OBITUARY

Dominick "Nick" Joseph Guercio

August 5, 1944December 29, 2017
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1 Peter 5:10 “But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” And this, so God did. Our hearts are filled with sorrow as we mourn the passing of our beloved husband, son, father, and grandfather, Dominick Joseph “Nick” Guercio. A native and resident of White Castle, Nick was born August 5, 1944 and was taken by Christ on Friday, December 29, 2017 in the arms of his bride of 51 years at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center – Bluebonnet. Nick’s survivors include his wife (his “Charma”) and best friend, Charmelle Ishmael Guercio; mother, Virgina Amedio Guercio; son and significant other, John Joseph Guercio and Angie; daughters and sons-in-law, Jill Guercio Holton and Cloyd “Cowboy”; Janet Guercio Binning and Matthew; five grandchildren, Nicole Elizabeth Stevens, Preston Michael Stevens, Joel “Brett” Hebert, II, Lennox Wayne Binning, and Sullivan Matthew Binning; and four granddogs he absolutely adored, Lil’ Man, Maggie, BoBo, and Tank. He was an only child, but he is leaving behind a large family of inherited siblings through the Ishmael family whom will miss him greatly: one sister-in-law, Annelle (Nell) Ishmael Rives; and five (5) brothers-in-law, Bill (Billy Boo), Tim, David, Patrick, and Mark, and numerous nieces and nephews. Many Guercio and Amedio cousins, near and afar, will cherish his memory, as well. Preceding him in passing are his father, Dominick Raymond Guercio; mother- and father-in-law, Evelyn and Calvin “Lucky” Ishmael; three (3) brothers-in-law, Calvin and Frank Ishmael, and Ruel “Bucky” Rives; and two dogs he loved immensely, Sergeant and Pepper Jane Guercio. A young Nick’s academic endeavors included graduating from White Castle High School, attending Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, and acquiring a business degree in accounting from Spencer College in Baton Rouge. He also joined the Army National Guard, where he served for seven (7) years. Concurrent to his academic and military pursuits, a happenstance ‘first job’ at Thompson Machinery (later known as Cane Equipment Coop) in Plaquemine would ignite a life-long career, resulting in a position of Manager and CEO. As an entrepreneur for over two decades, he also became the sole-proprietor of Guercio Tire & Son, following the passing of his father. He was known as “Big Nick” and “Tractor Boss” to the farming community, friends, and national clients whom he served, later retiring in 2014 after almost 50 years of service to Cane Equipment and his community. Post-retirement brought him the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of people at Sunshine Equipment in Donaldsonville, a venture he embarked upon for merely a short period of time, but loved it, nonetheless. He was an active member of the Catholic Church with a devotion to Jesus Christ and the Blessed Mother. He was an avid sports fan, particularly football and basketball, loved his large flat-screen television, and took pride in visiting and calling his children and grandchildren on a frequent basis. Nick was a man of great character, humility, love, compassion, and integrity. He found the best in others and many lives have breathed easier because he lived. He enjoyed his few years of retirement, despite a failing health after enduring a battle with a chemo-effect lengthy illness. Arrangements are as follows: Visitation at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church in White Castle, Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 9:00 AM until Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM, celebrated by Father Paul Yi. Funeral procession to Nick’s final resting place at the White Castle Cemetery will follow. Serving as pall bearers will be John Guercio, Preston Stevens, Brett Hebert, Matthew Binning, Patrick Ishmael, and David Ishmael, II. Honorary pall bearers are his son-in-law, Cloyd “Cowboy” Holton, his brother in-law Mark Ishmael, and close friend Barry Raffray. We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to Dr. Scott Wharton and Dr. Joel Silverberg of Baton Rouge Clinic, and all of the professional and knowledgeable physicians and staff members at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center during the course of his battle, and during his final days and hours. Moreover, we are especially grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support from friends and loved ones, near and afar.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 4, 2018
REMEMBERING

Dominick "Nick" Joseph Guercio

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January 10, 2018

Charmelle, you have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear "Nicky." I feel your pain, as my own.
Adeline & Coonie Caillet

Avery Guercio

January 5, 2018

Rest in Peace Nick. I only met you one time; at the Tractor Store; when you ordered two tractor keys for me. You were very nice; and I loved our little chat about the Guercio Family.

