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Quinn - Fogarty Funeral Home

192-15 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY

OBITUARY

Louis J. Guido Jr.

October 28, 1939May 13, 2020
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Louis Joseph Guido, Jr.

Loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, son, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, and friend.

Louis Joseph Guido, Jr. passed away peacefully with beautiful memories and prayers shared by family and friends and the support of his family and hospice care team on May 13, 2020. He was 80 years of age.

Born October 28, 1939 to Florence (Walsh) and Louis J. Guido Sr. and raised in Flushing, Queens, NY, “Lou” proudly and humbly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956 to 1959, before marrying his childhood sweetheart, Genevieve (Costaldo) and beginning their life together in Norfolk, VA. Upon starting their family, Lou and Gen returned to Flushing and then moved to Port Jefferson and onto Cutchogue, NY (his childhood summer home) near his parents and cousins, where an abundance of memories were made. In 1986, after their children settled into adult life, Lou and Gen moved to Florida and lived in several communities (Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Park and Hutchinson Island) over the years. Wherever Lou lived, he welcomed visits from family and friends.

An only child, Lou’s closest connections growing up and into adulthood were his cousins, his Flushing neighborhood friends, and his wife’s siblings and spouses.

Lou had several careers including field service technician for Sears & Roebuck Co., service manager for Long Island Stove, Inc., bus operator for Palm Tran Palm Beach County, and financial secretary of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1577, from which he retired.

Before and during retirement, Lou thoroughly enjoyed boating, fishing, working on home and property improvement projects, cheering on Virginia Tech’s Hokie football team, and spending quality time with his family. He shared his enthusiasm for his interests and his love of the beaches and natural beauty of “hot and sunny” Florida and never missed an opportunity to explore new areas and recruit new neighbors. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed laughing at his jokes while delivering the punchline.

The past 18 months brought the opportunity for his children, grandchildren and extended family to share in special celebrations and memories with him – 60th wedding anniversary, granddaughter's wedding, the birth of two great grandchildren, 80th birthday, Christmas and New Year's.

Lou leaves behind the love of his life, Genevieve, to whom he was married for 61 years and his 2nd love, Lizzy, whom he rescued 7+ years ago and kept by his side on all his adventures. He will be cherished and remembered as a loving father to Louis J. Guido, III of Blacksburg, VA and Lorraine and Paul Mazzo of Fairfield, CT and a proud grandfather to Raven, Marisa & Kelly and great grandfather to Zuri and Zara. He will be missed by his in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family will hold a private Christian burial at Mount St. Mary Cemetery, 172-00 Booth Memorial Avenue, Flushing, N.Y. 11365 on June 12th and a memorial mass at a future date. The Quinn Fogarty Funeral Home of Flushing, NY has been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, tribute gifts can be made in memory of Louis J. Guido, Jr. to the Semper Fi & America’s fund at https://semperfifund.org/donate/

To share in Lou’s memory, view the tribute movie above located directly under his picture and/or leave a message of remembrance.

Services

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Memories

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Lorraine Rodman

May 25, 2020

When I think of Louis Guido, Jr., a caring thoughtful soul comes to mind. My whole family has many memories of Gen and Lou whose hospitality and kindness was given to our family. They went that extra mile raising a kind son and daughter, Louis and Lorraine and the same with their granddaughters, Marisa and Kelly. They all have beautiful memories of boating in Cutchogue and Florida. Lou, you are loved. We all will meet again. Matty and Charlie, your brothers, are waiting for you.
Love your sister,
Lorraine

Karen Costaldo

May 24, 2020

When people speak of a life worth living, that was yours Lou. You were loved by everyone who knew you because of your generosity of spirit and heart. You became an integral part of every job you had and every community you lived in. You never tired of trying to talk us all into moving to Florida or at least come to visit more often, because the closeness of family was so important to you. You were always upbeat and fun, even in the face of adversity. People often complain about their in laws, but not me. I was lucky in that department. It was a privilege to be your sister in law and to have you as an uncle for Brian and Nicole. You will be forever missed. Xoxo

Nick Cimino

May 24, 2020

I will miss you greatly Lou we had many wonderful times together, places to go water trips on your boats, driving around to find new places , and sometimes just shooting the breeze. I will miss all the funny stories
that we shared. I will always remember our time together when I had a medical issue that required me to go to the hospital and you were there all the time to help me. I
know you're in a better place now no longer in pain . Godspeed and I will meet you sometime down the road love Nick

Donna Spicer

May 24, 2020

One summer I spent a week at Louie and Gen's house in Cutchogue. One night we had corn on the cob with dinner. Lorraine was rolling her corn on the top of the stick of butter. Gen scolded Lorraine and then she looked up straight at Louie with a look of surprise. Turns out that Louie was doing exactly the same thing-he said, with a sheepish grin, that it looked like a good idea. :)

So sorry for your loss.

