James Maguire

Obituary of James B. Maguire

James B. Maguire

September 25, 1936 – February 9, 2022

Jim passed quietly in his sleep on February 9th, 2022, after a battle with Parkinson’s over the past several years.

 He was born in East St. Louis, IL on Sept. 25, 1936. His family moved to Decatur, IL shortly after, where he became known as the singing center. He led his basketball team to the state Sweet Sixteen in 1955. He started his college career at Iowa State in Veterinary Science and transferred to Eastern Illinois University to get his teaching degree. He received his Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University.

In his life he was a teacher, a counselor, a coach, and an administrator. He also built a technical center. Just when he needed another challenge in life, he became a sales rep, sales manager, and regional manager of various computer software companies. He and his wife Bonnie retired to Hilton Head in 1996, where they enjoyed travel and played as much golf as they could handle. He was a lifelong Chicago Bears fan.

Jim never stopped learning…from training his dog Duey to be a service dog, to building his own golf clubs, to teaching himself to use a Mac at the age of 70. He loved his photography and mentoring students from the local area.

He was preceded in death by his parents James (JP) and Cora (Spratt) Maguire, sister JackDee Hazelrigg, niece Amy Monti and his beloved dog Duey.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie, son Michael (Beth), daughter Molly (Chuck) Buth, grandchildren Elizabeth (Dustin) Hlavaty, Kristen Buth and Erik Buth, and his nephews Pat Hazelrigg and Drew Hazelrigg…and we cannot forget his dog Matty.

A Celebration of Life will be held March 24, 2022, at the Long Cove Club from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Parkinson’s Foundation (www.parkinson.org) or the Hilton Head Humane Association (www.hhhumane.org).


Celebration of Life

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Long Cove Club
399 Long Cove Drive,
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
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