Thomas D. McGuire

July 29, 1945 ‒ April 01, 2019

Lexington, Ohio


LEXINGTON: Thomas D. McGuire passed away Monday, April 1, 2019 in his home surrounded by his family.  He was 73.

He was born July 29, 1945 in Mansfield to the late Raymond and Eva (Bemiller) McGuire and was graduated from Lexington High School in 1963.

A U.S. Army veteran, Tom served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1967.  He looked forward to annual reunions with his fellow veterans.

Tom worked in construction for over 30 years with Brumenshenkle’s and also worked for Dr. Brickman and Zahn Construction.  He retired in his early 50s.

Known as “Tommy” to friends and family he was a member of VFW #5101 in Lexington, American Legion Post #535 in Bellville, and the AMVETS.  He enjoyed socializing with his friends at the Moose and Elks in Lexington, and was a member if the Shamrock Club in Columbus.

Hard working, he was a fixer, handy in his workshop and always willing to volunteer his time helping in various masonry projects.

Described as loyal, compassionate and brave, Tom was a great storyteller.  He was very dedicated to his friends, and earned their dedication in return.  He was never too busy to call his siblings, just to see if they were OK and remained ever thoughtful of his family.  Sensitive, Tom truly cared how people felt and how his words or actions affected others.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Mike and Adrien McGuire of Westerville, grandsons Thomas Dean McGuire and J.T. McGuire, siblings Elaine Browning of Columbus, Caroline Johnson of Granville, and Patty and Dave Heichel of Lexington, sister-in-law Joy McGuire of Shelby along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his wife Barb (Schaffer) McGuire, a brother David McGuire, niece Laurie Heichel and nephew Scott Heichel.

Friends may call Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 5-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be held Friday at 12 noon, Tom’s nephew Todd Heichel will speak.  Burial with military honors by the American Legion Post #535 will follow in Shauck Cemetery.

Donations in honor of Tom may be made to Gifts for Yanks with checks payable to American Legion Post #535.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Tom’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

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  • My sincere sympathy and prayers for all the McGuire family as I know Tom was a special big brother to Patty like my brother, Tom, was to me. Prayers for peace and comfort.

  • My dear friend Patty and family,
    I was so saddened to learn of Tommy’s passing. He fought the good fight. May he rest in the arms of angels. Keeping you and your family close to my heart in prayer. Love you all.

  • Prayers for all. So sorry to hear of your loss. The McGuires are a very close family. I know he willbe missed.

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending loving thoughts and prayers to all of the McGuire family. I know he will be missed by all.

  • So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. We ran around with Tom in our younger days living in Lexington. Such a fun and loving guy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tom’s family.
    Roxanne and Dave Biller

  • Mike, Adrien, Thomas and JT: We are so sorry to hear of Mr. McGuire’s passing. We will keep your family in our prayers.

    The Mecks
    Chuck and Maureen

  • So sorry to hear about your dads passing Mike and family. He was such a sweet man and good neighbor to my parents. He and my dad were such good buddies. So many happy memories of him and my Dad hanging out. I remember him being with us and dad while dad was passing . Such a good friend and a great support to us at that time. I bet they’re doing a lot of catching up right now. Hugs and love from our family.
    Joni Ute Pfeiffer

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. May God be with you all at this time of need! Sending prays.
    Darcy Dougherty Moloney

  • So saddened to hear this news, sending my deepest sympathies to the entire McGuire family. Tom was one of the really good guys, he always had a kind word to say and that shy smile for everyone. So sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Carol Arnett

  • Lexington High School, Class of ’63, dearly misses and is sadden by the loss of our classmate Tom. He always had a Big Smile for everyone and he fought all his battles so valiantly, that our hope is now tom is at peace. Much Love !!

  • We are so sorry to hear of this loss. Mike and Adrienne, we are praying for you and your family at this difficult time. I never had the honor to meet your father, but he must have been wonderful to have created such a loving family.

  • The community has lost a good man who was giving and caring. He made an impression on my life during early high school days and was a great friend. I have never forgotten. RIP Tom as the Lord brings comfort and peace to your loved ones.✝️

  • Tom was truly one of the good guys. I loved his jokes and stories. He always kidded he was going to write a book. He could have filled three or four books and they would have been best sellers! I will miss you Tom, we all will.

  • Mike,

    Our family wishes to send you our deepest condolences for your Dad’s passing. He will be missed.

    Tom’s boisterous and contagious laugh booming between our yards was always a most joyous sound. Neighborhood shenanigans, basketball to all hours of the night in the driveway with your Dad giving us tips on better free throw form…great memories to cherish.

    Growing up living next to you, Barb and Tom required no fences. Your Dad was always eager to give a helping hand or report news about the goings on in the neighborhood with a smile.

    Your Dad’s love for family, community and country was demonstrated by how graciously he lived his life and gave to others. Best neighbor ever!!!!

    With love,
    Linda, Kelley, Lou and John

  • Patti & Dave – so sorry for your loss – Thank you Tom for your service and sacrifice – Rest in Peace Veteran in Post Everlasting.

  • Thanks Tommy for the good times and the bad. Your fellow Gimlets and Manchus are proud to have served with you. Job well done soldier! RIP

  • To Pat,Dave and rest of the sorry about Tom he was a good soul and you couldn’t help but smile when he was around because I never saw him without a prayers will be with you in the hard weeks ahead