Patrick F. "Bucky" Guido, a prominent West Scranton funeral director since 1949, died Friday, September 20, 2013 following an illness. His wife of 69 years is the former Frances Alesci.
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Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Sabato and Antoinette Chuisano Guido. He was educated in Scranton schools and was a graduate of the American Academy of Mortuary Science, New York City. A proud United States Navy veteran of World War II, he was a Boatswains Mate and Gunner Captain on board the USS San Juan, serving under Admiral Halsey, in the South Pacific. The ship was involved in numerous campaigns including the Asiatic Pacific, Solomon Island, and was one of the first ships to liberate POW's in Tokyo Bay.
He was a longtime active member of St. Lucy's Church and its Holy Name Society; he served on the Financial Committee, Spaghetti Dinner Committee, and was a former Lector.
He was active in many civic, fraternal, and professional organizations devoting much of his time and effort in helping the community, here are just a few: He was the longest active member of the UNICO Scranton Chapter, serving for 53 years. He was a founding member of the La Festa Italiana Committee, Trustee of the Victor Alfieri Society, and longtime member, VFW Post #6528, American Legion Post #920, Lackawanna County Funeral Directors Association, where he served as Secretary for many years, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association. Some of his favorite activities were winemaking, reading and watching sports. He was a proud and dedicated professional, he considered it an honor and a privilege to serve the many families that entrusted him with their loved ones for over 60 years.
His family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Gerard Nealon, the entire staff of Celtic Hospice Community Care, and the DaVita Dialysis for their compassionate care and support.
Also surviving are two daughters, Patricia and husband, Peter Clarke, Easton; and Lorraine Rogers, Binghamton, N.Y.; a grandson, Christopher Clarke, Easton; a brother, Joseph Guido and wife, Shirley, Scranton; a sister, Rose and husband, Ralph Giordano, Scranton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Guido; and his wife, Arlene.
The funeral will be conducted on Tuesday from the Patrick Guido Funeral Home, 120 South Main Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in St. Lucy's Church, 949 Scranton St. Everyone wishing to attend is asked to go directly to Church. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Cathedral Cemetery.
Friends may call Monday, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Lucy's Church, 949 Scranton St., Scranton, PA 18504; or to the Celtic Hospice Community Care, 100 William St., Dunmore, PA 18510.
Please visit www.patrick guidofuneralhome.com for information, directions or to send an online condolence.
Guido-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc.
120 South Main Avenue
Scranton, PA 18504
Published in Scranton Times on Sept. 22, 2013