Danvers — Daniel E. “Dan” McGuiggan, 81 years young, of Danvers and formerly of Peabody, passed away on Saturday evening January 12, 2013, at the North Shore Medical Center in Salem while in the comforting presence of those who loved him.
Born in Boston, he came into this world with a bang on July 4, 1931. He was the son of the late Daniel and Rosalie (Darling) McGuiggan. He grew up in Jamaica Plain and Dedham. Dan was a 1949 graduate of B.C. High School.
After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy where he proudly served his country aboard the USS Mullaney (DD 528) during the Korean War. He was a proud member of the Tin Can Sailors and the National Association of Destroyer Veterans. He enjoyed many re-unions with his fellow servicemen.
He married Ruth “Jeannie” Raffo while on leave in 1953. They made their home in Everett and later settled in Peabody. After being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1954, he attended Northeastern University and graduated with a business administration degree.
The majority of Dan’s employment years were as a Food Buyer for the Stop & Shop Company. He was highly regarded for his high standards and integrity by everyone who worked with him. He retired in 1994 with 45 years of dedicated service. He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus, the V.F.W. Post 1011 and the American Legion of Peabody both of Peabody, and a former Board member on the Moody Beach Association.
Dan was a simple man, but was a very unique character with an infectious personality and had quite a zest for life. He was an avid reader, loved playing cribbage, and was a loyal fan of all professional New England sports teams. He was a very active senior who enjoyed many activities at the various Senior Centers in Massachusetts, Maine, and Florida. He enjoyed Summers in Maine and Winters in Florida.