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Patrick J. 'Pat' McGuire, 69, Of Wyckoff

WYCKOFF, N.J. -- Patrick J. “Pat” McGuire died Friday, Dec. 25, after a long illness at home. He was 69.

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McGuire was born Dec. 12, 1946, in Manhattan, to Mary Catherine Diffley and Chester A. McGuire.

The family later moved from the Bronx to Rockland County, where he graduated from Albertus Magnus High School in 1964.

After high school, he attended the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, N.Y., where he earned a bachelor of engineering and a commission in the U. S. Naval Reserve.

McGuire was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve on Aug. 6, 1982.

He began his career as a marine engineer on merchant ships, traveling the Mediterranean, Europe and Japan on American Export-Isbrandtsen and Esso vessels.

After leaving shipping, he worked briefly as a designer on the Bowline Power Plant in West Haverstraw, N.Y. and was subsequently employed by Albert Einstein College of Medicine as assistant chief engineer. He retired from AECOM as a chief engineer in 2008.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Meyers McGuire; his daughters Mary (Todd) Hogan, Ann (Jeff) Broeg and Nell McGuire; his grandchildren Hailey, Freddie, Liam and Patrick; and his siblings, Chet McGuire, Phillip McGuire, Maureen Leahy, Mary Paoli, Sean McGuire and Catherine McGuire.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Vander Plaat Funeral Home, 257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, in the Church of the Presentation, 271 W. Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Valley Hospice of the Valley Health System, 223 N. Van Dien Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

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