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.

  1. Randy Bramlett says:

    Rest Easy Uncle!!!

  2. Linda Lowry says:

    What a beautiful history of his well lived life! I can only imagine the eager souls that welcomed him home. I am blessed to have not only known this man but am proud to be able to call him family! My condolences to Teri and the rest of the family. He is and will continue to be missed. Much love to all! ❤❤❤❤❤

  3. Sherrie Helms says:

    What a wonderful man he must have been. Very accomplished! You should be so proud to have him as your dad, Terri! My condolences to you and your family❣️

  4. Debra Goodlow says:

    Bob was also a jokester. He was always trying to make you laugh. Shirley would scold him while he had me cracking up. I will truly miss you Bob and I will always remember the good times we all had. You and Shirley were always there for me when I needed you. Now you are back with Shirley where you belong. I love you very much. I wish I could be there with you Teri and the family, but just know that I am there in spirit and i love you guys.

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