During the two years Kyle Magwire owned Halo Ultra Lounge, he was often the first to arrive and the last to leave.
He never took a vacation. During lean times, he made sure staff was taken care of before he worried about paying himself, said Chris Jones, who co-owned the nightclub at 17525 Gold Plaza with Magwire.
“Halo was his heart,” Jones said. “It was his baby. It's what he loved.”
Magwire, 27, died in a motorcycle accident Monday evening.
In the nights following his death, friends met up at his old hangouts to share memories of Magwire.
Jones remembered stopping by the club randomly one day to find Magwire cleaning the rafters. Jones said Magwire's thoughts never seemed to be far from his business.
His devotion to the club continued after a shooting outside of Halo in September, and after the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission canceled Halo's liquor license in January. The club has remained open as Magwire and Jones appealed the decision.
Magwire was close to his family, and his parents would often stop in for a drink at Halo, Jones said. He had tons of friends and enjoyed working out and playing sand volleyball. After games, though, he'd often stop back at the bar to make sure everything was in order.
The bar has been closed since Magwire's death, though Jones said he plans to reopen, at least for a while. Jones said it was questionable if Halo would continue to operate longer term.
“For the time being, we'll still be operating,” Jones said. “It's definitely going to be hard. He was the largest piece of the puzzle. He's the one who really made it run and really made it work.”
Funeral services will be this morning at 10 o'clock at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 16701 S St. In addition to his parents, Magwire is survived by one sister.