DETROIT (WWJ) – The founder of a popular local dairy company has passed away.

John McGuire, who started Novi’s family-operated Guernsey Farms Dairy in 1940, died Friday.

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His daughter, Rita Rice, says many people who grew up on the West Side have McGuire to thank for giving them their first job.

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“To this day we have people call us, email us and tell us, ‘you know, I learned how to work from your dad,’ ‘I love and honor him more than anyone I’ve met in my work experiences and that I thank you because I have the good life I have today, because of what your dad taught me,'” said Rice.

Rice says the ice cream shop and restaurant her father established is a community staple.

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McGuire lived to age 103.