John J Guinane

May 25, 1926April 18, 2019

PRESTON – John “Jack” Guinane, 92, passed peacefully on Thursday, April 18th at Backus Hospital.

He was born in Elmira, NY on May 25, 1926 to the late William and Mary (Hourihan) Guinane. This young entrepreneur began as a messenger for Western Union while still in school. At the age of 17, Jack enlisted in the US Navy, serving during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he continued working for Western Union, ascending the ranks to the management and technical levels before retiring. He was a life member of the VFW Kari-Hill Post in Niantic.

On April 10, 1948, he married his beloved wife Bruna (Abelli) in Fairfield, CT. She survives him.

Jack enjoyed reading books on history and was often the encyclopedia many went to with questions. He had a knack for fixing things. His greatest times spent in life were always with his family.

Besides his wife, Jack is also survived by his son; Tim Guinane of Preston, daughters; Christine Johnson and husband Lyle of Franklin, and Boni Favello and husband John of Lisbon, sisters; Pat Hallinan and Mary Guinane of Elmira NY, grandchildren; Jessica Bonchuk and husband Scott, Darren Favello and wife Katie, and Ashley Favello, great-grandchildren; Nathan, Courtney, Jason Jr., Samuel, Luciana, Eli and Theo along with a special niece Julie Breault and many other nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son; Daniel Guinane, a grandson; Jason Johnson, one brother, and five sisters.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd from 9:30am – 11am at Church & Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St., Norwich, CT. A Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home at 11am. Burial with Military Honors will immediately follow at Preston City Cemetery.

Donations in Jack’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association.

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  • Calling Hours / Visitation Tuesday, April 23, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 23, 2019
  • Burial With Military Honors Tuesday, April 23, 2019


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Andrea Fogle Malone

April 22, 2019

I extend deepest condolences from the Fogle girls. We fondly remember your family when you lived in Westbrook. Chris and Bonnie, Linda and I have thought about you many times over the years, and we are sorry that your father's death is the source of our update. May his soul Rest In Peace.

Mary Pat Hallinan

April 22, 2019

Uncle Jack was such a good man! At the reunion, he would let go of the rope and let us kids win at tug of war. He would pretend to be scared in the “haunted house” we created in our playroom. He would start the singing around the campfire.
To Bruna, Chris, Bonnie, and Tim and families, I hope your wonderful memories of his will bring you comfort in your time of sorrow.
Mary Pat

Ann Weale

April 19, 2019

I want to tell you of a story when we went up for thanksgiving one year when i was like 10 yrs old. The hallway was dark, i had to go the bathroom so on my way back from the bathroom thought i had the right bedroom and bounced up on the bed like any 10 yr old would and they both sat straight up, it was then i realized i was in the wrong bedroom, he said your room is down the hall to the end. i didnt wNt to face him the next day for breakfast i was so embarrased. He will be missed by all, bless the family in their time of sorrow.. love annie