A few years back I had even sent Dawn the first hand written note we received from Molly is her gracious hand script with green ink from back in the mid-1990s. We will sing, "The Last Rose of Summer" in her memory and never forget her thou we never met her! As we always sign off when corresponding to the Martin's through Dawn, We are your Voices in Kentucky and will sing the praises of the McGuire's Experience as true Bards of the Irish Welcome they always provided us when visiting. Slan Abhaile!

Tom & Terry Hoffman

August 23, 2014

We hold you in our hearts, Molly McGuire. Our love always, TNT.

Douglas Carter

August 21, 2014

Bill and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Molly was very special to all that knew her. I met the McGuire family back in November 1978. Played for the Pensacola Rugby team while stationed at Corry Field. John Harding and I worked friday nights as door men. Molly would sing sometimes. Her and Bill spent alot of time at the old place on Fairfield Drive. It brings back great memories for both me and my wife Rosemary. Molly and I use to talk sometimes about back home in Kentucky. She was a big UK fan. When I returned to Kentucky to finish school, she asked me to bring the UK rugby team to the next McGuires St Patricks Day Tournament. I did and we ended up playing my former team Pensacola in the championship. It was a great tme. Former players from UK still talk.about it at our alumni game each spring. Molly, thank you for being in my earlier life while in the Navy. I will always remember both you and Bill. Each year I visit Pensacola, I stop by McGuires for lunch. I was just there back in July.

Again, thanks for all the memories. Your are a special lady. Your friend always // Doug Carter - Lexington, KY

Jeff & Terry Smith

August 21, 2014

Classy lady always treated everyone with respect. I was just a 21 year old beer man when I meet her, she was always outgoing and up beat. Later I meet my future wife at one of her restaurants because I always loved the green skirts. It's been a rough week for the Martin family and our heart goes out to all of you. You have been a big part of our lives. thank you.

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Janet Saunders and Family

August 21, 2014

Amy, We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.

Perry Hunter

August 21, 2014

Thank you for You hiring me on that first Wednesday in April 1987. (April Fool's Day). You and McGuire took me under y'alls wing and taught me the business. 27 years later and I am still with McGuire's. I thank you for You and McGuire having faith in me to help you run your business.
More than that Molly offered me insight into The World and how it operates, sometimes good, sometimes bad. I worked side by side with her for well over a decade 40 hours a week.
After she retired she would continue to call me and see how everything was going.
She taught me so many things that I can't imagine where I would be in this world today without her guidance.
I will miss you Molly. You have blessed my life like no other person. I love You.

Eric Gleaton

August 20, 2014

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Ken Walsh

August 20, 2014

I visited McGuires many times when I was stationed in Pensacola at Corry. She was a wonderful lady. Rest in peace Molly.

Anita Moss

August 20, 2014

I didn't know Miss Molly, but I hear wonderful things about her. I pray for the family during this sorrowful time.