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GUIDA, JOSEPH Joe died peacefully on Sunday, October 21, 2012, at Sharp Memorial Hospital at the age of 90. He was born July 7, 1922 in New Haven, Connecticut to Pasquale Guida of Naples, Italy and Emma Gamba, of Torino, Italy. Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 1943 and was part of the Allied Forces D-Day invasion in 1944. He was severely wounded in action in France and received the Purple Heart. He was discharged in July 1945. Joe rarely talked about his war years and despite his injuries work hard all his life with dedication and humility. Joe moved to California in 1950 and began working for the U.S. Postal Service in Gardena, CA in 1955. He was divorced from his first wife in 1955 and married Marion Virginia Addington that same year. They were married until 1983 when she died. Joe was predeceased by his three step-children: William Addington, Mary Lee (Addington) Daigle and Martin Addington. He retired in 1990 after 35 years of service and moved to Long-view, WA in 1991. In 1996, he relocated to San Diego to be near family. He resided at Canyon Villa Retirement Home and later at The Patrician Retirement Home. In 2006 Joe married Patricia Capper. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, his son Carlo Guida of New Jersey, 8 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchil-dren. Joe was an avid Padres fan and had season tickets for the last 16 years and passionately enjoyed watching them play. He was a deeply religious person and attended church regularly his entire life. He loved his extended family and was proud of their accomplishments. Joe was a generous person in many ways to both his family and many charities. Committal services for Joe will be on Friday, November 16th, at the Miramar National Cemetery at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe's memory to the Disabled American Veterans or the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Nov. 4, 2012
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