Patrick Maguire ‘epitomized the word sincerity’
When one door closes, another opens.
Upon Patrick Maguire’s recent death at 51, as an organ donor, the New Milford resident bestowed gifts of life unto four individuals.
The husband of Heather Lynn (Kelly) Maguire and father of two died Jan. 15 following a brain aneurysm at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2 in New Milford has announced it will honor the 25-year member and past chief.
“He did well balancing family with the duties and detail that come with public service as a first responder,” said Glen Krizan, a longtime friend and fellow past chief at Water Witch.
The department will host a corned beef and cabbage lunch for first responders and their families, as well as neighboring first responders, March 10 at noon, with funds to benefit the Patrick T. Maguire Memorial Fund, which was established to help Maguire’s wife and two children, Ashley, 17, and Patrick, 13.
“We have two more kids in our (department’s) family,” said Fire Chief Jim Ferlow, of Maguire’s children.
In addition to the lunch and memorial fund, the department has received a “Donate Life” flag, a special flag that celebrates organ donation.
A similar flag was flown at Yale-New Haven Hospital, as well as at New Milford Hospital, after Maguire’s death and donation.
The flag will be on display at the Prospect Hill firehouse, according to Ferlow.
Maguire’s kidneys, liver and heart were donated.
His father, Pat Maguire, who is known for playing the bagpipes at many community events, said the family had lengthy discussions about organ donation with doctors at Yale.
Now he hopes to raise more awareness about organ donation, as it brings him comfort to know his first-born child was able to give of himself not only in life, but also in death.
He also wants to educate the public of the importance of the special test that can be performed within families that have lost someone to a brain aneurysm.
“He’s all over the place,” the elder Maguire said he told his wife, Mary, of their son’s organ donations.
Friends and family describe the late firefighter as a dedicated, empathetic man whose integrity shone bright in all aspects of his life.
“He was dedicated to family and dedicated to the town,” his father said. “He took time off to be at functions. For example, 9/11, he always wanted to be at the 9/11 memorial service in town.”
Holding back tears, Maguire emphasized how touched he and his wife have been by the outpouring of support from the fire department, community, church and cards of sympathy.
“When someone passes, you find out how great someone is,” Maguire said, highlighting a few of the stories he has heard of his son’s compassion and call to help others.
Maguire recalled how his son “was the first to respond,” seemingly wherever he went. He recently heard a story of how Patrick had stopped on the side of a highway in New York and ran to help individuals who had been involved in a traffic accident.
Krizan, who delivered the eulogy at his friend’s funeral, said his friend was driven by his love of the community.
“He epitomized the word sincerity,” Krizan said. “What he said, he did,” and in everything he did, “he did so free of animosity.”
Maguire, a 1984 graduate of New Milford High School, was a family man who was proud of his Irish heritage.
He worked for Charter/Spectrum for more than 30 years, where he was “well liked and well respected,” according to Krizan.
Patrick loved to play baseball and softball and was a Yankees and Giants fan.