McGuirt III, James William, graduated to Eternal Life on June 16, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. How this exceptional man was loved by so many people throughout the world. He was born in Tampa, August 24, 1943 to Jim and Betty McGuirt. He attended local elementary schools and graduated from Plant High in 1961. Jim established a musical group called The Satellites while attending Plant High and played in the German Band and Marching band at many wonderful football games in “Dad’s Stadium.” He also enjoyed his time at FSU.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force and was assigned to the Air Force Security Service serving in Misawa, Japan and Peshwar, Pakistan on the U-2 project. It was in Pakistan that he met his wife of 53 years. He was employed as a Detective and Deputy Sheriff for Duval and Hillsborough Counties. He retired as the Investigative Manager of the State of Florida DBPR. His greatest love besides his family was his music. He was a multi-talented musician, proficient percussionist, guitarist and vocalist. His band, The Satellites, were well known throughout Florida and backed up many well-known musical stars. When he wasn’t found with a guitar in his hand, or grandchild in his arms, he had his fishing pole instead, enjoying all that Florida had to offer.
Jim surrounded himself with positive force, others would gather around him to feel that influence. He was a beacon to all. Jim will be forever remembered as a kind, thoughtful man. A man who loved his family, country, and friends. Truly a wonderful, wonderful man. Many friends will cherish their memories of him, but he will be deeply cherished and missed by his wife, Patti; son, Jimmy; daughter, Kelly and husband, Corey; daughter, Michelle; his grandchildren, Todd, Kaleb, Kylee, Ty, Alaire, James (V), Liam, Blake, and Malia; sister Lin and husband Win Weber; Brant, Whitney and son by love, Kevin. Funeral arrangements by Trinity Memorial Gardens.