Eugene Charles Guzdial
January 2, 1939 – May 10, 2018
Eugene “Gene” Charles Guzdial passed away unexpectedly on May 10, 2018, at the age of 79 years.
Born in Michigan in 1939 to the late Bernard and Janet Guzdial, Gene was a 1956 graduate of Fitzgerald High School in Warren. He worked in the auto industry for many years, which is where he met his wife Nancy. He was a parts and body shop manager in Michigan, and continued as a body shop manager when he moved to Tucker with Nancy in 1994. In his retirement, he volunteered at the Georgia Aquarium and worked part-time at the Floral Hills Funeral Home and Cremation Services. He was a long-time parishioner and usher at Holy Cross Catholic Church.
Gene will be remembered for his humor and his generous nature. He volunteered his time often, from Cub Scouts and school groups when his sons were young, to church and neighborhood groups in his retirement. He was an avid gardener and lifelong Detroit Red Wings hockey fan. He loved music and played in multiple bands in his youth.
Gene will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Nancy, his children, Brian and Mark, and daughter-in-law Barbara. Gene was beloved by his grandchildren Matthew, Katherine, and Jennifer. Gene was preceded in death by both of his brothers, Stan and Bernie.
A mass in celebration of Gene’s life will be Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:00am at Holy Cross Catholic Church (3773 Chamblee Tucker Rd, Atlanta, Georgia 30341). Following the service a lunch will be served at the church. www.holycrossatlanta.org.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at 1762 Clifton Rd NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322. We have complied with Gene’s wishes, and have donated his brain and spinal column to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.
Gene’s ashes will be interred in Michigan on Monday, October 1, 2018. A memorial gathering will be held on that day. Further details will follow.
- Nancy Labowski Guzdial, Wife
- Brian Guzdial, Son
- Dr. Mark Guzdial, Son
- Dr. Barbara Ericson, Daughter-in-law
- Matthew Guzdial, Grandson
- Katherine Guzdial, Granddaughter
- Jennifer Guzdial, Granddaughter
Mount Olivet Cemetery
17100 Van Dyke Avenue
Eugene Charles Guzdial
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May 18, 2018
Gene always had a smile on his face and a kind word to say. We will miss him.
Jaimi, Sean & Steven
May 17, 2018
I've had the delightful pleasure of working alongside Gene during many volunteer projects in Tucker (and John's Homestead in particular) over the past 3 years. I will always remember his smile and that wonderful twinkle in his eyes. His generous nature and flow of positivity is what I will always have as a placeholder in my heart for him. God bless and hold the family at this time.
May 17, 2018
I have been with Gene and Nancy many times over the past year, as recently as two weeks ago. As I was talking to Nancy, Gene was enjoying being with his neighbors and friends. We were all shocked by the news of his passing even though we were well aware of the physical limitations that he was dealing with, and now Nancy is as well. Separation comes about when the sight of someone disappears but in the case of Gene, we have by faith a new understanding: that the sight of him will remain present and strong in the hearts and minds of his family and those who knew him over time. Gene is freed from his limitations and through his generosity and the research that comes from studying this illness, the possibility exists that his contribution will benefit so many more. Savor the memories and lessons he gave you and realize that he is freed now to soar and to be present in new ways known only to God but promised us through faith. God bless you all!
May 16, 2018
I met Gene in early 1970. He was a parts manager. I worked 15 feet away from him every day. He was indeed a force to be reckoned with - in a good way. He stocked the parts to help me with my work. I remember going to a hockey game with him at Olympia. He was an usher. Later in life, our paths crossed again. We met in Las Vegas, and he and Nancy hosted me many times in their home when I was passing through Georgia. He and Nancy visited our home. I will always value his friendship and enthusiasm for life. He is one of life's unforgettable persons. Sending deepest sympathies and condolences to Nancy and their family.
Lee and Kathie Engel
MARY Lynne SCARBROUGH
May 15, 2018
We met Gene and Nancy in dinner club. We bonded over a mutual love of the Detroit Red Wings. Gene knew my favorite player was Steve Yzerman and has given me memorabilia through the years. I will think of him (and Nancy) fondly whenever I see his little gifts. We will miss him. So, so sorry for his loss.
Mell and Mary Lynne Scarbrough