American Veteran 04

Martin J. McGurrin

August 15, 1946 ~ February 8, 2021 (age 74)


Martin (Marty) J. McGurrin, 74, of Taylor, entered eternal rest on February 8, 2021. 

Born in Binghamton, NY, Marty was the son of the late Martin and Beatrice Smith McGurrin and was a graduate of Exeter High School.  Marty was a proud U.S. Navy veteran and honorably served his country during the Vietnam War.  During his service, Marty survived a severe accidental fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal.  The event had a major impact on him, and in recent years, he enjoyed connecting with fellow survivors of the tragedy.  Marty was employed by Procter and Gamble as a machine technician for 20+ years.  At P&G, he enjoyed the experience of traveling to and working at numerous company locations in the U.S. and around the world as a proud member of a Pampers project implementation team.  After retirement, he was a school bus driver.

Marty loved traveling and attending high school and college basketball games.  He was a loyal fan of the Riverside Boys and Girls Basketball teams throughout the 1980s.  Marty also had a special love for dogs.  He was a devout Catholic and was a parishioner of Divine Mercy Parish.

Martin was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joann M. Conroy McGurrin, who he was married to for 44 years. Surviving is a son, Shawn McGurrin and his wife, Jennifer; two grandsons that Marty absolutely adored, Flynn and Jack McGurrin; a brother, John McGurrin and a sister, Jayne Feshold; sisters & brothers-in-law Christine and William Lynott, and Jeanie and Anthony Bantell; partner Catherine Collins; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Due to the pandemic, and out of respect for the health and safety of family and friends, a private graveside service will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Old Forge.  Military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Navy. A Memorial Mass and celebration of Marty’s life will be held at a later date.

 In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorial donations can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.


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