Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tony LoGuidice, former SWCS teacher, coach dies

JAMESTOWN, NY - I received notice from Sue Siecker Saullo this week that Tony LoGuidice - MR. LoGuidice to the SWCS Class of '66 when we were in the 7th and 8th grades - has died.

My fuzzy recollection of Mr. LoGuidice was learning some math from him and being quite intimidated by his teaching style.

One episode sticks out, too.

One afternoon a group of us had smuggled in squirt guns into class. It didn't take him long to confiscate all the squirt guns. But one student - who seemed a year or two older, he certainly was bigger - didn't want to hand his gun over. So Mr. LoGuidice squirted him in the face.

The student - whose name might have been Larry Cramer or Kramer - stood up and even in 7th grade was taller and stronger looking than Mr. LoGuidice. I had never seen teacher backed up by a student before that. But Mr. LoGuidice talked the student out of taking a swing.

Here's Mr. LoGuidice's full obituary from the Jamestown Post-Journal:


Anthony P. LoGuidice, 76, of 8 Fairfield Ave., Jamestown, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in WCA Hospital, surrounded by his family.
He was born Nov. 21, 1936, in Dunkirk, N.Y., the son of the late Anthony and Jennie Arrigo LoGuidice.
He served in the National Guard and received his master's degree from Fredonia State. For 33 years, he taught science and coached football at Southwestern Central High School prior to his retirement. For several years, he was a member of the Jamestown City Council serving as a member of the Housing Authority and Urban Renewal Strategic Planning Commission. 

He was in-volved in property rehabilitation and the building of the new DPW
mechanics building on Steele Street. Anthony was a communicant of Holy Apostles Par-ish, St. John Catholic Church, a member of Liberty AC Club and a prominent member of REIA.

He enjoyed golf, gardening, hunting, fishing, his beloved dog, Bailey, and he was a huge fan of the Buffalo Bills. His family meant everything to him and time spent with them was very special.
Surviving are his wife, Theresa Fiorella LoGuidice, whom he married Aug. 29, 1959; two daughters: Gina (Tom) Gazdak and Toni (Roger) Sigular, both of Jamestown; eight grandchildren: Corey (Dan) Brown, Jacob Sigular, Ha-ley Sigular, Anne Greggs, Jillian Gazdak, Hannah Gazdak, Devon Gazdak and Dylan Gazdak; one great-grandson, Luke Ernest; a brother, Richard (Arlene) LoGuidice of Rochester, N.Y.; a sister, Nancy (Judd) Niebel of Sheridan, N.Y.; a nephew, who was like a son, James Blomquist; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in Holy Apostles Parish St. John Catholic Church. The Rev. William Barrett will be celebrant.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in the Lind Funeral Home, where a Christian Wake Service will be led by Deacon Samuel Pellerito at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Entombment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Mausoleum.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave, Lakewood, NY 14750; or the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing Center, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Anthony at www.lindfuneral home. com.