William J. Guido, age 68, of Mayfield, New York, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2011, at his residence after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on September 27, 1943, in Staten Island, New York, a son of Frank and Mary Jones Guido. Bill attended St. Peter’s High School. Following graduation, he served his country in the U.S. Army with the 101st Airborne Division stationed in Mainz, Germany. During his tour, he met his wife, Sylvia Schulz Guido, who he married on July 15, 1965.
Bill began his career with the FDNY in 1968, ascending the ranks, retiring as chief of the marine division after 33 years with the department. Mr. Guido’s final duties with the FDNY involved responding to the Ground Zero recovery effort. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in fire science at John Jay College in Manhattan during his tenure with the fire department. Mr. Guido was also a U.S. Coast Guard Reservist, achieving the rank of master chief petty officer with over thirty years of service.
Bill and his wife relocated to Mayfield in 2001, and he soon after joined the Mayfield Volunteer Fire Department. Bill also earned a real estate license and worked for local agencies prior to his illness.
Mr. Guido was a staunch and vocal conservative who also enjoyed sailing and cooking. Ultimately, his true passion was firefighting.
Bill is survived by his wife, Sylvia; three sons, David F. (Mary Fran) Guido, Stephen M. (Anne Marie) Guido, William J. Guido, Jr. and his fiancée, Ellen Clarke; one daughter, Tanja I. Rollins; six grandchildren, Jonathan Rollins, Katherine Guido, Daniel Guido, Zachary Rollins, Audrey Guido and William J. Guido, III; one aunt, Marie Guido; one cousin, Butch (Danna) Cusick; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by one brother, Joseph.