Gerald G. Guarino

May 27, 1927March 18, 2018

Gerald Guarino, who passed away on March 18, 2018, was born in Newark and initially followed two career paths early in life…one in sports, the other as an artist.

He attended Central High School where he played baseball and was chosen for the City, County and All-State teams. Upon graduation, he was scheduled to try out for the Brooklyn Dodgers, but instead was called into the Navy.

After being discharged from service, he attended the Joe Stripp School of Baseball in Florida and was soon contracted to play for the Pittsburg Pirates. He played on the Pirates farm team for the next 3 years while simultaneously studying commercial art at the Institute of Advertising Art in Newark.

He worked as a commercial artist, but soon switched to the Barton Press Printers where he learned art preparation for all forms of printing. During this time, he attended classes at the Newark School of Fine arts and taught art classes to the young boys at Boystown in Kearny, NJ

In 1952, he joined the Turchette Advertising Agency as an art director, but as the company grew, he quickly climbed the ranks becoming a Vice President and eventually a partner and General Manager. He continued his education by attending evening classes in marketing for 3 years at Rutgers University as well as direct mail graphics at NYU.

After a career spanning over 40 years, Gerald retired and moved with his wife, Josephine, who predeceased him, to Normandy Beach, NJ for summers and Boca Raton, Florida for winters. There he enjoyed spending hours on his artwork becoming a member of the Ocean County Artists’ Guild, the Laurelton Art Society, the NJ Professional Artists’ League and eventually, the Rowayton Arts Center in CT.

Gerald is survived by his two daughters, Cynthia Mangiafico of Jupiter, FL and Patricia McQuillen of Rowayton, CT as well as 4 grandchildren, Christopher, Jeffrey and Jessica Mangiafico, and Miles McQuillen.

Services will be conducted from the LaMonica Memorial Home, 145 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ on Monday, March 26, 2018, at 10 am followed by the burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Bloomfield.


  • Funeral Service Monday, March 26, 2018
  • Burial Monday, March 26, 2018

Gerald G. Guarino

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Richard Cross

March 22, 2018

Jo and Jerry were part of our lives for over 20 years. They were our neighbors on Marshmallow Road in Silver Beach, NJ. As most of you are aware, Jerry was an artist and could paint in oils and water colors along with pretty great sketches. One day I asked Jerry to do a painting of our new home. He couldn't wait to get started taking multiple pictures and checking various lines. The painting came out just the way he wanted and we are still delighted with it. It hangs proudly in our home. Jerry also completed another sketch which we also have displayed.

Jerry will be missed along with his wonderful wife Jo, who made our time with them special.

Rest in Peace Good Friends.

Rich and Maryann Cross