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Gary Guadagno

Obituary of Gary D. Guadagno

Gary Guadagno, affectionately known to friends as "Guido," was a family man with a sparkling sense of humor. He and his wife Deborah met at Costanzo's Bakery when Gary came in for a sub and noticed her; his friend was a co-worker of Deborah's and had him set them up on a blind date, and the two hit it off chatting all night. On their second date, they accompanied another couple to the drive-in and again talked all night long. They married a year later and were blessed with three children. As a family, they had a cottage on Lancaster Road in Angola where they enjoyed boating, fishing, and hanging out at Rock Beach. The children would pick out stones to place in their rock garden at the cottage. Gary cherished his time with his family, especially his grandchildren, taking them to see the trains and putting pennies on the tracks to watch them get flattened, or swimming at the Depew swimming pool, teaching them to dry off on the hot concrete without a towel. He always gave them interesting gifts to educate them about history. Teaching the children about the past was essential to Gary, and he enjoyed taking them on field trips to City Hall and showing them the very top; he would also take them to the Fire Museum, Dairy Queen for a strawberry shake, or the bus wash at the NFTA for fun. Gary loved fixing cars and learned everything he knew from his neighbor. He was a talented diesel mechanic for NFTA for over 30 years and worked weekends for AAA part-time after retirement; he wanted to allow younger men the opportunity to have weekends off. Gary loved rescuing people in the dangerous weather and always put smiles on everyone's faces at this job. He enjoyed collecting antiques and repairing them with his mechanical skills, especially barber poles. Gary would offer to fix them at barbershops and end up with free haircuts. He also liked to collect sidewalk plates, fireboxes, and anything vintage "City of Buffalo," as he held so much pride for his city. Gary will be missed by those who loved him dearly, though cherished through fond memories of times spent with family and friends together. Guadagno, Gary D. “Guido” January 19, 2022 of Depew, NY. Beloved husband of Deborah (nee Strachan) Guadagno; devoted father of Monica (James) Valentine, Krista (Jeremy) Klein, and Nicholas (Danielle Pickhardt) Guadagno; cherished grandfather Jacob, Gabriella, Logan, and Jackson; loving brother of Ralph (Doreen) Guadagno (late Bonnie Strachan), Annette (Jim) Brzezicki, David (late Trish) Guadagno, and Margaret Guadagno; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends received on Saturday from 12 noon – 4 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 1340 Union Rd. West Seneca, NY 716-627-2919. A Celebration of Life will take place at 2:30 pm on Saturday at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. Please make online donations at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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Saturday
22
January

Visitation

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home - West Seneca, NY
1340 Union Road
West Seneca, New York, United States
716-674-5776
Saturday
22
January

Celebration of Life

2:30 pm
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home - West Seneca, NY
1340 Union Rd.
West Seneca, New York, United States
716-674-5776