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Frank J. Maginnis, Sr.
May 12, 1935 ~ January 10, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Frank James Maginnis, Sr., 88, of Holyoke, MA, died on Wednesday, January 10. The son of the late Kathleen (Clegg) Maginnis Cavanaugh and William R. Maginnis, he was predeceased by his brother, William R. Maginnis, and his beloved wife, Mary (Griffin). Educated in the Holyoke Public Schools, he graduated from Holyoke High School in 1954, and dedicated his life to service, creativity, and fatherhood.
Frank served in the Massachusetts National Guard from 1953-54, the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954-58, and the U.S. Air Force from 1958-1962. Many of his favorite memories were of the time he spent as a Marine in Japan. Frank was also proud to say he retired from the City of Holyoke in 1989 as Acting General Superintendent of the DPW, and was never short on tales to tell from the job.
Over the last 50+ years, Frank was an avid volunteer, donating his time to several organizations close to his heart. These cherished places include the Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke Public Schools, and the Holyoke Senior Center - but none quite as special as Wistariahurst Museum. While volunteering there in 1981, an employee introduced him to another volunteer, Mary Griffin. The two spent the next 8 years building a life together until her tragic passing at age 44. It would not be an understatement to say the time he spent with her was the best of his life, and he carried her with him every day after that.
Those who knew him well could expect to regularly receive a dozen eggs from his backyard chickens, freshly baked rolls, or even a painting or two. He leaves behind two children, who feel so privileged to have had him as a father and known him as a person, Frank J. Maginnis, Jr., and Eileen M. Maginnis, and his best friend for over thirty years, Linda Duquette. A special thank you to Tricia Zoly, nurse at the Holyoke Senior Center, for her watchfulness and friendship in his last years, and to the nursing staff at Holyoke Medical Center for their outstanding care.
On his last day, as he lay in bed, the sun came through the window and graced his brow. He leaves a short message to pass on: "In reflection, I was privileged to meet, know, and work with many people in my lifetime who made my life feel worthwhile. Thank you all."
A celebration honoring the life of Frank Maginnis will be held on Sunday, January 28 from 11am to 2pm at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke. All are welcome.
"The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809), U.S. Patriot & political philosopher.
For those who feel so inclined, please consider donating in Frank's name to one or more of the organizations he volunteered with or frequented regularly: Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot St., Holyoke MA 01040; South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal St., South Hadley MA 01075; Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut St., Holyoke MA 01040; Holyoke Council on Aging, 291 Pine St., Holyoke MA 01040. Frank would also be delighted if you donated in the name of his wife, Mary Griffin Maginnis, to the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, 221 Appleton St., Holyoke MA 01040; or the Holyoke Public Schools, 57 Suffolk St., Holyoke MA 01040