- Frank Guarino
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Memories of Frank Guarino
Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and brother-in-law Frank Edward Guarino, 54, left us suddenly and much too soon early on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. Words cannot begin to express how huge the loss is for his family, his work and his community.
Born in Royal Oak, Mich., Frank moved to California after college on a one-way ticket and with only a backpack. He managed to get a job four hours after he landed. He met the love of his life and was smitten immediately. When told by people that he was nuts to marry someone with four kids, he always answered, "The woman I love happens to have four kids and it all works out."
Frank and his family moved to Half Moon Bay in 1989. Frank coached Half Moon Bay Little League baseball and cheered on many years of Half Moon Bay High School football teams.
Frank loved his family so much and especially loved the time he was able to spend with his children and his six grandchildren. He loved the spontaneous weekend trips he and Susan took to Santa Cruz, Napa, Monterey, Marin and other day trip destinations, particularly if it involved wine tasting.
Frank loved all sports, but football was the season he greatly anticipated each fall. A die-hard Detroit Lions fan, he hoped against hope each season that one day they would win it all. Being a Lions fan is not for the faint of heart. Fortunately, the other Detroit and Michigan sports teams had more successful seasons, and he cheered on the Wolverines, Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings to championships.
Frank worked for many years at Nurserymen's Exchange and for the past seven years he worked as a community facilitator for Hope Services, working with mentally disabled adults. There wasn't a day that Frank didn't love to get up and go to work. He loved his clients and helping them negotiate life's daily challenges and triumphs.
Frank touched so many lives in so many ways throughout his life. He would stop and help anyone he thought was distressed, lost or in need of assistance. He never closed a door to anyone and never, ever held a grudge. He always kept it positive and always, always had a great story to tell.
Frank leaves behind his wife, Susan; son Alexander Porter and his fiancee, Giovanna Fabiani; daughter Amanda Stewart-Lahey and her husband, Shawn, and their children, Edward, Leila, Charlotte and Oliver; son Adrian Stewart and his daughter Brenna; and son Andrew Stewart and his daughter Isabel. His parents, Carmine and Rosemary, predeceased him. He is also survived by his sisters, Christina and Roseanna, and by brothers Bill, John, Carmine, Marty and Joe. Sisters-in-law include Debra, Cathleen, Michelle, Judith, Trish, Sandy, Sherrie, and Patti and his brothers-in-law were Bob, Tom, John, Alan and Marv. He also had many cousins, nieces and nephews, his wonderful clients at Hope Services, his beloved dog, Altie, and so many friends.
A celebration of Frank's life will held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in the small hall at the I.D.E.S. Hall on Main Street in Half Moon Bay. In keeping with his love for good times and good company, please feel free to wear a colorful shirt and share your best memories of Frank with one another. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to these organizations that were near and dear to Frank: The Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside, Peninsula Humane Society, Elkus Ranch and Hope Services