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Dr. Carl J. Guzzo Sr

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Dr. Carl J. Guzzo Sr.

AGE: 92 • Spring Lake

Dr. Carl J. Guzzo, Sr., 92, of Spring Lake, passed away Monday, February 27, 2017, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, after a long and gallant battle against multiple illnesses.

He will be sincerely missed by his loving family and the countless patients whose lives he touched over the more than fifty years he actively practiced. His true legacy is the love and respect of his patients. Dr. Guzzo always considered his patients to be friends and extended family.

Dr. Guzzo was a member of the Jersey Shore Medical Center staff for over fifty years. He served as Chief of Surgery and as a long-standing member of the Medical Executive Committee. He garnered many awards over his long and distinguished career.

Dr. Guzzo was born in Orange, New Jersey and attended Orange High School. He graduated from Saint Peter's University in 1943 where he received a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors. Dr. Guzzo graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1948.

He served his country with distinction in two wars. Dr. Guzzo was a member of the United States Army Air Corp in the Philippine Theater during World War II. Later, during the Korean War, Dr. Guzzo volunteered as a physician and served as a Major at a military hospital in Japan.

After serving his country, Dr. Guzzo returned to the United States where he completed his internship at Orange Memorial Hospital, his general surgical residency at Newark City Hospital, and his colorectal surgical residency at Allentown Hospital in Allentown, PA. Dr. Guzzo was a board certified colorectal surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Guzzo began his medical career in Ocean Grove, NJ and then moved his practice to Spring Lake, where he continued to practice until he retired in 1997. His happiest times were spent helping his patients.

Dr. Guzzo had many interests in addition to medicine. First and foremost, he loved his family and home. He also was a licensed ham radio operator and master craftsman of wood, building many beautiful objects. He loved classical music and opera. He was a voracious reader and loved knowledge of all subjects.

Dr. Guzzo was predeceased by his parents, Sergeant Frank Guzzo of the Orange Police, who died heroically in the line of duty, and his beloved mother, Jennie Guzzo. He also was predeceased by his brother, Dr. Patrick Guzzo. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dr. Marilyn Cannon Guzzo, MD, and his beloved son, Dr. Carl J. Guzzo, Jr., Esq., and his daughter-in-law, Mary Rose Migliazza Guzzo, Esq., of Spring Lake. He is survived by his brother, Dr. Francis Guzzo, his sisters, Joan Pepe, Alba Khatami and Elaine Schaeffler, his brother-in-law, Dr. George Cannon, Jr., and his wife, Leslie, as well as his many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.

In keeping with Dr. Guzzo's wishes, a Memorial Mass will be held in the near future. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Saint Peter's University to benefit the O'Toole Library in memory of Dr. Guzzo. Donations may be sent to Saint Peter's University to the attention of the Office of Advancement and External Affairs, 2641 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07306 or may be made on line at

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Published in Asbury Park Press from Mar. 4 to Mar. 6, 2017
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