In Memory of Frank J. McGuire

On Tuesday, July 7th 2020 the McGuire Family, and the entire Western New York community lost a leader, philanthropist, and loved one of many.

Frank J. McGuire passed away peacefully at the age of 92.

Frank J. McGuire played a role in so many businesses, civic initiatives, building projects and political campaigns and was honored so many times by a variety of organizations that it’s no easy task to describe his life briefly.

But his son F. James McGuire said it might best be summed up in a quote that hung on his wall for decades: “A ship is safe in the harbor, but that is not what ships were built for.”

“He was not afraid of risk or challenge, and always described as brilliant, tough, honest and fair,” his son said.

Mr. McGuire, who built a business of more than 30 companies that employed 1,700 people in Western New York in such fields as construction, health care, commercial real estate development, shopping centers and industrial real estate, died Tuesday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 92.

At the time of his death, Mr. McGuire was still working as chairman of the McGuire Group, described by his son, F. James McGuire, as “the highest quality skilled nursing operator in New York State.”

“He worked right until the end,” said Danielle E. Shainbrown, president and chief business officer of the Development Co.