Former mayor’s father, Emilio Guido, dies at 91

Photo courtesy of Voran Funeral Home Emilio Guido

Photo courtesy of Voran Funeral Home
Emilio Guido

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Emilio Guido, the father of the late Mayor Michael Guido, died from an illness on Monday, Jan. 15, at the age of 91.

He was a Dearborn resident since he was 12 years old and a World War II veteran.

Emilio Guido was born on June 2, 1926, in Amantea, Italy, before his parents, Michele and Rose Guido, moved to Dearborn.

He graduated from Fordson High School and worked for the city as an employee for 42 years before retiring as a superintendent of maintenance. Guido earned his electrical license and that, “there wasn’t a house he couldn’t wire, nor a person in need that he ever said no to,” according to his obituary.

From 1944 to 1946 Guido served as a military policeman with the U.S. Army.

“He loved his country and always wore his World War II baseball cap with great pride,” the obituary read. “These customs were woven into his every day as were the calls each of us made to him and our mom to check in.”

Along with his military service, Guido enjoyed eating bread, making sopressata — an Italian dry salami — with his best friend and making regular visits to Capri Bakery and the city of Dearborn, which he continued to do after losing his only son, Michael Guido, to cancer.

Michael Guido was elected mayor of Dearborn six times before he died Dec. 5, 2006, less than a year into his sixth term.

As written in his obituary, Emilio Guido enjoyed to garden and eat hard bread, a cucumber and tomato salad and a piece of cheese every day at noon.

“In many ways, his garden was a metaphor for his life,” the obituary read. “It always had a vision and he tended to it with love, gratitude and humor. In return, his garden, as well as all who knew him, showered him with goodness and abundance.”

During the Jan. 16 Dearborn City Council meeting, council members offered their condolences to the family.

“Eugene (Guido) and Emilio were more than brothers, they were best friends,” Councilman David Bazzy said of the brothers. “They lived next to each other and did everything together. They epitomized what Dearborn is for multiple years of family living around each other, helping each other out and being part of the community.”

Bazzy also said he did not know anyone who ever had a bad word to say about Guido.

“He was a lovely, quiet spoken, outstanding individual around this community and will be missed not only by his family, but by everyone around him. At the end of the day, this is a man who I looked up to in so many ways because he was a family man and what came first for him was always his family.”

Guido leaves his wife, Helen; brother Eugene; sister Mary; daughters Victoria, Laura and Lisa; son-in-laws Joe, Dan and Bill; daughter-in-law Kari; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rose and Michele, brother Jimmy and son Michael.

“We find great peace that our dad is now reunited with his parents, Rose and Michele, his brother Jimmy and his favorite politician, a man he truly loved, his only son, Michael,” the obituary read.

Visitation is scheduled for 2 to 8 p.m. Jan. 19, at Voren Funeral Home-Dearborn Chapel, 23701 Ford Road, with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. Afuneral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at St. Barbara Parish, 13534 Colson, Dearborn. An entombment ceremony will be held at 11:15 a.m. Jan. 20 at St. Hedwig Cemetery and Mausoleum, 23755 Military Road, Dearborn Heights.

Donations in Guido’s honor can be made to Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)