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Guzinski, Thomas

February 23rd, 2010
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Thomas A. Guzinski, age 49, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, following a brief and courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Amesbury, MA, on December 23, 1960, Thomas was the dear son of Jeannine (St. Germain) and the late Thomas S. Guzinski of Florida formerly of Hampton, New Hampshire. Thomas grew up in Hampton, New Hampshire and was a graduate of Winnacunnet Regional High School, he continued his education and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from University of New Hampshire.

Tom married Lynne S. Smith on September 3, 1983 and moved to Wilmington, MA.

Tom was a self-employed contractor and the founder of JJ Thomas Construction Company. Tom was a very talented builder and well respected around his profession.

Tom was also very involved with Wilmington Youth Sports, he coached basketball and girls soccer, as well as serving on several of the boards. Tom especially enjoyed the girls soccer teams, bringing them to several championships. Tom was very well respected by his girls on and off the field and he was a mentor to many of them.

Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, and most recently he took up golfing, but nothing compared to how much Tom loved spending time with his family, extended family, and friends. He was loving and supportive of everything his children were involved in and he cherished all his nieces and nephews.

Tom will be fondly remembered as a wonderful husband and father, a terrific coach, and a true friend. He loved to make people laugh and feel good about themselves, he was dependable and was always doing for others. Tom touched the hearts of many people around him and he will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Tom was the beloved husband of Lynne S. (Smith), devoted father of Joel and Jillian Guzinski all of Wilmington, dear brother of Steven Guzinski & his wife Kim of Ventura, CA, Michael Guzinski & his wife Patricia of Blackstone, MA, Diane Potvin & her husband Gary of Raymond, ME, and Suzanne Ikeno & her husband Don of London, Ontario, Canada, cherished uncle of Riye & Michael Ikeno, Patrick & Brittany Schofield, Jacqueline Potvin, Jason & Dean Smith, Ian & Eric Worden, Nicole & Katarina Guzinski, and great-nephew Lucas Rosen, loving son-in-law of Bette J. and the late Arthur R. Smith, Jr. of Wilmington, brother-in-law of Mark & Patricia Smith of Andover, Lisa Smith of Westbrook, ME, Leane Schofield and Lauren Smith both of Wilmington, and Gregg Smith of LaJolla, CA. Tom is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, dear friends, and newest family member Maxine, his English bull dog.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, February 28th from 3-7 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. His Funeral Service will take place on Monday, March 1st at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington. Interment Wildwood Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Tom’s name may be made to Hallmark Health Cancer Center, c/o Development Office, 585 Lebanon St., Melrose, MA 02176.

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32 Entries in Guest Book for “Guzinski, Thomas”

  1. Kate Leduc says:

    Dear Jill,
    I am so sad for your loss. I remember your Dad as such a wonderful family man who adored his girl. Please know my prayers are with you and your family right now.
    Kate Leduc

  2. RobinTheodos & JohnWallace says:

    Our deepest and most sincere sympathy to Jill and Family. Bless you all in your great loss.
    With Love,
    Robin & John

  3. Ted and Cindy Morang says:

    Our sympathies go out to the Guzinski and Smith families during this difficult time.

  4. Larry Holak says:

    I am Tom’s cousin. My deepest sympathy to his wife and children. I know what a wonderful person Tom was and what a great loss this must be for you.
    To my dear Aunt Jeannine, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. I’m going to talk to the Big Guy every night and ask him to take good care of you during this difficult time.

  5. The Deschenes Family says:

    To the Guzinski and Smith Families,
    What a beautiful testimonial to a life well lived. Our deepest sympathies to your families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    David, Carolyn and Thomas Deschenes

  6. Nancy Luciano says:

    Lynne, Joel & Jillian: He truly was a wonderful man. He will never be forgotten by any of us.

    Thank you Tom for being such a wonderful friend to Joe. You will be missed.

    Nancy, Al, Joe & Christina

  7. Dean Loomis says:

    Lynne,

    My deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. God bless you and your children, Smitty.
    Dean Loomis

  8. Pauline Macey says:

    Dear Jeannine and family So very sorry for your great loss. My thoughts are with you all. Love cousin Pauline

  9. Dominic and Agnes Fiumara says:

    We remember Tom as a true gentleman always offering a friendly greeting and smile. Our sincerest sympathy to his family.

