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McGUIRE, Kenneth J.

McGUIRE, Kenneth J.

McGUIRE - Kenneth J.
Of Dennis, MA, passed away on June 17, 2017 at the age of 72 after a short illness. He departed peacefully, lovingly surrounded by his immediate family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Jacqueline F. McGuire (Jones); his eldest son Matthew E. McGuire of Tokyo, Japan; his youngest son Mark P. McGuire of Chicago, IL; Matthew's wife Michi Abe and his four grandsons Kai, Ian, Hugh and Lee; Mark's wife Julia and his granddaughter Madeleine. Ken is also survived by his seven younger siblings: Sue, Anne, Patti, Tom, John, Mary Jo and Paul. Ken was born on February 4, 1945 to Kenneth John McGuire and Dolores Ann McGuire (Stephan) of Buffalo, NY. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Canisius College and his M.B.A. from Syracuse University. Ken met and married his wife Jackie in 1965 in Buffalo and their two sons were born there in 1966 and 1968. Ken had a lifelong passion and an accomplished career in manufacturing. In the early 1980s, he was a pioneer of the JIT and Kanban Japanese production methods, universally recognized today as "Lean." Ken passionately led some of the very first business study missions to Japan, touring factories to learn and educate U.S. executives in Japanese methods. In 1984, he authored and published one of the first, and still definitive, books on the subject, "Takumi: Impressions From Our Most Worthy Competitor." Over 30 years, Ken and his consulting firm became the recognized authorities and educators in his field. Ken was also a founding member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). A lover of Cape Cod, Ken moved to Dennis, MA permanently in 1990. He had a keen intellect and a youthful and engaging sense of humor that afforded him deep friendships worldwide. And he continually inspired and mentored others in finding their purpose and passion in life. He was a caring and dedicated husband and father, and a treasure to his extended family. Ken will be sincerely missed by all those he touched. Burial services will be private. To honor Ken, the family suggests a donation to his favorite non-profit organization, Cape Abilities: www.capeabilities.org

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