Mitchell McGuire (born Walter) died peacefully at age 85 on 1 February 2022 at the Ivy Lodge in Saugerties, NY, from Alzheimer’s/Covid.
Mitch resided in New York City for 57 years, nearly all in Manhattan. He and his wife, Cathryn Williams, were married at their country house in High Woods, Saugerties, in 1982, and spent many weekends there on a street with neighbors of gold.
An actor, writer, director, and producer, Mitch brought his delightfully quirky humor to his work in theater, radio, film, television, and with people. He was fun to be around. Mitch loved comedy and improv and told fabulous stories with characters speaking in funny and surprising dialects. Bedtime stories were magical for his kids.
Mitch co-founded the Manhattan Punch Line Theatre on Theatre Row, a company which focused on serious comedy from plays to standup and captured the theater scene of the late 1970s and 1980s. He served for nearly 20 years on the board of directors for AFTRA, and managed and played on their softball team in Central Park.
A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, Mitch was stationed at the Charlevoix Lighthouse north of Traverse City, Michigan. His lifelong love of lighthouses may have started there, he visited and painted a number throughout the country, including the Saugerties Lighthouse.
Mitch was born 26 December 1936 in Chicago to Ruth Mildred Casserly and James Edward McGuire. He is survived by his wife, Cathryn Williams, and their children, Katie McGuire and Brendan McGuire; children from his first marriage, Michael (Jill) McGuire, Kelli (Kerry) Blaser, Lauri (Scott) Norris; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
For Mitch’s obituary and information about a celebration of life service being scheduled for June 2022, please go to: https://www.seamonwilseyfuneralhome.com/obituary/Mitchell-McGuire.