After a brief stay at the Westlock Continuing Care Centre, Mr. Guido D'Amico
of Villeneuve, formerly of Legal, Nordegg, Calgary, Eckville, Rocky Mountain House,
passed away in the Westlock Hospital May 1, 2008 at the age of 90 years.
Guido was born in Fernie, B.C. February 12, 1918 to George and Felicia D'Amico and
moved to Nordegg while still an infant. He was raised in Nordegg and upon completion
of his education went to work in the coal mine under the tutelage of his father where
he became an accomplished timberman and Class 1 miner.
Growing up he had a passion for music and later became a recording artist. He also
loved hunting, fishing and horseback riding.
Guido was united in marriage to Frances Black in Calgary in 1942 and quickly started
a family in Nordegg. When the mines closed, the family moved to Calgary in 1954,
where Guido went to work for the Coca-Cola company for 10 years. In 1964, Guido
along with his brother Zupito and brother-in-law Robert Duncan, purchased the Eckville Hotel.
He then moved his family to Eckville and they operated the hotel successfully for 10 years.
After selling the hotel they resided on an acreage just outside of Eckville. Upon the
passing of his wife Frankie in 1982 he moved to Rocky Mountain House where he
resumed his singing career by forming the band Shunda with Ed, Albert, Butch Owchar
and Phil Liska. Their music was enjoyed across the central Alberta area for many years.
While living in Rocky, Guido met his special friend Jean Oastrom, with whom he shared many
Guido was predeceased by his wife Frankie, his father George, his mother Felicia,
brother Rudolfo, sisters Elvira, and Serena, three brothers-in-law Tom, Albert, Robert,
one sister-in-law Lois.
Guido is survived by his sons Jimmy of Red Deer, Wayne (Dianne) of Edmonton, George
and Gavin of Rocky, Guy (Bonnie) of Medicine Hat, his daughter Marion (Bob) Heck
of Legal, Alberta, his special friend Jean and family, 13 grandchildren, 11 great
grandchildren, brother Zupi (Metha) and sister Maggie, plus numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Guido's life will be held at the Benalto Elks Hall at
Benalto at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday May 7, 2008. In lieu of flowers, memorial
tributes may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Alberta, 10531 Kingsway Avenue,
Edmonton, AB T5H 4K1.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: DAmico)
Wilson's Funeral Chapel & Crematorium serving Central Alberta with locations
in Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of arrangements.