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Joseph H. McGuinness IV

January 16, 1946July 17, 2020
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On July 17, 2020, Joseph H. McGuinness IV ("Joe") passed away at the age of 74.

Joe was born in January 1946 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Joe grew up in Shrewsbury, New Jersey as the eldest of ten children to parents Joseph and Carol McGuinness, who preceded him in death. Following his graduation from Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey in 1964, Joe came to Washington to attend Georgetown University, as a member of the Class of 1968, where he formed numerous and lasting friendships. He had a successful and memorable career in the bar and restaurant business, which spanned more than 50 years, including his ownership of local favorite Chadwicks (later Chads) Restaurant in Friendship Heights. A true Hoya, Joe was a fiercely loyal Georgetown Basketball fan.

Joe is survived by his partner Kathleen Mahoney McGuinness, former spouse Christine McGuinness, children Sean McGuinness, Megan McGuinness and Molly McGuinness Saxon (Matthew), grandchildren Cullan, Siena and Rohan Saxon, stepchildren Ryan Mahoney and Morgan Mahoney, siblings Peter McGuinness (Kim), Mary Ann Curley (Jim), Kathy Marantette (Carter), Paul McGuinness (Ann), Jim McGuinness (Michelle), John McGuinness, Carol Nicolai, Mark McGuinness (Bridget) and Bryan McGuinness, and many adoring nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held in the DC area in the coming months under the care of Joseph Gawler's Sons, LLC.

In lieu of flowers. donations may be made in Joe's name to World Central Kitchen (https://donate.wck.org), providing relief to restaurants and restaurant workers in response to COVID-19.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Joseph Leineweber

August 2, 2020

Aloha Joe ,
Certainly missing you many good times hanging at the beach, smoking cigars barbecues, and friendship.
Conversations peppered with true feelings beyond who you know and what connections are had. Visit visiting DC and the back garden at the Edition or coming to Friendship Heights with my kids and family and you open your heart and restaurant like your home. You were a class act here and are up there with the best of company. One less seat here but you have the best view now. I'll see you soon in Gods time and your gravely "hello how are you" rings in my head and heart. You are loved and until we meet again. Me ke aloha pumehana, Jojo

Michael Kirby

July 31, 2020

For over 50 years, Joe and I worked together. When we met, Joe was in college at Georgetown University and he introduced me to the community.
Joe was an integral part in the first Chadwicks and the restaurants that followed.
I will miss him; he was a big part of my life and the Chadwicks community.
Margaret and I send our love and condolences to Kathleen and the McGuinness family.

Stephen Alpern

July 31, 2020

Joe will be missed by his classmates at Georgetown from the Class of 1968, especially at our reunions which he always livened up.

Dru Francis

July 31, 2020

My late husband, David Francis, and Joe were close friends from their first day at Georgetown, to say the least, true soulmates. They were a "couple" long before I showed up and later when we were all roommates, they were still more married to each other than I was...and for them, the connection was never broken, never interrupted. And when David died young, at 49, Joe was there every step of the way, for David and for me and for our children, another "Uncle." The remarkable thing is how often he did this, "there" for everyone in his orbit, which was more than large, it was enormous. Always. The Mayor of Georgetown for all who returned and made their way to Chadwicks just to "touch base." And in Kathleen, he found a Woman Warrior, tenacious not only in her her love for him but in her unceasing efforts to make his life better in every way. She even snuck him out on dates, slipped him cigars and made sure the chocolate stash was always replenished, making his life better every single day. Joe was more than just an important piece of David for our family, he was this resilient, irreverent Godsend. Everyone should have a Joe McGuinness in their lives and everyone should have a Kathleen to love them as much Kathleen loved Joe.

Dru Francis,
School of Foreign Service
Georgetown '68

Philip Martin

July 31, 2020

A great friend for over 50 years who will be greatly missed. Lunches at Chads with Beaver and Joe were always way to much fun. I intend to give Joe a toast over the weekend, just for old times sake, with a Heineken and maybe a GM. RIP

Kathy Lavin

July 31, 2020

Dear Kathleen,
I am so sorry for your loss. May the many fond memories of Joe, sustain you and your family through this difficult time. Hugs!

Sean McGuinness

July 31, 2020

I managed Chadwicks for a year and that was the best year of my life. Thanks to my old man for that!


July 30, 2020

You have made a great obituary for a unique friend. Joe was always friendly and fun to be with during those wild GU years , which we will never forget.
May you rest in peace and start setting up the bar for our arrival and keep the party going!!

Adios Amigo


Nadia Murphy

July 29, 2020

Joe Mac... What a character. The funniest thing I remember is that my interview for a management job at Chadwick's took place on his lap. Can't tell you why, but it just seemed the right thing to do at the time. Many memories following and he will be missed! Nadia

Walter Ailes

July 29, 2020

I have shared on other postings that Joe and a few other characters taught me how to behave on the other side of the bar back in the early years of Chadwicks in Georgetown. There were many a mornings that I woke up rather upset with how Joe finished is off the night before. Later in life, Joe’s Chadwicks fed my family and was a ritualistic stop for my daughter and I on the half days at the beginning of the Christmas holidays. That warm smile, the pat on the back, always made the connection of over 40 + years of play. So sorry; we have lost another DC institution.