Friends, family remember slain banker: 'None of it makes sense'

09/09/2011 12:00 AM

08/05/2014 9:38 PM

Friends say Timothy McGuigan was the last person you'd expect to die the way he did.

"There are 10 of us here who knew Tim, and we all just stand and look at each other. We're just dumbfounded," said Tom Page, CEO of Emprise Bank. "I've never known anybody who didn't like Tim."

McGuigan, 61-year-old senior vice president at Kansas State Bank, was found shot to death at his home in northeast Wichita shortly before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police have said there was no clear motive for the shooting. There was no sign of forced entry at his house in the 2500 block of North Woodridge, no sign of a struggle, and no indication any property or valuables had been taken, they said.

McGuigan's son found him when he went to check on his father. McGuigan was divorced.

His friends describe McGuigan as an excellent banker, a strong advocate for his clients, a pleasure to work with, a huge Wichita State Shocker fan, and a man with many friends who above all else loved his children.

"If you knew him, your heart would be breaking today, as well," said Dave Dahl, a Wichita attorney and long-time WSU basketball broadcaster who coached youth teams with McGuigan.

McGuigan's 31-year-old daughter, Megan McGuigan, said she remembers that every time she went with her father to the grocery store, often the Dillons at 13th and Woodlawn, he would run into people he knew. He always stopped to talk.

He was "like a mayor," she said.

She was younger then and thought it was kind of annoying that he would always stop and chat.

But now, she said, "I am proud ... that he knew that many people."

And, she said, "There is one story that I like to share: My dad loved sweets." That was illustrated about 10 or 11 years ago, when she came home from college with friends. One of their cell-phones began ringing. Her father mistook the ring for the sound of an ice cream truck, "and he booked it outside."

They had to tell him it was a cellphone.

Her father loved going to Freddy's Frozen Custard.

He loved playing golf, too, but he "wasn't very good at it," she said.

She spoke with him about a week before he died, and he was excited about upcoming home projects. He was planning a trip to Ireland in October.

"None of it makes sense," she said.

Dahl said he and McGuigan met 25 years ago at T-ball practices and decided to join forces to coach their sons' youth basketball and baseball teams, which they did for 11 years.

"In all that time, I never heard him yell at a child. He was always encouraging," Dahl said. "He had high expectations of them. Reasonable, but high. But if you ask any of the hundreds of kids we coached, Tim was a like a second father to them."

"We spent thousands of hours together because of sports. Almost every time we visited, the conversation was steered to his children and to my children. I can't imagine a parent loving his kids any more than he loved his kids."

McGuigan attended almost all Shocker basketball and baseball games and a lot of the volleyball matches, as well, Dahl said. He went to many road games, even driving to Northern Iowa in the middle of winter for basketball.

"He was not a fair-weather fan. I don't care what the record was, he was there," Dahl said. "I never heard him ever say anything bad about a player or a coach."

McGuigan also had a dry sense of humor, friends said.

"He was not the stereotypical, sour-faced banker," said Jim Faith, Wichita president of Sunflower Bank.

"He was not real outgoing in the classic sense, but he was well-known in the business and real estate communities. People sought him out for counsel and advice," Faith said.

David Harris, president and CEO of RelianzBank, said McGuigan's dry wit could emerge at any moment, whether in meetings with clients or during private chats.

"Sometimes you'd be talking business with him and he might shift over to something very humorous, and it might take a moment to catch on," Harris said.

Tom McGrath, senior vice president of commercial banking at Emprise Bank, recalled receiving funny voice messages and e-mails from McGuigan.

"He was just a solid, solid guy. He loved his family and kids. This is all quite a shock," McGrath said.

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