Donna (Penna) Spicer

Maryann Cimino

May 24, 2020

I have known Lou for over 60 years and it has been a wonderful Journey to know him as a brother-in-law and a friend. He was always generous in sharing his home and his knowledge of sunny Florida. He was a wonderful husband and father. It is a great loss for me not to see him or talk to him anymore. I know he's at peace and not suffering anymore and that gives me comfort

Elaine KEnendy

May 24, 2020

Forever loved. Always a joy to be around. Made me smile whether I was 8 or 48. Sending hugs and comfort to his wonderful family.

Karen Madden

May 24, 2020

Uncle Louie was definitely the Funcle! (Fun Uncle). I have a lifetime of fun memories. Spending Summers out in Peconic & Cutchouge were the Best!! We did our chores, the faucets shined, the garage was spotless, then we were off on Adventures. Uncle Lou always had a New spot to explore and his enthusiasm was contagious!
It was there, I learned to Ski & Sail in the Peconic Bay. This passion carried on with us in The Great South Bay. My Dad, my Brother Dennis, and Myself, all had our own Boats.
Uncle Lou was always enjoyable to be around. It was evident, he loved to show people a good time!
I admired his Perfectionism. Whatever he was working on, was done right and always looked Beautiful!
He was a Great Dad and a Super Fun PopPop.
Love You. Will miss you Lots.
Thanks for the memories that will Always bring a smile to my face. XOXO Karen

Lisa McNair

May 24, 2020

Such a beautiful tribute to an amazing man who lived life to the fullest...and always with a smile. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful memories and photos. I'm blessed to call him Uncle Lou . Sending hugs, prayers and love to the Guido family.

Corinne Kustka

May 24, 2020

I have many memories of Lou and Gen as I grew up in Flushing. Such a handsome guy and always smiling. My memory though was more recent when we attended a party together and we spoke about our travels Lou was so generous to offer to host my husband and I if we came down to Florida. Such a genuine offer. Such a loving and kind man married to such a lovely lady.

Rest in paradise now Lou...

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Biography

When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Louis J. Guido Jr. who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Louis was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Lou knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

Lou was born on October 28, 1939 at New York Hospital in New York, NY and raised in Flushing, NY. His parents were Florence (Walsh) and Louis J. Guido Sr. Even as a youngster, Lou learned to be decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life. Lou’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He attended Flushing High School and completed his education through the armed forces.

Lou was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with his neighborhood friends. His closest friends were Eddie Penna, Sal Scarantino, Jimmy DeLuca, and Bobby Renna.

A conscientious individual, Lou reveled in the security of his family. On April 18, 1959 Louis exchanged wedding vows with Genevieve Costaldo at the St. Ann's Church of Flushing, NY. Lou was watchful of his children. He worried about them and was concerned for their safety and development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Lou would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Lou was proud of and blessed with two children, Louis J. Guido, III and Lorraine Mazzo, three grandchildren, Raven Massi, Marisa Mazzo, Kelly Thomas, and two great grandchildren, Zuri and Zara Thomas.

Lou was a Marine veteran. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military where his understanding of rank, his willingness to abide by rules and regulations and his desire to follow orders was admired by his fellow service men.
      
Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Lou was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. An excellent project supervisor, Lou was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In his professional environments, Lou upheld his standards as an appliance field service technician at Sears & Roebuck, a service manager at Long Island Stove, Inc.and later a bus operator and union officer at Palm Tran. Lou was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Lou to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. During his high school and adult years, he enjoyed playing basketball, softball, pool and ping pong. He also was something of a sports fan through the years and especially enjoyed watching Virginia Tech football games, geared up like a fan.

Lou approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies - boating, fishing, gardening and home improvement projects. Lou was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Being generous with his time and energy, Lou was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge made him a tremendous asset. Throughout his later years, Louis was an active member of the ELKS and served as an officer (Financial Secretary) for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1577.

When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Lou enjoyed exploring places to enjoy. His favorite vacations included Caribbean cruises, Las Vegas, and boating throughout the Intracoastal.

Lou was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Lou's favorites was Lizzy - a standard poodle. They were best friends for 7+ years. His early family life included many canine friends - Duchess and Cindy to name a few.

When Lou's retirement finally arrived in 2006, he was enthusiastic to have more free time to relax, visit with family, explore real estate and complete home improvement projects. His new life involved relocating within Florida. In retirement, he found new pleasure in remodeling and gardening. In many ways, Lou loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends and tackle new interesting activities.

Lou passed away on May 13, 2020 at VITAS inpatient care at Tiffany Hall from natural causes related to heart disease. He was laid to rest on June 12, 2020 in Mt. St. Mary's cemetery, Flushing, NY.

All who knew him would agree that Lou was a family man and lived his life fully. He had a strong work ethic. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Louis J. Guido Jr. did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to succeed and find happiness.

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