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Harold William Guiden

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Harold William Guiden, 78, of Oblong Road, South Williamstown, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004, at the Vermont Veteran Home in Bennington, Vt., surrounded by his family and the loving staff on the C wing.

He was born in Williamstown on Aug. 10,1926, a son of the late Arthur Guiden and Frances (James ) Guiden. He attended schools in Williamstown and graduated from the former Williamstown High School with the class of 1944.

He was a veteran of WW II serving with the United States Navy on the USS Topeka from 1944 to 1946 as a fireman first class.

After his military career, he returned to Williamstown and was employed at the General Electric Co. in Pittsfield and later at the Cornish Wire Co. in Williamstown. For many years, he was the caretaker and farm hand on the Cricket Creek Farm on Oblong Road in South Williamstown. He then was employed for the J.B. Wood Co. in Williamstown. He was last employed as the owner and operator of the H.W. Guiden Plumbing Co. until his retirement in 1989.

He was a member of the Second Congregational Church of South Williamstown. He was a member of the Richard Reuther Post No. 152 American Legion in Williamstown and the Williamstown VFW.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Marguerite "Maggie" (Field) Guiden whom he married Nov. 17, 1945 in PittsfieId; two daughters, Jean Frances Richer of Williamstown and Bonnie Mae Clark and her husband Don of Williamstown; two sons, John Allen Guiden and his wife Kristen Anderson of Williamstown and James Arthur Guiden and his wife Deborah of Williamstown; six grandchildren, Scott Richer and his wife Kate, Kelley Gagnier and her husband Grant, Bradford Clark, Maggie Clark, Jesse Guiden and James Guiden; four great-grandchildren, Trent Gagnier, Mason Gagnier, Sophia Richer and William Richer; one sister, Ethel Gildea of Albany, N.Y.; and the staff on the C wing at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, who were loving members of his family for the last few years.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Harold William Guiden will take place Monday at 11 a.m. at the Second Congregational Church in South Williamstown with the Rev. Penny Rich, pastor. officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in the family plot in Southlawn Cemetery, South Williamstown. Calling hours at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams are Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial donations are suggested for Hospice of Bennington County or to the Vermont Veterans Home in care of the C Wing through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 17, 2004
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