Charles T. Maguire, 84, of Colonie, passed away peacefully in his home with his beloved wife at his side along with his three children and two grandchildren: Matthew and Amanda. Charlie was born in North Albany on December 24, 1936 to Paul and Roselma St. Louis Maguire.
After losing his father as a young boy, Charlie was loved and raised by his mom and Joseph Scarff, whom Rose married after Paul’s death. Charlie’s parents and close relatives instilled in him the importance of family, friends, honesty and hard work; virtues he carried throughout his life as he was a loyal, and supportive person to all of his family and friends. A highlight of Charlie’s year, that became a lasting uninterrupted tradition for 40 plus years, was to gather with family and friends on his Christmas Eve birthday to celebrate the birth of Christ.
After an early accomplishment of being on the State’s CYO Championship VI basketball team, Charlie attended CBA and with his buddy Tommy Mosher, joined the US Marines Corps where he served from 1954 to 1957. In 1961 he joined a unknown small trucking company that is now seen on every street in the U.S., United Parcel Service. Charlie spent 31 years helping build the Upstate market and started on the ground floor before retiring as the Division Manager, where many of his co-workers became life long best friends. Charlie was always available and active with his children's sports and activities, whether coaching his sons baseball teams, or introducing his children to golf, skiing and tennis. He loved time with his friends whether it was bowling, playing golf, poker or after hours business meetings. Above all Charlie enjoyed spending time with his wife taking early morning drives, and at most times the two could be found on their front porch or sitting in front of their camp at Saratoga Lake where everyone was welcome and treated like family.
Charlie is survived by his devoted and cherished wife of sixty years, Shirley; daughter Pattie and sons Chuck (Rebecca) and James (Regina); His grandchildren that were always a source of pride and love Matthew, Amanda, Ryan and Leanna; beloved younger brother Thomas Scarff; beloved son-in-law of the late Peter and Catherine Morawski; beloved Brother-in-law of “sister” Joan Sichler, his nieces and nephews Gail and the late Scott Moule; Sharon (Bill) Ferris, Lynne Camileo, the late Eugene (Bonnie) Schissler, and Paul (Rita) Maguire, he was also the loving great-uncle to many nieces and nephews that brought him so much joy. Charlie is predeceased by his devoted brother Richard Maguire, and his supportive and loving uncle Dr. Bill Maguire.
Thanks to St. Peter’s Hospice, Chi, his private duty nurse Dot Mueller, and his home healthcare aides including Kathleen and Colleen whose commitments enabled him to be at home with his family; the Town of Colonie EMS; and we are also very thankful for the great and warm care given by Dr’s Robert Bush, John Phelan, Thomas Schumacher, and Igal Zuravicky; and his cherished K-9 companions, the late Duncan and his still frolicking brother Piper.
A Special thanks and appreciation go out to all his loyal neighbors (along with their dogs) and friends who were always eager to stop by to say hello, or give a lending hand ensuring that after any snowfall he had the cleanest driveway and walkway on the street.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit with Charlie’s family on Tuesday from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at Cannon Funeral Home, 2020 Central Avenue, Colonie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday morning at 9:00 am at St. Clare’s Church, 1947 Central Avenue, Colonie. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens.
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