Earl and Peggy Thibodaux

January 4, 2018

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Charmelle Guercio

January 3, 2018

To my Nicky, Dear Love of My Life:
So many memories..in our 51 years of marriage, 55 years together...No way to explain my broken heart- You did get what you prayed for ..which breaks my heart even more- I will never forget the day of the surgery in Nov 2014 for your Very Rare Lymphoma- I remember my visit to you in ICU after Dr F, surgeon left- As I hugged you...you whispered..."Doc says I have Cancer..a Rare Lymphoma, but that's OK..b/c I am getting what I prayed for- (You said) The day I heard how sick you were in 2013, so near brain death with Strep Sepsis & Cancer found returned metastatic...I prayed so hard... I asked the Lord to PLEASE let you get better..so YOU could Bury ME.. Because I canNOT bury YOU- We would not want the kids to face 2 parents' deaths so close..& I would die if you die- SO..Our Lord is just giving me what I asked for"-
Well..you got what you prayed for my love...and I will NEVER forget the words of the surgeon who discharged you several days later... when your Dr F was off- His words will forever ring in my hears... "Dominick...ALL LYMPHOMAS ARE ENVIRONMENTAL CANCERS..BUT YOUR LYMPHOMA IS VERY VERY RARE...WHICH MEANS IT IS NOT FROM SOMETHING YOU WERE EXPOSED TO...IT "IS" FROM SOMETHING "YOU TOOK INTO YOUR BODY"- FULL PATH REPORT FROM OUT OF STATE..SHOWED IT WAS SO RARE...IT IS IN A LESS THAN 1% RARITY WORLDWIDE FOR LYMPHOMA CASES-
WE WERE HAPPY LATER TO LEARN IT WAS "NOT" DEADLY ANAPLASTIC..BUT YOU CERTAINLY SUFFERED GREATLY LONG BEFORE & THEN AFTER SURGERY- REST WITH JESUS MY LOVE..BECAUSE NO MORE CHOKING WITH MEALS & DRINKING AS WAS SO BAD SINCE 2014- UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN MY LOVE TO REJOIN IN SPIRIT-

SHELLY GAUTREAUX

January 3, 2018

Charmelle and family

Doug and I were so sorry to hear about Nickie. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of sorrow.

Shelly Gautreaux

Shirley Dominique Cobb and Family

January 3, 2018

To: Mrs. Charmelle, Mrs. Virginia and the entire Guercio Family, Sending our love, prayers, and heartfelt Sympathy in the loss of our loved one, Nikki!

Elaine Gauthreaux

January 3, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. I know it is hard to lose your soulmate, and my prayers are with you and your family. Your childhood friend, Elaine Bergeron Gauthreaux

Lisa Tritico

January 2, 2018

Charmelle,Janet and Jill,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know this is such a loss. Hug those grand babies and tell them stories about grampa Nick.
He will live forever in you heart.

Lisa Tritico

January 2, 2018

Charmelle,Janet and Jill,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I

Diana Bouquet

January 2, 2018

God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5 NIV

At a time when words are so hard to find..know that you are cared for very deeply and loved greatly by so many. We can only feel some of the pain that you feel in the loss of Mr. Nicky. While we may feel helpless at times in knowing how to comfort you, the Lord knows exactly what you need. He will minister peace and comfort to you in many unexpected ways. He will walk with you through the coming days.

If you need anything please give me a call. You are all in our thoughts and heartfelt prayers.
Diana, Marcia and Gerald Bouquet