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Who Guido D'Amico
What Guido D'Amico, The Italian Cowboy
When May 1, 2008
Where Villeneuve, AB

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 happy years.

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 wfch@telusplanet.net (Subject: DAmico) Wilson's Funeral Chapel & Crematorium serving Central Alberta with locations in Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of arrangements.

Edmonton Journal


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