Robert McGuirl

  • Died: October 5, 2019
  • Location: New Rochelle, New York

Pelham Funeral Home

64 Lincoln Ave
Pelham, NY 10803

Tel. (914) 738-1060

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert Joseph McGuirl Jr., 69, of New Rochelle, NY, passed away on October 5th at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized for two weeks.

Born in 1949 to Mildred and Robert J. McGuirl Sr., Robert grew up in Pelham Manor, NY, the third of five children. He graduated from Pelham Memorial High School in 1968, where he enjoyed a large circle of friends and played several sports. Following graduation, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving two tours in Vietnam. The impact of those years fostered his lifelong devotion to veterans' causes as a volunteer and a leader, for which he received innumerable honors.

Upon returning from the army, Bob studied at Westchester Community and Mercy Colleges under the GI Bill. He tended bar at several pubs in the Bronx and Westchester, where his magnanimous personality shined. He was a big guy with a big heart, who always had a story to share, a joke to tell or a gift to give. Despite declining health in recent years, Bob showed great fortitude, never losing his sense of humor nor deep empathy for others. He relentlessly volunteered his time and energy to better the lives of local veterans, especially at the Montrose VA Hospital.

Bob was gifted with a phenomenal memory for people and history. He was a proud American, who reminded us of the sacrifice of those who have served our country. For many years, he led the annual Pelham Memorial Day Parade with great pride. Bob also cherished his Irish heritage and in 2004 became a dual citizen of Ireland. He was a beloved brother, uncle and friend, who will be remembered for his larger-than-life personality. His generous spirit remains an inspiration for all who knew and loved him.

Bob was predeceased by his brother James, and is survived by his sisters, Patricia Sharma, Elizabeth Mutschler and Kathleen Burrell, ten nieces and nephews, who affectionately called him Uncle Bronco, and twelve grandnieces and grandnephews.

Visitation hours will be 4-8pm on Thursday, October 10th at Pelham Funeral Home, 64 Lincoln Ave. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am on Friday, October 11th at St. Catherine's Church in Pelham; internment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Robert J. McGuirl Scholarship Fund, care of American Legion Post 50, Richard J. Daronco Townhouse, 20 Fifth Ave. Pelham, NY 10803.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Bob at Fort Bragg in 1997, during an "old timers" visit, and talked for a little while with him and his friend, Larry Reber. I was commissioned via Fordham ROTC, and so we spent some time talking about the Bronx and NY. He wanted to get a photo together, and then took the time to send me a nice note and a copy of the photo. I just came across the photo this weekend, and a quick internet search brought me to this memorial page. I'm so sorry for your loss. Bob seemed like a really nice guy, and his loss undoubtedly left a big hole for all of you. Enjoy the photo and the note, a reminder of his display of kindness to a stranger (but fellow veteran!).

Posted by Michael Dee - Sag Harbor, NY - Acquaintance   February 23, 2020

Bob grew up across the street from us, so I have known him all his life. Despite the age gap I always sought him out whenever I was in Pelham. Usually finding him at one of the pubs in town. He was a warm and happy man and always had a smile and friendly greeting. He also was most generous with a free pour for an old friend and neighbor. Sad news indeed.

Posted by Gerry cooney - Hemet, CA - Neighbor   October 10, 2019

Very sad to hear of Bob's passing this week. It brought back some great memories of the old days in Pelham and the Mayflower Tavern. He was without a doubt the best bartender of all times. Always with a joke or a great story, keeping a sharp eye on the bar, war movies on the TV, Frank Lovejoy & Aldo Ray film festivals, all those characters in the place like Martin Bob, Ricky Cardillo and Jimmy The House, Doug and Charlie Turner's the Dawn Patrol "keeping the streets safe for democracy", Bob tapping the bar with a "good luck, that one's on me" and always greeting with "everyday's your birthday". A "safe home" and "all the best" to you my old friend - You will be greatly missed Bronco Bob!

Posted by Jeff O'Brien - Berwyn, PA - Friend   October 10, 2019


Posted by louise lantelme - YONKERS, NY - Friend   October 10, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I've known him for many years, first met him when he was working at The Mayflower.
He was just the most thoughtful, generous person. He and I went shooting several times, an activity he really loved.
Although we hadn't seen each other in several years, he called me when my brother Mike passed away in 2018.
I'm sorry I can't get to Bob's services as I'm out of the country right now.
I'll miss his sense of humor and his great spirit!

