W.R. ‘Mac’ McGuffin, former publisher of newspapers, dies



A former owner of The Apopka Chief and The Planter, and a longtime community supporter well after his retirement 40 years ago, W.R. “Mac” McGuffin died Tuesday, June 11, at Advent Health Apopka. He was 96.

McGuffin and his family moved to Apopka in 1964 after he retired as a master sergeant and intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force. He began The Planter in October 1965 as a competitor newspaper to The Apopka Chief before purchasing the Chief two years later and publishing both newspapers until selling them and retiring in 1979.

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