James T. Gugino

Born: Sun., Feb. 14, 1943
Died: Mon., Mar. 24, 2014

Celebration of Life

4:00 PM Sat., Mar. 29, 2014
Location: Sons of Italy

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James T. Gugino, 71, of 11 West Water Street, Lock Haven, died on March 24, 2014 at home. Jim, who was also known by family and friends as "Gino," was born on February 14, 1943 to Lillian Rose Gugino and the late Joseph S. Gugino.

He grew up in Gowanda, NY and graduated from Gowanda Central School in 1961. He worked at Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS) in Buffalo, NY, Washington, D.C. and State College, PA. He also worked for NBC Television while in Washington and for Penn College in Williamsport, PA.  He spent several years shooting plane-to-plane videos for Piper Aircraft in Lock Haven. He called it the best job anyone ever had.

Jim was married to the former Karen V. Smith. The two met in nursery school when they were three years old and they lived happily ever after.

Gino loved talking, riding and fixing motorcycles with his friends at the British Embassy.  He had also been an active member of the Loggia Giosue Carducci Sons of Italy Lodge #146 for the past 40 years.

Besides Karen, Jim is survived by three sons Jeff, Joe and Lenny who he proudly taught to be "gentlemen and Guginos," their wives Beth, Missy and Rebecca, and grandchildren Tyler, Tate, Leisher and LilyAnn. He is also survived by his mother Lillian and brother David and his wife Joan of Apple Valley, Minnesota, brother Jerry of Payson, Arizona, and brother-in-law James W. Smith of Springville, New York.

The family will greet friends and have a celebration to honor Jim at the Sons of Italy, 1 North Henderson Street, Lock Haven, this Saturday, March 29, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home, 121 W. Main St., Lock Haven, PA to Millbrook Playhouse or the Community Pool at Mill Hall.

A private family memorial service and committal will be held at a later date. 

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Thomm Yost
   Posted Wed March 26, 2014
I am very sorry. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time

Jean Wool
   Posted Wed March 26, 2014
Karen, you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. I am so sorry for your loss.

Holly Gharet (McHenry)
   Posted Wed March 26, 2014
Sorry for your loss - you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you!

Martha and Kerry Trout
   Posted Wed March 26, 2014
Jeff and Beth - We were so very sorry to hear of Gino's passing. I (Martha) lost my Dad last May and know how hard it is. Please know that we are holding you in our thoughts and prayers.
With Sincere Sympathy ~ Martha and Kerry Trout

Dennis Correll
   Posted Wed March 26, 2014
To the family of Jim. Working with Jim at WACC/Penn College was such a joy. He always had a kind word to say and a smile on his face. He was a true gentlemen in all matters. I always wondered where he went and how he was doing. God Bless to Jim's family, you were so fortunate to have him in your lives. He was the kind of person that made a difference just by meeting him.

Al & Linda Lojacono
   Posted Wed March 26, 2014
Linda and I are so very sorry for your loss. Jim will be missed.

Margaret Sebastianelli
   Posted Thu March 27, 2014
To the Gugino family, I wish you peace and understanding in the passing of a husband, father and friend.

"Every blade in the field, every leaf in the forest, lays down its life in the season as beautifully as it was taken up." Thoreau

Santo Irlandi
   Posted Fri March 28, 2014
Gino and I were friends at Piper years ago. I was in Marketing and a pilot(retired Navy). Sorry we lost touch with one another. Spent many a happy day with him and his family in Loch Haven. I'm in Vero Beach now and really retired. I'm sure he took some pictures of me flying Piper airplanes.
God Bless.

Gus & Carolyn Reinwald
   Posted Sat March 29, 2014
Gino was always the gentleman, never saying anything bad of others.

Nick Capo
   Posted Sun March 30, 2014
Jeff and Family,
We were sorry to hear this news. You have our sympathy and our best wishes.
Nick Capo and Beth Widmaier Capo

Bob Barth
   Posted Sun March 30, 2014
Lenny and family, just learned of your fathers passing. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. As a father, I am sure that he knew great pride in watching your family grow and succeed.i well remember the extra smile on his face as he picked the kids up after school; a smile that spoke volumes of his pride in those youngsters. Continue to honor him by carrying on the family name in the manner that you do. No greater tribute can be paid to a man.

Ward Morrison
   Posted Wed February 18, 2015
To the greatest and closest of families, the Gugino's...my heart and prayers go out. I will always remember Jim's smile and laugh and his kindness toward others. I remember the fun of the Bugeye Sprite zipping up into our front yard in Falls Church, Jim arriving with a smile and a toot of the horn which meant fun for all for we would take a turn around the block which was absolutely thrilling...such joy!!! This joy later went to Lock Haven where we visited the kennel house where more fun, the Bugeye, the motorcyles, simply the Gugino's...pure fun!!! Always a fun and laughter to be had. Jim's bond with his family is more than admirable. I had the pleasure of knowing this intimately through the family's kindness in taking us in and housing us for what to date is the finest and funnest winter I have ever experienced. Jim, Karen, Jeff, Joe and Lenny all share a wonderful humor, an incredible kindness, caring and love for life that shows through there bond. The togetherness, the sharing...the incredible bond as a family unit. The bond between Jim and his son's did not rival that of Karen and her son's but had its own unique flavor. An incredible envious bond again of laughter, discovery, love, sharing through sports, community, action, doing and teaching his sons. The Gugino pride, that was not false, but very true, that was born of all I have spoken of and more. Thank you indeed so much Jim, Karen, Jeff, Joe and Lenny for your love and kindness to me and my family. It takes a bigger man, one bigger than himself, to take on and support another family, and Jim was that bigger man of heart and soul. It saddens me to hear this news, yet the joy of reminiscing over powers the tears I now have writing this. You know you have been touched by someone when both are evoked simultaneously. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Jim for I will always carry, and have always carried these memories, the many things you taught and shared with me, and joy of spending that winter in Lock Haven with the Gugino's. Peace be with you all!!! From the bottom of my heart a great love and thanks..........ward

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