In memoriam:
Tom Hendrix, T.J. McGinty

       Thomas Glenn “Tom” Hendrix, 90, a World War II veteran, Colorado Springs native and Westside resident since his teen years, died July 27. Inurnment was at Fairview Cemetery.
       He is survived by his wife Doris. He is also survived by his children, David and Amy.
       Tom served in World War II in the Pacific theater against Japan with the 622nd Ordnance Ammunition Company.
       After the war, he was hired by the Timken Company, a rock drill-bit manufacturing firm that helped build NORAD, becoming a supervisor and working there for 35 years.
       In retirement, Hendrix was a volunteer for about 15 years with the Old Colorado City Historical Society and Westside Optimists Club.
       In September 2011, he was chosen to join other World War II veterans on a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., with the Honor Flight of Southern Colorado, getting a chance to visit national monuments and be officially thanked by government officials.
       T.J. McGinty, 63, an entrepreneur, philanthropist, musician, family man and Westside resident since 1981, died July 19 after battling cancer for close to a year.
       He is survived by his wife Susan, son Ryan, daughter Kelsey, brother Robert, sister Tracy and a grandson.
       According to Sue McGinty, T.J. moved to Colorado Springs in 1971 as part of his involvement with Young Life, an outreach program for high schoolers.
       He played guitar in rock and country bands, using the earnings to put himself through college, she said.
       T.J. worked with different business enterprises over the years. These included the American Dental Group, which he started and sold in 2008; and Gibson Guitars, for which he was an international sales representative.
       His philanthropic efforts brought relief supplies to needy people in Haiti. One such trip took place after a major earthquake in Haiti in January 2010. T.J.'s last trip to the country was in April.
       “He wanted to say good-bye,” Sue commented.

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