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John GUERRIERE

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GUERRIERE, John of Belleair and Mashpee, MA died Friday morning, Dec. 6, 2013. He would have turned 82 on Dec. 10, 2013. A child of the depression, he lived his life with strength, dignity and integrity. Born and raised in White Plains, NY, John was graduated from St. John's High School in White Plains and studied television engineering at the RCA Institute in Manhattan. After serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Antietam, he worked for more than 33 years for CBS, primarily as a recording engineer and supervisor at Columbia Records later known as CBS Records. A talented and sought after engineer, John earned gold records for his work including the original sound track for A Chorus Line and for the album Sun Goddess with jazz musician, Ramsay Lewis. He also worked with other top musicians such as Simon and Garfunkel, Barbra Streisand, Mitch Miller, Miles Davis, Taj Mahal, Andre Kostelanetz, Percy Faith, Beverly Sills, Pablo Casals, Isaac Stern, Vladimir Horowitz, Stan Getz, Maynard Ferguson and the cast of Sesame Street. Together with his wife of 59 years, the former Mary Kapp, John returned to White Plains in 1961 to raise their five children. Upon his retirement in 1987, John and Mary moved to Belleair, where he became an avid golfer and fisherman. In 1991, they purchased a summer home in Mashpee, MA, and John pursued his many outdoor passions. He enjoyed working with his hands, never failing to craft contraptions to solve common household challenges. He was an accomplished amateur sculptor with many art pieces gracing his homes. John's outgoing personality made him a favorite and popular neighbor in Belleair and Mashpee. Joining him for one of his daily walks was akin to accompanying a local politician making his rounds. John lived life with intensity and was always on the go. He will be missed. In addition to his wife Mary, John is survived by his five children, John (Suellyn), Denice (Joseph), James (Patricia), Terence (Corinna) and Marianne (Jeffrey); 13 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren; and by his sister, Kathleen. He was predeceased by two additional sisters, Georgiana and Frances. The service will be private. For those who wish to make a donation in his name, a fund has been set up at the Suncoast Hospice (www.SuncoastHospice.org)

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 18, 2013
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