Nicholas J. Guagliardo

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Born: March 29, 1931

Died: May 15, 2011

Services: Our Lady Help of Christian's RC Church Wednesday, May 18,2011 10:00AM

Visitation: Bedell-Pizzo Funeral Home Tuesday, May 17,2011 2-4 & 7-9PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Longtime Midland Beach resident Nicholas J. Guagliardo, 80, a retired telephone switchman who enjoyed reading, learning and mostly the simple pleasure of being with family, died Sunday in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Manhattan.

Mr. Guagliardo grew up in Borough Park, Brooklyn and served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1949 to 1956, during the Korean War, stationed in Greenland and Alaska.

He settled in Midland Beach in 1963. He worked for nearly three decades as a telephone switchman. He started his career at Bell Atlantic and remained with the company after it had become Verizon. He retired 22 years ago.

Mr. Guagliardo was an avid reader; he especially looked for books on history and geography and best-selling thrillers.

“He couldn’t absorb enough. He was such an intelligent man,” said his daughter Jodi Guagliardo. “My father was a man of simple wants and simple happiness. Has only wants was for the happiness of his wife, his children and grandchildren. It wasn’t about the size of his house or where he went on vacation, or anything materialistic. It was about quality of life. Nothing made him happier than to see life through the eyes of his family.”

He was a fan of the New York Yankees and liked to take trips to Atlantic City, where he would be content to play penny machines, no matter what he won, to spend time with loved ones and to eat crab legs at the buffet.

In addition to his daughter, Jodi, surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Mercedes Domingo; two sons, Robert and Ricky; another daughter, Joyce O’Keefe; a brother, Frank Guagliardo, and seven grandchildren.

The funeral will be tomorrow from the Bedell-Pizzo Funeral Home, Tottenville, with mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady Help of Christians R.C. Church, Tottenville. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Pleasant Plains.

Memorials: Donations to Memorial Sloan Kettering in Nicholas's name would be appreciated.

Cemetery: Resurrection Cemetery (Staten Island) (Map)

Location: Bedell-Pizzo Funeral Home (Map)

Church: Our Lady Help of Christians R.C.Church (Map)

Posted at: 5/18/2011 12:29:12 PM By:

Leslie Ann Fuchs

Email Address: [email protected]

To the Guagliardo Clan:

I wish that I could be with you all today to remember Nick's life and legacy. The one thing that I wanted to share with you today was my memory of Nick making all the Guagliardo and Fuchs women look like they could compete on Dancing with the Stars. The image of Nick tearing up the rug at the various occasions you all gave him to celebrate over these many years of raising families, that is the one that stays with me.

You know he is now Dancing with the Stars.....the real ones in the Milky Way! And I am loving you, and trusting that we can find our ways on the dance floor of life, just like Nick would depend upon us all to do. Please take good care of yourself; I know what a terrific job you do for others, but now is time for self-reflection.

My invitation to come visit, and enjoy a cool summer in Berkeley or at Kirkwood still stands. Someone do take me up on that as I am still in the trenches with three teenagers--and native Californians at that--with no kinfolk here.

All love and blessings to you at this time of transition. Hugs all around. XOXOXO