Frank Paul Guidi
June 2, 1926 – March 10, 2018
Frank P. Guidi, 91 WESTBROOK - Frank P. Guidi, 91, longtime owner of Guidi's Diner, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2018. Born June 2, 1926, Frank grew up on Munjoy Hill, the eldest son of Italian immigrants Eleuterio and Josephine Feroci Guidi. In 1944, he joined the United States Navy as a chief commissary officer. Proud of his service, he was always happy to reminisce about the different parts of the world he had been to. In 1950, he married Marion Palermo. Frank retired from the Navy in 1966, moving back to Portland with Marion and their three children. He worked for Hemingway and St. Johnsbury Trucking companies as a dispatcher. He enjoyed his years in the trucking industry, but after being a chef in the Navy for more than 20 years, it was part of who he was. In 1976, he found a run-down building on Main Street in Westbrook and thought it would be a great location for a restaurant. Though he was an excellent cook, he never would have been mistaken for a handyman. His brother-in-law, Gennaro Dadiego, along with cousin, Sam Marcisso, did all of the renovations, making it possible for "Guidi's Diner" to open. Today, Gennaro's grandson, Joseph Dadiego, owns the diner and has maintained the name. Frank truly appreciated that the business he opened in the 1970s continues to thrive today and is "in the family." In 1983, Marion died. Frank married Sandra Thompson in 1985. She passed away in 2015. Frank was an extremely proud man with a sharp mind. He knew his politics and sports. He loved watching the New York Yankees and Duke University basketball. If anyone made food or desserts for him, it was at the risk of knowing he wasn't going to hold back on how it tasted. If Frank told you something was delicious, it was the highest praise. Frank was a longtime member of the Portland Elks Club and The Italian Heritage Center. In addition to his two wives, Frank was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Angela Neff and Susan Malloy; brothers, Benny and Joseph Guidi; and grandson, Anthony M. Vail. He is survived by his sister, Rosemarie Nice; sister-in-law, Sylvia Guidi, and brother-in-law, Ted Hellman; his children: Frank Jr. (wife, Janice), Lisa DiPietro (husband, Rudy), and Andrea Vail (husband, Michael); Sandra's children: Laura Cook (husband, Michael), James Thompson (wife, Michelle), Michael Thompson (wife, Sonia), and Donna Grondin (husband, John); grandchildren: Rudy DiPietro (wife, Cassandra), Angelo DiPietro (wife, Hannah), Gino DiPietro; Christina, Maria and Leah Vail; Andrew Cook (wife, RaeAnne); Joseph Cook (wife, Shelby); Kevin and Jonathan Thompson; Mackenzie and Riley Grondin; and Michelle Davis; and great-grandchildren: Jada and Apollo DiPietro, and Parker and Austin Cook. Frank is also survived by many nieces and nephews. There will be a Celebration of Life Saturday, March 31, 2018, from 1-4 p.m., with a tribute to Frank at 2 p.m., at Jones, Rich and Barnes Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Frank's memory to: Good Shepherd Food Bank P.O. Box 1807 Auburn, ME 04211
- Marion Guidi, Spouse
- Sandra Thompson, Spouse
- Frank P Guidi Jr, Son
- Janice Guidi, Daughter-in-law
- Lisa DiPietro, Daughter
- Rudy DiPietro, Son-in-law
- Andrea Vail, Daughter
- Michael Vail, Son-in-law
- Laura Cook, Step Daughter
- Michael Cook, Laura's husband
- James Thompson, Step Son
- Michelle Thompson, James' wife
- Michael Thompson, Step Son
- Sonia Thompson, Michael's wife
- Donna Grondin, Step Daughter
- John Grondin, Donna's husband
- Rudy DiPietro, Grandson
- Cassandra DiPietro, Rudy's wife
- Angelo DiPietro, Grandson
- Hannah DiPietro, Angelo's wife
- Gino DiPietro, Grandson
- Christina Vail, Granddaughter
- Maria Vail, Granddaughter
- Leah Vail, Granddaughter
- Andrew Cook, Grandson
- RaeAnne Cook, Andrew's wife
- Joseph Cook, Grandson
- Shelby Cook, Joseph's Wife
- Kevin Thompson, Grandson
- Jonathan Thompson, Grandson
- Mackenzie Grondin, Granddaughter
- Riley Grondin, Granddaughter
- Michelle Davis, Granddaughter
- Jada DiPietro, Great Granddaughter
- Apollo DiPietro, Great Grandson
- Parker Cook, Great Grandson
- Austin Cook, Great Grandson
- Rosemarie Nice, Sister
- Angela Neff, Sister
- Sylvia Guidi, Sister-in-law
- Ted Hellman, Brother-in-law
- Susan Malloy, Sister
- Benny Guidi, Brother
- Joseph Guidi, Brother
- Anthony M. Vail, Grandson
- Celebration of Life Saturday, March 31, 2018
Frank Paul Guidi
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March 26, 2018
I took care of Franks first wife for a few years.Frank and Marion were very good to me.After a few years she passed away from her illness.I missed her a lot.
Then Frank, years later, married my good friend, Sandy.
They loved each other very much and were very happy til she passed away .
Frank and Sandy each had children from previous marriages.
Never saw such a large family who all love each other and get alone so great!
They all loved Frank very much and he will be greatly missed!
He was a special man!
Bill & Brenda Marchant
March 26, 2018
Laura and Mike and family, so very sorry to hear of the passing of Frank. Our love and prayers are with you.
March 26, 2018
Andrea and Michael and children,
So sorry to read of your Dad's obituary.
Keep the memories close to your heart and with God's love all will help sustain you.
Wilma Taliento - Florida
March 24, 2018
I am so sad to hear of Franks passing. He was a good man to everyone. Frank will truly be missed and always loved by all who knew him. My he rest in peace.
March 24, 2018
Frank was always such a caring person with all who knew him. When you would speak with him, it was like you were speaking with a life long friend, and perhaps you were. A real blessing to have known Frank, and I am sure the world is going to miss him.
March 21, 2018
Skip , Lisa, and Andrea.....I am so very sorry for the loss of your Dad....He meant the world to me and I will miss him dearly....He certainly was one of a kind...I remember so vividly the first days and months when he first opened Guidi's....I didn't have a job at the time and he came to me and asked me if I wanted to waitress....I was so excited and nervous at the same time...He taught me so much those first few years and I am so thankful for having that opportunity to work with him...We had some fun times back then...
My hope for all of you is that you can find comfort in your memories of your Dad...Please give my love to your families...I am thinking of all of you and I pray that you will all find your own peace....All my love ....Patty