Jeff McGuire — aka “Cowboy” — was a beloved grounds worker that unfortunately left the Florida Tech family Wednesday, Sept. 18, after a sudden cardiac event while at work.
The 55-year-old father of nine was described as “a friend to everyone.”
Fellow grounds worker and best friend, Jeff Adkins, was with McGuire in his last minutes. “It was very sudden and tragic,” Adkins said. “I think all the students would want to know that Jeff was a friend that would support you and protect you no matter what.”
Sunday, Sept. 29, a celebration of life was held at the Pantherium where friends, family members and others in the Florida Tech community shared memories and jovial words to reminisce his passing.
In between prayers, gospel music and other songs that reflected the best of McGuire such as Old Town Road, Car Wash and To Love Somebody by the Bee Gees, people strode up to the microphone to share the impact McGuire had in their lives and the legacy he left behind.
“Jeff knew this campus was all about the students and that’s why he came to work with a smile on his face everyday,” said ground worker Cheryl Cornwall.
To conclude the celebration that more than 50 attended, McGuire’s wife, Lori McGuire, thanked everyone for showing their immense support and coming out to remember the man that she had been married to for the past 28 years.
“I know Jeff is looking down on all of us right now and if he were still here, he would want to say that he is with you forever and ever,” Lori McGuire concluded.