In memory of
Clare McGuinness
In memory of
Clare McGuinness
McGuinness Clare McGuinness 7/14/35 - 1/3/21 Clare Ignatia McGuinness, litigator, thinker, artist and rescuer of spiders waved her final goodbye on January 3, 2021. Born on July 14, 1935 in Woburn, Massachusetts, she lived in her adopted home of Cleveland for seven decades. It's safe to say there was no one on earth like Clare. An impassioned and steadfast crusader, Clare placed justice at the center of her life achievements. Along with co-founding an adoption agency during the Vietnam War, she took home an MA in guidance counseling from John Carroll University and then a JD from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Using the courts to tirelessly fight for housing fairness, she spent a career in law at the Lake County branch of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. She also successfully testified to change outdated Ohio adoption law and won a landmark case at the Ohio Supreme Court. Generously volunteering her time to countless causes, she held a lifelong passion for the rights of the poor and the marginalized. "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride," she often said as she gave you the shirt off her back. But of her many achievements, Clare repeated to her children that her best one was having "you kids." She raised eight children in a house flooded with art, music, film, literature, inquiry and love. Her home was yours to enjoy, always with room for one more. She loved the ocean, mystery novels and jazz, and treated all animals like long-lost friends. Always curious and ready to fight the good fight, Clare's capacity for laughter was matched only by her ability to share your anguish with warmth and tenderness. She never once asked permission to do as she pleased and took her coffee, clothing and humor black. Clare leaves behind her husband, Robert Farmer, children and grandchildren-Kathleen, Maureen (child Orion), Michele (partner Hans, child Leo), Mary Patricia (child Fiona), Joseph (children Gianni and Joseph), Colleen (husband Jason and child Nuala), daughter-in-law Janele (children Leonidas, George and Teddy) and Jessica-whose photos line the walls of the house on her beloved beach lane. She also leaves behind her former husband Raymond (wife Susan), many nieces and nephews, including Richard and Michael, their families, foster children and beloved friends, too numerous to name but not forgotten. Clare is preceded in death by her son John, dear friend Joyce, and older sister Rosemary and their parents. Clare whistled in the dark and shared the tune. We hear it now. We always will. Family and friends are encouraged to wait until we can gather again to celebrate Clare's life. Memorial donations may be made to Legal Aid Society of Cleveland or the Cleveland Food Bank.
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In memory of
Clare McGuinness
McGuinness Clare McGuinness 7/14/35 - 1/3/21 Clare Ignatia McGuinness, litigator, thinker, artist and rescuer of spiders waved her final goodbye on January 3, 2021. Born on July 14, 1935 in Woburn, Massachusetts, she lived in her adopted home of Cleveland for seven decades. It's safe to say there was no one on earth like Clare. An impassioned and steadfast crusader, Clare placed justice at the center of her life achievements. Along with co-founding an adoption agency during the Vietnam War, she took home an MA in guidance counseling from John Carroll University and then a JD from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Using the courts to tirelessly fight for housing fairness, she spent a career in law at the Lake County branch of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. She also successfully testified to change outdated Ohio adoption law and won a landmark case at the Ohio Supreme Court. Generously volunteering her time to countless causes, she held a lifelong passion for the rights of the poor and the marginalized. "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride," she often said as she gave you the shirt off her back. But of her many achievements, Clare repeated to her children that her best one was having "you kids." She raised eight children in a house flooded with art, music, film, literature, inquiry and love. Her home was yours to enjoy, always with room for one more. She loved the ocean, mystery novels and jazz, and treated all animals like long-lost friends. Always curious and ready to fight the good fight, Clare's capacity for laughter was matched only by her ability to share your anguish with warmth and tenderness. She never once asked permission to do as she pleased and took her coffee, clothing and humor black. Clare leaves behind her husband, Robert Farmer, children and grandchildren-Kathleen, Maureen (child Orion), Michele (partner Hans, child Leo), Mary Patricia (child Fiona), Joseph (children Gianni and Joseph), Colleen (husband Jason and child Nuala), daughter-in-law Janele (children Leonidas, George and Teddy) and Jessica-whose photos line the walls of the house on her beloved beach lane. She also leaves behind her former husband Raymond (wife Susan), many nieces and nephews, including Richard and Michael, their families, foster children and beloved friends, too numerous to name but not forgotten. Clare is preceded in death by her son John, dear friend Joyce, and older sister Rosemary and their parents. Clare whistled in the dark and shared the tune. We hear it now. We always will. Family and friends are encouraged to wait until we can gather again to celebrate Clare's life. Memorial donations may be made to Legal Aid Society of Cleveland or the Cleveland Food Bank.
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