Posted by Tom Carroll - Leland, NC - Friend   October 10, 2019

We were so very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Donna and I have fond memories of Bob and Jimmy and with playing with the McGurl girls on James Street. We hope you are comforted by your memories of Bob and in knowing that the Minella family has you in their thoughts. Lisa Minella Scagnelli

Posted by Lisa SCAGNELLI - WEST NYACK, NY   October 09, 2019


My prayers and heartfelt condolence to the family! I know he will have that big Irish smile as he enters Heaven! Thanks for all the wonderful and fun times we had together Big Bob! God Bless!

Posted by Thomas Ackerly - Lawrence, KS - Friend   October 08, 2019

Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. May your treasured memories of Bob always fill your heart with love and peace

Posted by A friend   October 08, 2019

Heaven gained another angel ~

Posted by CAROL MCMANUS - ACWORTH, GA - Friend   October 08, 2019

Big Bob, for 46 years a very dear friend, for all his life, a great American, I will miss him very much. Ray Smith (Zeke)

Posted by ray smith (Zeke) - pelham manor, NY - Friend   October 08, 2019

Bob was one of those rare beings, who if was never born, we would have had to invent him. He was a big man, but never too big not to be a good man and a great friend. He was large in many ways, but never larger than life.What I will always remember most about him was how willingly he shared that beautiful life with so many.Precious in the eyes of God is the return of a faithful servant.

Posted by Joseph Carr - Glen Rock, NJ - Friend   October 08, 2019

The the McGuirl family, my heart was broken this morning to learn of Bob's passing. I am certain he will have a very special place in Heaven. He was a loyal friend and a wonderful human being.
Phyllis Longhi

Posted by PHYLLIS LONGHI - Harrison, NY - Friend   October 08, 2019

RIP Big Bob

Posted by KC Choi - New Rochelle, NY - Friend   October 07, 2019


Hey Good Buddy, Thank you for all the battles you fought for your country, and for the veterans that came after you. You can now rest in peace in the memories of those who are blessed to have known you.

Posted by Sandy Killen - Larchmont, NY - Family Friend   October 07, 2019

Rest In Peace, my dear friend. Thank you for wonderful memories and happy times together. You were one of the kindest people I ever knew, and I will sorely miss you. God bless you.

Posted by Audrey Leonard - Highland Park, IL - Friend   October 07, 2019


Big Bob you will be missed. Beautiful memories of the kind and gentle man you are. Pelham Bay memories from the whole family

Posted by chris    October 07, 2019

RIP Bobby Mc friend to all you will truly be missed! you were the true definition of what its like to be an
American and live in the USA it is my pleasure and honor to tell people we were friends. God Bless You
Todd A. Zuzulo, Pelham NY

Posted by Todd Zuzulo - pelham, NY - Friend   October 07, 2019

Bob was an amazing person and neighbor! God rest your soul Bob. You will be tremendously missed!!

Posted by Angela & Joe Keating - Pelham, NY - Neighbor   October 07, 2019

Big Bob is the epitome of someone who truly cared about the welfare and well being of others above his own health issues. His record of service far surpasses any expectations we veterans who have have known and worked with him. He was truly a veterans friend and served as Chair of the Westchester County Veterans Advisory Board where his leadership lead to many programs to enhance the service to our veterans in need: The Favor Program; The Veterans of Westchester recycling Program; the Homeless Housing Assistance Program; The Vests provided by the County Advisory Board for our VA Health Care Facilities to escort with dignity those veterans who passed away; the Food Pantry Drives for Duke at Montrose; the Clothing Drives for the stores at both Montrose and Kingsbridge, the ceremonies at ALL Veterans Monuments including the Gold Star Mothers and Families at Kensico Dam Plaza and Lasdon Park. There are so many other programs and projects that would take pages to complete.He did his best to attend events in not only his Beloved Pelham but throughout the county. I and others will always be grateful for his dedication, friendship and caring attitude! All he ever wanted whenever we visited him was a newspaper and time to talk and ensure that business went on as usual. He did accept a twinkie or two now and again! We will, all miss his humbleness and caring personality and ask that The Lord Above welcomes him into His Kingdom with his eternal embrace! Rest in Peace oh true and faithful servant!!!!

Posted by Vito Pinto - Eastchester, NY - Friend   October 06, 2019

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