    Dominic and Agnes Fiumara and family.

  10. Cynthia (Smallidge) Morrissey says:

    Dear Lynne and Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    Cindy (Smallidge) Morrissey

  11. John leaden says:

    Great man great friend.
    Will miss him greatly.

  12. Lisa Tullis says:

    Dear Jill,

    I was so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.

    Lisa Tullis

  13. Tim Karatzas says:

    Tom will be missed more than I could even express. He touched and shaped my life more than I think he knew. My heart goes out to Jeannine and family and Lynne, Joel and Jillian and family. Tom was the big brother of all the old neighborhood kids and we were lucky to have him. He was one of the best people I knew and he’ll be sorely missed.

  14. Larry, Diane and Ashley says:

    Dear Lynne, Joel, Jillian and Bette

    Our hearts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. We can’t begin to say how much we will miss Tom at our football games at our house. We always looked forward to all the good times and talks we had. Ashley was very lucky to have Tom working with her in the net over the years and we thank him for that. He will always be in our hearts.

    Love from The Poirier’s

  15. Cindy Kozacka says:

    I loved him dearly and my heart goes out to the many people who will miss him.

  16. Scott Gray says:

    GAZOO!!

    Thank you for molding me into who I am today…and most of all thank you for being the big brother!! You truly meant the world to us. Your spirit, influence, and humor will always be a cornerstone in my life. Jeannine, Sue, Dianne, Steve, and Mike my heart goes out to all of you and your family. Lynne, Joel, and Jillian my heart goes out to you and your family. Most importantly Thank you Tommy…for being Tommy!! I miss you Gazoo!!

  17. Angela Conforti says:

    God saw he was getting tired,
    And a cure was not to be;
    So He put His arms around him,
    And whispered, “Come with me.”
    With tearful eyes we watched him suffer,
    And saw him fade away;
    Although we loved him dearly,
    We could not make him stay.
    A golden heart stopped beating,
    Hard-working hands to rest;
    God broke our hearts to prove to us,
    He only takes the best.

    Joel & family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Remember – while his face may have faded from your view, his love for you will never fade away.

  18. Ross Malcolm says:

    Sorry for your loss. Keep him in your heart and in your memories.

  19. Judy Takashima says:

    My thoughts go out to all of you. A beautiful memory will be with you always.

    Love, Judy Takashima
    (Kim Guzinski’s Mother)

  20. Jeff Sicard says:

    My sympathy to the family. I was a friend and classmate of Tom’s in high school. Although our paths have not crossed in over 30 years, I remember him as a kind and considerate person. Someone you could trust and count on. Obviously he maintained those positive traits through his adult life and greatly enriched the lives of those around him. I’m not surprised….

  21. Glenn T. Raitt says:

    I’m am sorry for your loss may the kind words left here be a memory of a person who has touched our lives in different ways. May he rest easy.

    Blessings
    Glenn T. Raitt

  22. Tina Dodge says:

    Tom and I both attended Winnacunnet HS, and I was a good friend of his sisters Diane and Su. I loved his entire family! Tom was a wonderful, courageous and good good soul. My deepest sympathies to the Guzinski and Smith family members. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  23. Penny Gray says:

    I watched Tom grow up to be one of the finest young men I know. It was a pleasure to have the Guzinski children as our neighbors . Tom was a great inspiration to my sons, Shean and Scott. I will miss him but he will never leave my heart. Jeannine and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you and to Tom’s wife and children. God Bless.

  24. Susan and Karla Ellis says:

    Dear Lynne, Joel and Jill,

    Words can not describe the feelings we have for Tom. He was a wonderful inspiration to Karla that she will keep in her heart forever. The wonderful times we had together during soccer will never be forgotten. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

    Love, Susan and Karla

  25. Evan Karatzas says:

    What’s been said here by Tim, Scott and others is so true. Tom really was the big brother to all of us. He was such a great role model and really made our collection of homes feel like a neighborhood. I was youngest on the block and Tom was the oldest and he always made me feel welcomed with the rest of the pack and gave me the confidence to be myself. He also introduced the word “dude” to my vocabulary – very important. :o )

    Tom had a heart of gold and lit up the room like few others I know. He’ll really be missed. Our thoughts go out to his family and to all who were lucky enough to be his friend.

    Rest in peace dude.

  26. Elaine Puorro says:

    I am Tom’s cousin……everyone who knows him, knows his heart is FULL of love and sweet kindness. Aunt Jeanine, Su, Diane, Stephen and Michael……you are in our hearts every minute of every day. Tom was, and in my mind still is, a bright light shining on the Earth, warming all of our hearts. Joel and Jillian…..I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you have a ton of memories to guide you through life.
    Rest in Peace, Dear Tom.

  27. Diane Potvin says:

    This entry is the best way I know how to honor Tom’s memory. Each of Tom’s 2 brothers and 2 sisters were honored to speak at his funeral service. My husband, Gary, and Eric Porter also touched our hearts with their words. I’m still in shock, but my heart goes out to Joel, Jilly and Lynne.

    I’m Gary’s wife, Diane, as well as Tom’s “Sister # 2

    My little brother Tommy brought a lot of excitement into my life. As a child, he was King of the neighborhood and, ultimately, a life long friend and mentor. He liked to swim in the puddle on the side of the road when it rained. He was fearless and sometimes, that was a little scary. He had more trips than any of us to the Emergency Room for stitches. I could usually outrun him, but occasionally he hit THE bull’s eye; like the tomato to my forehead from ½ a football field away.
    Tom and I developed a special friendship during our time together at UNH. That’s when I enjoyed his humor, love and companionship on a daily basis. We shared friends with each other, with Tommy acting like a protective big brother. Every guy in his “Animal House” dorm knew that they had to treat “Tom’s sister” with a special level of respect. I had the privilege of sharing in some of Tommy’s greatest adventures, including our success in starting “snow ball wars” in the Quad, during his freshman year.
    Tom loved to laugh. Our daughter, Jackie looked forward to cuddling with her Uncle Tom and watching ”Funniest Home Videos. “ with him. I had the privilege of spending more time with Tom, because of his friendship with my husband, Gary. In addition to their fishing and hunting outings, we enjoyed many days on our boat, where our families could relax and enjoy each other
    My in-laws adopted Tom as their own. In fact, when I brought our Mom up to the Potvin Farm a couple of years ago, Gary’s Dad, Pete, announced that “Tom’s Mom” had arrived. (I refrained from reminding him that she was my mother, too.) Tom made a special effort to be supportive of Gary’s Mom when Pete passed away last Easter. Even before Tom’s illness, I couldn’t visit the Farm without them asking if I had talked to Tom lately.
    Our Mom and Dad carefully and patiently raised Tom to become an outstanding man. My Mom volunteered as a Catechism teacher and ensured that the kids understood that God’s love is a gift to each of them and not something they have to earn by following a set of rules. She made sure that they understood that all they had to do was open their hearts to Him. Tom actively lived the commandment of, “Honor thy Mother and Father”. He was fiercely protective of our Mother and didn’t hesitate to share any concerns he had about her wellbeing. I was sometimes a recipient of Tom’s concerns.
    He was passionately proud of Joel and Jilly. He loved them dearly, while actively preparing them to leave the nest and live their own lives. It was clear that he worked to instill in them the same sense of family as he held. I believe that Tom had an inner sense of God’s love for him, just as he always knew that our Mom and Dad loved him unconditionally. I didn’t expect to lose him so quickly, and pray that we can all lean on God’s comfort and courage in knowing that Tom is in God’s arms, with Grampy, Arthur and Pete.

