SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Bishop Maguire passed away with his family and caregivers by his side Sunday night at around 6 p.m.
Mark Dupont worked with the bishop and he told 22news his memory will be celebrated for years to come. “Always very gracious, never raised his voice, and never had a harsh word to say about anyone,” he said.
Those who knew him best, including Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, describe him as a spiritual leader who cared deeply for the community and dedicated his life to helping others. “We could tell he was growing a bit weaker, but I could just see that same radiant faith and that same radiant love come from him, and he loved being here in Springfield,” he said.
Outside of the church, Bishop Maguire loved spending time with his nieces and nephews. He also had a passion for sports and community service. Many of those who worked with him said the Bishop’s favorite part of coming to work every day was simply being able to be a part of the western Massachusetts community.
Mark Dupont, a spokesperson for the Diocese of Springfield said the Bishop was so great at his job because he truly cherished every minute of it. “It’s often said and you’ll often from people he was a people’s bishop, because he had a strong desire to be out with the people in the Diocese, just chatting,” he said.
Bishop Maguire served the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield from 1977 to 1992. He passed away peacefully at home at age 95.