John grew up in Yonkers, where he attended Yonkers Public Schools and graduated from Herbert Lehman College in the Bronx, BA with Cum Laude, honors.
During the Vietnam War he enlisted and served in the US Navy from 1969 to 1972 in the Pacific as a flight engineer working on twin jet engines rising to rank of sergeant and solidifying his lifelong passion for flying and airplanes.
John will be remembered for his strong devotion to family and friends who will miss him and his unique, sharp sense of “Johnny’s humor” that brought smiles and hearty laughs to so many.
John worked for Gannett (Westchester/Rockland) Newspapers for over 20 years, starting at the (Review Press) and in White Plains (The Journal News) as major accounts manager before being promoted to national retail sales manager at USA TODAY in Manhattan, where he traveled the country handling the accounts of major national department stores like Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, JC Penny, Nordstrom and others. He later worked for the Associated Press in its New York City Rockefeller Center office as a retail sales executive.
Despite suffering a debilitating stroke five years ago, John was an inspiration to many as he continued to live a proud life making friends and greeting visitors into his new home at the Veteran’s Home in Montrose where many wonderful and caring people became part of his new family.
John is survived by his wife Gail Horowitz-McGuinness, son, Jason McGuinness, daughter, Lauren McGuinness and son-in-law Alex Espinoza and brothers: Charles McGuinness and his wife Diana, Gary Moss and his wife Susan, and sisters, Laura Moss, Doreen Gigante and husband Louie, Karen McGuinness and many beloved nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister Rosanna McGuinness and his mother, Rosanna Cloidt and father, Charles McGuinness.