Wilford W. GHIOTO Sr.

GHIOTO, Sr., Wilford W.

Wilford W. Ghioto, Sr., passing away at his residence at the age of 100, on November 19, 2013 after a full life of health and longevity, Wilford W. Ghioto, Sr., went to be with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Born in Jacksonville, FL, in 1913, Wilford W. Ghioto, Sr. was the fourth child of the late Harry Telfair Ghioto and Mary Ann (Losco) Ghioto in a family of seven brothers and three sisters. Wilford was the second generation to America when his grandparents immigrated to Florida from Verona, Italy, receiving a Federal Land Grant near Jacksonville, and thus becoming pioneers. He had been a resident of Lake Clarke Shores, FL for more than 50 years. As a teenager, Wilford worked in the Circulation Department of the "Florida Times Union Newspaper" and was awarded a trip to Cuba for excellence as a newspaper carrier. At a later job, he carried cold milk to the front doors of a neighboring route on horse and buggy. After finishing high school at the age of 18, he enlisted in the Florida National Guard "G" 124 Infantry and was honorably discharged as Sergeant. He was a graduate in 1933 of the "Catholic University of America" in Jacksonville. He began his employment with the "Russell McPhail Candy Coompany" in Jacksonville and Miami as a distributor covering the Southern areas of Florida and Atlanta, GA. A devoted family man, eventually raising a family of five, he emerged with the insurance business at the "H. C. Hare Insurance Agency" of Jacksonville; promoted to Vice President and was transferred to West Palm Beach, covering the areas from Key West to Vero Beach, FL. He later purchased "S.D. Morris Insurance Agency" in West Palm Beach. He later changed the name of the agency to the "Independent Insurance Agency", which after successful and lucrative years of endeavor, he sold to his son, Wilford W. Ghioto, Jr. He later became a Realtor, and operated his real estate company as Wilford W. Ghioto Realtor. He was awarded Realtor of the Year in 1978 and eventually retired in August of 2008. Wilord was successfully active in the following community organizations: Treasurer and Past President of Northwood Kiwanis International Club, Past President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Palm Beach County, Past President of Realtors Association of Palm Beach County. He was a devoted active member in the following religious faith organizations: St. Luke Catholic Church, Palm Springs, since 1962, Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, Father Andrew Doherty Assembly, The Elks Club for over 50 years. He was also a diligent lover of golf and was a charter member of the West Palm Beach Country Club. Playing golf was a passion as he was an avid golfer who had once been written up in a newspaper for his notorious "holes in one" while additionally achieving four more "holes in one" at various country clubs. He is survived by his devoted and loved wife, Col. Banna Rodriguez Ghioto, after 51 years of a blissful and dedicated marriage. Wilford's surviving five children are, Wilford W. Ghioto, Jr. (Charlotte) of Stuart, FL, James L. Ghioto (Sharon) of West Palm Beach, FL, Mary Ann Newman Ghioto of Lake Elizabeth, CA, Thomas W. Ghioto (Shirley) of Mt. Vernon, WA; his former daughters-in-law, Diane, Kathleen and Peggy. Wilford was the proud grandfather of nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. His surviving sister, brothers and sister-in-law are, Anita Waugh (Jack) of Picqua, OH, Frederick (Lorna) of Titusville, FL, Ronald (Trudy) of Jacksonville, FL, Vincent of McDonough, GA, Barbara Ghioto of Leesburg, FL. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Eileen Deneen Ghioto, (the mother of his five children), sisters, Mary Louise Pellicer and Madeline Ghioto; brothers, Ralph, Telfair and Joseph, and his son, John Ghioto, granddaughter, June Eileen Ghioto (minor daughter of James Ghioto and Kathleen), sisters-in-law, Frances, Rosie, Janice, Christine, Bridget and Phyllis; and brother-in-law, Frank Pellicer. Wilford will be remembered dearly for his faith, love and devotion to his family and friends, his aspirations and passions for life along with his unique wit and sense of humor. He believed in the best in everyone. Friends may visit with the family between the hours of 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at QUATTLEBAUM FUNERAL HOME, 1201 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL, with a Wake Service to be held at 5:30 PM. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, November 25, at St. Luke Catholic Church, Lake Worth, FL with interment to follow in the South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth. Those who wish may make a contribution in his memory to Hospice Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 or St. Luke Catholic Church at 2892 S. Congress Ave., Palm Springs, FL 33461. Wilford's family wishes to express their deepest appreciation for the loving care of the devoted Home Health Aides and the Yellow Team Nurses, the staff and doctors of Hospice Palm Beach County. Special appreciation to his grandchildren, Marlene Newman Robbins of Bend, OR, James Ghioto, Jr. of Jupiter, FL and Debra Ghioto Piescik for their most valuable assistance. QUATTLEBAUM FUNERAL HOME (561) 832-5171

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2013