Tom McGuire was born Sept. 27, 1923 in Everett, Wash., to Leona Burnett McGuire and Sigmund McGuire.
He spent his childhood fishing, hunting and visiting cousins in Okanogan. In school, he was on the Everett High School golf team.
Upon graduation, Tom trained to be a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol, going on to join the Army Air Force and was attached to the 767 Bomb Squadron flying missions as a tail gunner from Italy into Germany. His honors include Good Conduct, American Theater Ribbon and Air Medal. After WWII, Tom worked for Boeing, followed by Howard S. Wright Co., as a carpenter and then lead man. Among his jobs were the Space Needle, Monorail and the Everett Mall.
With a close group of friends, Tom was a member of the Everett Veterans’ Club. He and these friends traveled and created fun wherever they went.
In the late 1960s, Tom built a home for his mother in Pleasant Valley. This became his home base and where he settled in retirement. He worked on many building and repair projects in the Okanogan community as well as helping many with their home improvements. He inspired loyalty and knew how to treat people.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Sig McGuire (1/10/13) and Sig’s wife Helene (11/20/13). He is survived by his niece, Mary Jane Jewett, her husband Howard, and their three children; and his many cousins and their families.
He will be remembered for his ability to create fun and to help others.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements.