Robert Thomas "Bob" McGuirk

May 24, 1932 ~ December 13, 2013


Robert Thomas "Bob" McGuirk, 81, of Butler, Pennsylvania, passed away on December 13, 2013 at 8:35 a.m. at the VNA Inpatient Hospice.

He was born May 24, 1932 in Butler, Pennsylvania to the late Harry E. McGuirk and Iva (Allison) McGuirk.

Bob attended Hill United Presbyterian Church. He was a graduate of Butler High School graduating in 1950 and then attended the University of Pittsburgh. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Bob was a job order cost clerk in the maintenance control department at ARMCO Steel retiring in 1993 after 41 years of service. He belonged to the #769 William H. Miller Lodge F and A M, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of New Castle, Syria Caravan 14 of Butler, Syria Temple of Pittsburgh, the Shrine Luncheon Club, and past treasurer of the Knights and Nobles Charities. Bob was a Boy Scout Leader at Grace Lutheran Church. Bob was a Sunday School Teacher at Grace Lutheran Church. He sang in the Hill United Presbyterian Church choir and the Blazing Star Choral Society. He enjoyed woodworking and doing stained glass. Bob enjoyed gardening, being a bass chorale singer and a volunteer usher at Benedum Center, Pittsburgh.

Bob is survived by his wife, Margaret E. McGuirk whom he married on September 11, 1953; one son, John E. McGuirk of Santa Rosa, CA; three daughters, Kathryn S. Philabaum and her husband Reverend Dr. Timothy of Perrysburg, OH, Dr. Marjorie A. Vogt and her husband Dr. Dan of Delaware, OH, and Elizabeth R. Gazica and her husband Gary of Ross Township, PA; ten grandchildren, Aaron Philabaum, Matthew Philabaum, Allison Philabaum, Brynna Vogt, Gretchen Vogt, Rebecca Vogt, Sarah Gazica, Joshua Gazica, Caitlin Gazica, and Lauren Gazica; one great grandchild, Addison Philabaum; two nieces, Dr. Martha (Zeigler) Eberhardt and her husband Paul and Ann (McCollough) Caldwell and her husband David; six nephews, Marc McCollough and his wife Karla, Richard McCollough, Vance McCollough and his wife Marjorie, Bruce McCollough, James McCollough and Scott McCollough. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Brice McCollough and his wife Kathy and two other sisters-in-law, Ruth McCollough, and Joan McCollough.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Ann Zeigler.

There will be no public visitation.

Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Hill United Presbyterian Church, 501 Second St., Butler, PA, with Reverend Dr. Timothy Philabaum of Zoar Lutheran Church, Perrysburg, OH son-in-law of deceased, Father William McGuirk of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Youngwood, PA and Reverend Clark Sawyer of Hill United Presbyterian Church officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hill United Presbyterian Church, 501 Second Street, Butler, PA 16001, the Butler Public Library, 218 North McKain Street, Butler, PA 16001 or the Butler County Symphony, 259 South Main Street, Butler, PA 16001.




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