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Jerome (Jerry) L. Guida, age 96, of Cambridge, MA, passed away August 21, 2021, at Mt. Auburn Hospital after a brief illness.  Jerry was born on April 25, 1925 in Vieste, Italy.  He immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 4 months and eventually settled in Cambridge, MA with his mother Giovannina Sicuro Guida, his father Leonardo Onorio Guida, and his older brother Louis (Lou) Guida.

Jerry was a lifelong Cantabrigian. He left Cambridge Latin High School in 1943 to serve in WWII, following his brother Lou into the service.  He was in the US Army 79th Division receiving a Bronze Star, Silver Star, two Purple Hearts and the French Cross. A few months after returning from the war, he met Anna A Santos, the couple married on September 14, 1947.  Early in his career, Jerry worked at Jay Shoe company where he was a leather buyer. After the company moved to Maine, Jerry joined the Postal Service where he worked for 28 years and retired as a regional manager in 1985. He loved each of the neighborhood post offices he served, but most especially the one in the North End.  Jerry was always bringing home fresh bread and produce from Haymarket square which reminded him of his Saturday trips to the North End with his father.  In his free time, Jerry enjoyed penny poker, dances, gardening, trains, playing the lottery and being an Usher at the Saturday 5pm Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church.  Jerry was awarded his high school degree in 2000 at “Greatest Generation” ceremony by Tom Brokaw at the Cambridge High and Latin school. 

Jerry is predeceased by his parents Giovannina Sicuro Guida and Leonardo Onorio Guida and his brother Louis Guida and his wife Rose.  He is survived by his wife of almost 74 years Anna Guida of Cambridge, MA, daughter Jo-Anne Rogers and her husband Dennis of Lynnfield, MA, granddaughter Elizabeth Rogers of Cambridge, MA, son Len Guida, his wife Miwa Watkins and their son William Clouse of Brookline, MA, his sister-in-law Elaine Santos of Cambridge, MA, brother-in-law Robert Santos and his wife Elaine of Mendham, NJ, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral was private.  A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Details to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jerry’s name to the Mt. Auburn Hospital Patient Fund, C/O Dr. Carolyn Lamb, 330 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA  02138.

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# Diane Santos Pelton 2021-09-01 17:25
He will be miss.remember all those days when he and Anna came down to my parents hose for cookout every Sunday, plus them playing cards.
Love you Uncle Jerry and will miss you, say Hi to my parents and brother Tommy
# Nick Mammola 2021-09-01 23:07
To the Guida family - My condolences and that of my family as we extend our sincere hope and prayers that your love, memories and faith provide you the strength and comfort for your loss. We are saddened for your loss.
In our days there, East Cambridge was a very tight knit community. Jerry was kind, helpful to and liked by all. A true gentleman.

- Nick Mammola
# Jack Fischer 2021-09-01 23:21
What an amazing man - he was always the brightest light in the room - making everyone smile in his humility and pure charm. I was so lucky to have chosen the 5pm mass at St. Francis to learn about Catholicism, and found not only my faith, but a lifelong mentor and dear friends in his amazing family. Thank you to the Guida family, especially Anna, for sharing this incredible man with the world. He made it better and will be so terribly missed.
# Al Pacheco 2021-09-05 12:23
Jerry what can I say I will miss when you would go on your walks and stop in the store and chat about sports and anything else because you knew a little bit about every subject.It was a joy talking to you all these 30 + years. A real gentleman and I will miss you. Take care my friend , my good buddy. Ann take care of yourself. Al Pacheco
# MaryAnn Donofrio 2021-09-05 13:22
So sorry to hear about Jerry. He was a great man. Always had a HI for you when he saw you. Will always remember him in curch and walking the neighborhood. Really a family man. Rest in peace Jerry you will be missed
# Stephen A Robeson-Mi 2021-09-21 00:36
Dear Ann,
I just learned the news of Jerry's passing, and hasten to write to tell you that you are and will be very much in my thoughts and prayers.
I feel so privileged to have known Jerry. He adored you. He was always such an "upbeat" person and greatly loved. I will always remember him as a dear friend.
Stephen (Robeson-Miller); I used to live at 428A Cambridge Street until three years ago when I moved to Connecticut.

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