  28. Gary Potvin says:

    Tom Guzinski may have been my brother-in-law, but “Tommy” was my best friend. He was a man with dedication and loyalty to family like no one else I have ever met. Tom’s family was all inclusive – he had his immediate family, his work family, and his soccer, fishing, and hunting families. He found time to love them all.
    Tom was a talented carpenter and with his attention to detail, everything always came out right. “Attention to Detail” – we could all have a little fun now and then with that particular trait of his. WHEN DIANE AND I WERE IN SEARCH FOR A FIREPLACE MANTEL WITH NO SUCCESS IN TWO YEARS, TOM SAID LET ME DO ONE, IT WILL BE FUN. I FOUND A HAND HEWN BEAM FROM AN ANTIQUE SHOP ON THE COAST OF MAINE AND HE BEGAN TO WORK ON IT. HE HAD 8 HOURS LABOR ON IT AND was DOING WELL. MY NEIGHBOR PULLS UP AND SAYS TOM WHAT ARE YOU DOING. HE SAID, IM TRYING TO TURN THIS EXPLETIVE PIECE OF WOOD INTO A MANTEL. MY NEIGHBOR SAID THAT’S TOO BAD. I HAVE A DOUGLAS FIR BEAM THAT CAME OUT OF A BUILDING THAT WAS BUILT IN THE 1600’S AT MY HOUSE. TOM SAY’S CAN I SEE IT, SO MY NEIGHBOR WENT AND GOT IT. THIS BEAM LOOKED LIKE CRAP TO ME; IT WAS GRAY AND OLD AND DENTED. TOM TOOK ONE LOOK AT IT, AND THEN TOOK THE BEAM THAT HE SPENT 8 HOURS ON AND THREW IT AWAY. HE TURNED TO ME AND SAID, NOW THIS IS WHAT I CALL A PIECE OF WOOD.
    NOW I DON’T NEED TO TELL ANYONE HERE WHAT THAT MANTEL LOOKS LIKE, BECAUSE BEING HERE YOU KNOW TOM, AND YOU KNOW PERFECTION WAS THE END RESULT OF ALL HIS PROJECTS.
    TOM DEMONSTRATED love and daily dedication to HIS WIFE LYNNE IN A WAY THAT I ADMIRED. His children, Joel and Jillian, were the center of his world. WITH them HE HAD PATIENCE WITH ALL THE BIG STUFF AND TRUTH BE TOLD A SHORT FUSE WITH THE SMALL STUFF.
    TOM Loved and admired his Mother for her caring spirit. Mom can put others first, sometimes to a fault. While Tom loved his Dad, he was quite protective of “his” mom. TOM WAS LARGER THAN LIFE AND LOVED BEING STEVE AND MIKE’S BIG BROTHER. HE WAS VERY PROTECTIVE OF HIS OLDER SISTERS. NOW HE COULD SAY THINGS ABOUT THEM BUT NO ONE OUTSIDE THE inner CIRCLE BETTER SAY ANYTHING. HE WAS THE FUN UNCLE THAT MADE ALL THE NIECES AND NEPHEWS LAUGH AND DO FOOLISH STUFF.
    NOW THAT LEADS US TO TOMMY; MY BEST FRIEND. When Diane introduced me to him, we quickly became kindred spirits. WHEN I WAS WITH TOMMY WE BOTH BECAME TEN YEARS OLD. WE WOULD PADDLE AROUND THE COVE ON SEBAGO AND PRETEND WE WERE EXPLORERS IN SOME REMOTE LOCATION I N SEARCH OF THE ELUSIVE LARGE MOUTH BASS. THEY sometimes WOULD ATTACK US SO WE HAD TO PADDLE OUT OF THE AREA AND SNEAK UP ON THEM AGAIN to CATCH THEM, BECAUSE THE BASS WERE NO MATCH FOR THE TWO GREATEST FISHERMEN IN THE WORLD. He loved to make up strange games while we fished and he liked to have themes for our trips, like “Arnold Schwarzenegger” weekend when he would talk like “Ahnald” all weekend. Then there were the “Sammy Davis”, “Frank Sinatra”, “Jacques Cousteau”, and “Marvin the Martian” weekends, and so many more. I KNOW I WILL STILL CATCH FISH BUT IT SURE WON’T EVER BE AS MUCH FUN. I KNOW COME ICE OUT MY BEST FRIEND WILL NOT BE DOWN AT THE DOCK. He will be fishing with our dads and friends that passed on before him. I find comfort in knowing when it comes time to retire my fishing pole, my best friend Tommy will be there to greet me.

  29. Su Ikeno says:

    I remember Tommy best as a young boy.

    He used to sit on my foot, clamp himself around my leg and proceed to chew, making the term “ankle biter” a reality.

    He once thought it would be a good idea to use a safety pin to fasten a towel around his neck and propel himself from a tree in the back yard, to see if he could fly like Superman. It was a relatively small tree. The safety pin was a bad idea.

