Former alderman loses long battle with cancer

Sean McGuinness remembered for dedication, humor

NASHUA – Former Alderman Sean McGuinness, who died this weekend, is being remembered for his his dedicaion to the city.

“He was a great Irishman and a great alderman,” said At Large Alderman Michael O’Brien.

McGuinness, 60, died at his home Sunday morning following a long battle with cancer, his family announced Monday. McGuiness graduated from Daniel Webster College before going into mortgage banking in the city. At one time, he owned and operated his own firm in downtown Nashua.

Mayor Jim Donchess, who served as a fellow alderman with McGuiness for a few years before being elected mayor, remembers McGuiness’ eye for details.

“He was thoughtful, and he was careful about things,” Donchess said.

McGuinness served two terms as the city’s Ward 1 Aldermen, and served for a time as a state representative. He was a former member of the Harbor Homes board, as well. After he lost his bid for re-election to the Board of Aldermen in November, Donchess tapped him to serve on the planning board.

Donchess said McGuinness always brought more to the table than his political acumen.

“He was also just a really good guy,” Donchess said.

O’Brien concurred with that assessment, saying McGuinness always was able to respectfully work with people, no matter their political persuasion. His humor was always able to carry the day, O’Brien said.

“He was blessed with the good Irish wit that he had,” O’Brien said.

Services are being arranged by the Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, and the funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Christopher Church. Full details on the services can be found in the obituary on Page 15.

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or dfisher@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DF.