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Daniel James McGuire
11/23/1932 - 12/12/2020

It is with great sadness the family of Daniel James McGuire announces his passing on Saturday, December 12/2020 at Lakeshore Care Centre in Coquitlam BC, at the age of 88 from Covid-19.

Dan is mourned by his large and extended family including his partner June Gallagher, his six children Laureen Barker (Vern Barker), Janet McGuire, Jack McGuire (Paula Wild), Marcia McCafferty (John McCafferty), Tara McGuire (Cam Mollard), Kevin McGuire (Erin Wright) and their mother Yvonne McGuire, his many grandchildren, Lena MacMillan (Duncan MacMillan), Carly McConnachie (Travis McConnachie), Evan McGuire, Molly van Leusden (Derek van Leusden), Patrick McCafferty, Sean McCafferty, and Lyla Mollard, and his great grand children, Jeremy, Blake and Corbin MacMillan, Owen, Clayton and Elliot McConnachie, and Eli, Simon and Nia van Leusden, his siblings, Maureen, Brian (Carol), Jack (Daphne), Sheila (Neil), Larry (Shirley), and Mike (Nancy). Dan was pre-deceased by his grandson Holden, his brother Patrick and many other dear family members and friends.

Dan was born November 23,1932 in Radville, Saskatchewan to Janet (neé Cowden) and Ernest McGuire. The oldest child of a large and busy family of eight children, Dan was a promising student and athlete. He attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon where he became a mechanical engineer. During this time he met Yvonne (neé Box) and they were married in 1955. His career took the McGuires and their growing family to many parts of Canada including stops in Toronto where he worked for De Havilland, Edmonton and finally to Vancouver where they settled in Port Moody and their family grew to include six children.

The largest part of Dan’s career was spent with BC Gas where he took on many challenges locally as the Manager of the Plant and Measurement Department and internationally as a member of the International Gas Union.

Dan enjoyed travelling, winemaking, photography, classical music, running marathons and cross country skiing but it was in long distance cycling that he found his true passion. As a founding member of the Cross Canada Cycle Tour Society and the BC Randonneurs Cycling Club he completed many long and arduous rides including the famous 1,200 km Paris-Brest-Paris ride on three separate occasions. Through cycling he met June Gallagher, they became partners in 1990 and the two were inseparable from then on. In 2014 at the age of 81, as his Parkinsons Disease became more of a hindrance Dan completed a 10,000 km circumnavigation of Canada’s farthest corners. Dan was happiest on his bike.

A celebration of Dan’s extraordinary life will be held virtually on Saturday, January 23/2021 at 3:00pm PST. Details to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Parkinson Society BC are gratefully appreciated. https://www.parkinson.bc.ca/

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January 24, 2021