A Shelter Full of Hope and Promise

Timothy James McGuire 1963-2021

WAG and the community lost an extremely special person this past week. We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Wag volunteer and friend, Tim McGuire.

Tim volunteered with WAG for many years and supported the shelter through fostering some of our more difficult dogs, as well as helping with many repairs and installations around the shelter. He installed all of the cat shelving in the catteries and helped to ensure our dogs were safe and secure while at the shelter.

The deepest relationship that he built was with his foster dog, Marvin. Marvin arrived at WAG after having been living on a balcony without food or socialization, which resulted in quite the personality! Tim welcomed him into his home and heart and cared for him deeply, and was integral to helping him become a more “adoptable” dog. Tim was an important member of the WAG team and was loved by our staff and animals alike.

We are devastated that the world has lost such an incredible, generous soul. Thanks to his family, the Sea to Sky Hospice, and Marvin’s new adopters, Tim was able to visit with Marvin again before he passed, which was incredibly special to everyone. We cannot express how much we appreciate those who made that possible.

He will never be forgotten and has left a huge hole in all our hearts.

We love you, Tim.

Timothy James McGuire

It is with deep sadness that the family of Tim McGuire is letting you know of his passing after a short, valiant and fierce battle with cancer which took him from us too soon. Born in Ottawa, Tim grew up in Hawkesbury, Kenora, Rothesay, La Tuque and Ottawa. He spent many happy years living and working in Ottawa but his home and his heart have been in the mountains in Whistler BC where he lived almost 30 years.

Fiercely independent, Tim always lived life on his own terms. He was involved in several businesses over the years, but is best known for a successful career in the hotel and property management business. Timmer, as his friends called him, was a charmer, with a sparkle in his eyes and an easy laugh. Tim was a CSIA skier, a golfer, a talented hockey player with “great wheels”, a musician (guitar, harmonica, and bass) and a loyal friend. Intelligent and full of integrity, Tim was a kind man who was always ready to help others. During a holiday to the Dominican Republic he bought and distributed baseball bats to local teams in need. Tim also spent hours fostering animal shelter dogs, enabling damaged animals to rehabilitate so they could be adopted into loving homes. Marv, his beloved last foster dog, was able to see him in his final days which brought Tim much joy.

Tim is the son of the late Theresa (Neville) McGuire and Kevin McGuire of Ottawa. He is survived by his siblings Michael (Lois), Shaun (Helen), and Jennifer (Jimmy); his nieces and nephews Patrick, Timothy, Cormac, Kathleen, Matthew, Conall and Georgia; his ‘adopted’ brother (and cousin) Mark; a large extended family and many very, very close friends (who he adored) in BC, Ontario and the United States.

The McGuire family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at The Squamish Hospital and The Sea to Sky Hospice for their professionalism, skill and commitment to Tim in treating the illness but also for the kindness and care they brought to supporting Tim through this difficult journey.

For those interested, in lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Tim’s memory to WAGS, the Whistler Animals Galore Society where Tim was an active volunteer or to The Squamish Sea to Sky Hospice (seatoskyhospicesociety.ca) where Tim was cared for so kindly in his final days. Most of all, please take a moment to raise a toast to the special person that Tim was.