Peter Edward McGuire, a New York farrier, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015. He was 82.
McGuire, who was living in Beverly Hills, Fla., and a native of Co. Clare, Ireland, was a seventh generation blacksmith.
He came to the U.S. as a young man, working as a farrier in upstate New York and later in the New York City area.
McGuire served in the 2D Engineer Battalion in the U.S. Army from 1958-64. On April 5, 1960, he was presented with a gold plaque symbolizing his “sensitive, yet forceful, powerful, and exemplary conduct and harmonious relationship between the military and civil populace.”
An excellent horseshoer, McGuire shod horses for trainers such as John Campo, who won the 1981 Kentucky Derby with Pleasant Colony; Hall of Famer H. Allen Jerkens; and Woody Sedlacek. McGuire also shod horses for the New York City Mounted Police.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, June 29 at Fero Funeral Home in Beverly Hills. A funeral Mass will be at 9 a.m., Tuesday June 30 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, followed by burial at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.