SFC Robert Edward McGinty • October 8, 2019
SFC Robert Edward McGinty, 78, passed away in his home Tuesday, October 8, 2019 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was Retired US Army with 23.5 years of service, two tours and 4 years in Vietnam with intelligence and counter intelligence. He spent some spare time there teaching children English. He spent a brief time in the Coast Guard before joining the Army. He traveled the world throughout his military career. He learned Vietnamese in 3 months, and also learned to speak, read and write 7 languages fluently, including American Sign Language. He couldn’t read music but played the piano, guitar and harmonica by ear.
He studied in multiple areas of education and also attended nursing school at one point. Upon military retirement he and his family moved to the Florida panhandle, where he worked security and civil service. 4 years later he and his wife accomplished a life-long dream of having a small pet farm with cows, goats, chickens and several stray animals on a bit of acreage in Central Alabama. Five years later they moved to Fort Walton, FL where he was a locksmith until his retirement in Milton, FL.
He enjoyed fishing, carpentry, Ham and CB radios, photography, gardening, watching westerns and just all together tinkering with things. He was talented at sewing, cooking and enjoyed cuisine from all over the world.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann McGinty; parents, Thomas J. and Elizabeth McGinty; 8 brothers; 5 sisters and 4 sibling children.
He is survived by his daughter, Teri Lynne McGinty Allen; granddaughter, Raylyn LeighAnn Allen; grandson, Spencer Hugh Allen and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends for visitation at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home from 10-11am Monday October 14th with funeral service to follow at 11:00am. Interment will take place at Barrancas National Cemetery, NAS Pensacola.