Calling hours for John “Jack” Joseph Maguire, who passed away at home on September 24th, 2022, will be held Saturday, October 8th, from 5-8pm, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton, followed by a short Funeral Service, with Deacon Neil Fuller officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the United States Air Force. A burial will be private at the Brookside Cemetery in Watertown.
Jack married Janet Marie Petrizzo on July 20th, 1963. Together they shared a wonderful life until Janet’s passing on November 9th, 2003.
After graduating from Sacred Heart High School, Yonkers, N.Y. in 1951, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he trained as a Special Radio Technician. He proudly served with the 531st Fighter Bomber Squadron, including a tour of duty in Korea during the Korean War.
After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Jack worked as a repairman of mimeograph machines in New York City and Philadelphia for several years. With the migration from mimeographs to modern copiers. Jack became a copier repairman and accepted a job with Nichol’s Business Services in 1971. This prompted Jack and Janet to move their family to Clayton where they purchased the Cozy Inn Motel. Although Jack enjoyed a successful career as a copier repairman for the north country for many years, retiring from ComDoc in 1998, the motel business didn’t go as smoothly. They closed the motel after several years but not before Jack’s hotelier skills became notorious and supplied a trove of comical tales often retold at family functions. Retirement wasn’t for Jack, and he soon took a part time position with Office Systems as a Parts Clerk where he happily worked for many more years.
Jack and Janet loved hosting both local and out of town family. Jack shared as especially close relationship with his brothers, Billy and Buddy. We take comfort in knowing the Maguire brothers are together again, sharing a beer and making up for lost time. Besides spending time with family, Jack enjoyed playing golf, building model trains, reading about history, and discussing politics.
Jack is survived by a son, Arnold Wilcock, Silverton, OR; two daughters and their husbands, Patti & Herman Gushlaw, Clayton, and JoAnne and Jeff Van Brocklin, Watertown; five grandchildren, Kim (Mike) Votra, John (Regan) Gushlaw, Jenny (Ralph) Simon, Brian (Janaine) Lawrence, and Michael VanBrocklin; eight great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Jake) Angus, Kira, Kassandra and Aiden Votra, Tommy Simon, wen, Charlie and Connor Lawrence; one great great-granddaughter, Emily Angus; a sister in law, Betty Maguire; and several cherished nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his beloved cat, Cindy.
Besides his parents and wife, Jack is predeceased by his brothers and sister-in-law, William (Billy) and Dorothy (Dot) Maguire, and Frank (Buddy) Maguire, a daughter-in-law, Telesa (Teah) Wilcock, and a great-grandson, Owen Lawrence.
Calling hours and funeral time will be announced later. A private burial with Military Honors by the United States Air Force will be at the Brookside Cemetery in Watertown.
Donations can be made to the Clayton Fire Department or the SPCA.
paul n fiegl
Dear Maguire family
My deepest sympathies. God Bless. When i worked at the jefferson county highway department. Jack would come in to service our copiers. Jack was an awesome guy. I looked forward to him coming to fix or service our copiers. They don’t make them like jack anymore.
Michele (Molnar) Larkin
JoAnne and family – I am so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. I remember his humor and him being an all around great man! I also remember getting yelled at for us hanging out in the hotel rooms when we weren’t supposed to be LOL
Love to you all
I worked with Jack when he joined Nichols Business Equipment that became Comdoc Inc until he retired. He had a great rapport with all the customers in the Watertown and surrounding area. He was kind and gentle and always very friendly with all his colleagues. His knowledge and expertise where top notch. He would take the time and teach you what he knew and never gave up being your friend. You always felt welcome when you where around him. He’ll be missed. May he Rest In Peace. Eric Mark
So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Have some fond memories. Enjoyed his dry sense of humor.
My prayers are with the family at this time.Jack was such a private person,one would never know he was your neighbor. I ,for one will miss seeing him out in the yard or getting his mail.
william m maguire
Deep condolences to JoAnne, Arnold, & Patti on the passing of my Uncle Jack. I will always associate him with. the many many holidays, and summers of my childhood when he was a frequent guest at my parent’s home, as well as pleasant summer days in Browns Mills Those were happy times, and Uncle Jack was a welcome and eager participant in our many lively family discussions. With his passing all of the adults who came from that poor neighborhood on Nepperhan Avenue, and who lived such bright & fulfilling lives are gone.
Rest in Peace, Uncle Jack.