Frank Paul Guidi
June 2, 1926 – March 10, 2018
Westbrook- Frank P. Guidi, 91, longtime owner of Guidi’s Diner, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2018. Born on 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 3 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 St. in Westbrook and thought it would be a great location for a restaurant. Though he was an excellent cook, he would never have been mistaken for a handy man. 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 1970’s 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 2 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), Andrea Vail (husband Michael); Sandra’s children, Laura Cook (husband Michael), James Thompson (wife Michelle), Michael Thompson (wife Sonia), 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. Great grandchildren Jada and Apollo DiPietro, 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 pm with a tribute to Frank at 2pm 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
Celebration of Life
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Jones, Rich & Barnes
199 Woodford St.
Frank Paul Guidi
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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