Gerald Eugene McGuirkOctober 20, 1917 ~ December 9, 2016 (age 99)
ZEPHYRHILLS, FL - Gerard (Jerry) Eugene McGuirk DDS, 99, died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at the Gulfside Center for Hospice Care, surrounded by loving family members. All who knew him remember him as a gentleman.
Born Oct. 20, 1917, in New York, NY, son of the late Peter McGuirk and Helen (Kilgallen) McGuirk, Dr. McGuirk graduated from Fordham University in 1938 with a Degree in Business Administration. He then carried on a family tradition and joined the NYPD, where he served for 14 years with his Father and his brothers, Ted, Peter, and James. For 9 of those 14 years Dr. McGuirk did two full years of pre-med courses, four years full time at NYU Dental School, graduating first in his class, and three years of Oral Surgery at Bellevue Hospital in NYC. All the schooling full time days while second or third shift NYC Cop!
Dr. McGuirk served in the US Army Hospital Corps during the Korean War. He was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, near Route 66, at the only hospital for miles. Missouri had no speed limit, and no seat belt requirement, so he treated numerous severe facial injuries. He later submitted the procedures he invented to treat them as part of his qualifications for Board Certification in Oral Surgery.
After completing military service, he opened his own practice in Flushing, NY. He also served as Adjunct Professor of Oral Surgery at NYU Dental School.
After a decade of committee work in New York’s Second District Dental Society, in 1974 and 1975 he served as the General Chairman of the Greater New York Dental Meeting, then the largest dental meeting in the world. He also served as the President of the New York Catholic Dentists Guild, and as Fellow and then Regent of The American College of Dentistry.
He founded, and was the Chairman of Delta Dental of New York before retiring from dental practice in 1985.
He and his wife of 50 years, the late Helen (Krayer) McGuirk, moved to Goshen, CT where they regularly attended St. Thomas Catholic Church. He was also an active member of American Legion Post 46. In 2007 Dr. McGuirk left Connecticut to move in with family in Virginia and ultimately moved to Florida with family in 2010.
Dr. McGuirk was a devout Catholic and a loving family man. He was also an extremely generous man who donated a great deal of his time in the service of others. He had played semi-pro basketball for the Wellbuilt Stove Company and enjoyed teaching the game as a CYO coach. Later in life he enjoyed playing golf.
Dr. McGuirk leaves a sister, Catherine Barrett of Garden City, NY, and five sons, Gerard H. (Nikki) McGuirk JD of Wesley Chapel, FL, Michael McGuirk Ph. D of Hatfield, MA, Eugene (Catherine) McGuirk MBA of Front Royal, VA, Patrick (Elsa) McGuirk DDS of Walpole, MA, and CAPT Timothy (Terry) McGuirk DO, Medical Corps, USN-Ret. of Wesley Chapel, FL. Dr. McGuirk also leaves seventeen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and the countless nieces and nephews that are part of a Catholic family.
The family wishes to express its thanks to the doctors, nurses and aides at Florida Hospital, The Gulfside Center for Hospice Care, and Rosecastle Assisted Living and Memory Care, all of Zephyrhills, FL, for their exceptional care of “PopPop”, as he was affectionately known to his family. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday May 6, 2017 at Saint Thomas Church in Goshen CT.
Donations to Gulfside Center for Hospice Care in lieu of flowers. https://donate.ghppc.org/ donation.aspx