    I also remember a time when the upstairs bathroom was out of toilet paper. Tommy KNEW HOW to improvise.

    He once wrote in red sharpie on the side of the house, “Suzie Guzinski loves David Vaughn”‘ When my son Michael was 2 years old, he found what seemed to be that SAME red sharpie and drew a bright red line 2 feet from the floor…..across the couch, across the drapes, across the TV cabinet, across the grey brick fireplace, the unfinished pine desk, the french doors and back to the couch. My brother also used to like to write his name on everything…i remember a beige linen lamp shade in the den with T O M M Y printed across the front of it. I started to get scared when I lifted a placemat from the kitchen table and found M I K E carved into the pine. I felt a very real sense of deja vu. I had been given an extraordinary gift AND realized that I was in alot of trouble. My own son had, “The Tommy Gene”.

    On one sunny winters’ day, the rest of the family was in our big green station wagon, awaiting another one of our wild adventures. I was the last to leave the house. I had clogs on my feet for shoes. I put my 2 feet out the door and fell on some ice, leaving only my red and white stripped socks hanging out. Tommy rolled down his window and yelled, “She’s melting, m-e-l-t-i-n-g…” like the wicked witches from the Wizard of Oz.

    Riye got to watch her Uncle Tom in action a few years ago at Grampy’s Celebration of Life. When a party crasher, who Jillian so aptly and LOUDLY nicknamed “Grizzly Adams”, made his presence known, instead of confronting him, her Uncle Tom seemed to make the young man his best friend. Choose your battles wisely Riye…choose your battles wisely.

    In the last couple of months, Tom and I have had several conversations about illness and the powers that be, in heaven. He knew that there were loved ones waiting to show him “the way” and that many new adventures were awaiting him. I am sure he is creating SOME excitement up there. (And he may have had something to do with those bizarre closing ceremonies last night.)

    I am comforted in the fact that the earth now has another angel…a warrior for God…looking out for our welfare.

  30. Steven Guzinski says:

    Tom is my big brother, and my oldest friend. The joys I had growing up with him are many. Playing baseball (he taught me how to hit and catch), GOING SWIMMING, CAMPING OR fishing. Tommy showed me how to tie a hook, and no matter how MANY times I tangled my line or lost my bait he was always there to help. Tom would organize games of hide and seek and similar games with the kids in our neighborhood. Everything he was involved with he approached with great enthusiasm and he made it fun. He loved building snow forts AND tree houses. Tom took joy from an early age in building things AND swinging a hammer. My father loved to tell the story of Tom as a FIVE year old child, pounding a 5 pound box of nails into a tree in our back yard. He always liked to stay busy.

    As we got older we would also enjoy trips to the gun club and hunting. Tom had a great sense of humor. He loved telling funny stories AND watching comedies. One of our favorites was the three stooges. WHEN A NEW 3 STOOGES EPISODE STARTED, HE AND I would think the same thing, “I hope this one has Curly in it”. Although I moved out to California when I graduated from college (over 23 years ago), I always stayed in touch with Tom. He was always there for me on the other end of the phone, always ready to listen and be my Big Brother. I can’t think of anyone better than Tom at staying in touch. He always had his cell phone on him. Every time the Red Sox or Patriots were in the playoffs, we would call each other during the game, which was great, except during the seventh game of the Red sox 2004 Championship series against the Yankees, WHEN Tom called and started to leave a message that Johnny Damon hit a grand slam. I remember running to the phone, and pleading with him to stop, because I was watching the game on TiVo and I was a half hour behind. He told me anyway. When I would visit from California, Tom would always drop whatever he was doing to make time to visit with me. We would also coordinate trips to Florida to see mom and dad, and trips to Maine to go fishing.

    Shortly AFTER Tom was given his diagnosis, he bravely told me that he lived a full and happy life and how very proud he was of JOEL AND JILLY. I am proud to have him as my brother and will miss him dearly.

  31. Diane Potvin says:

    Tom’s good friend, Eric Porter, composed this poem and shared it with all of us at Tom’s church service. Eric kindly sent it along at my request.

    “Remember When” A Tribute to Tom Guzinski

    When I think of Tom it will have to be
    Remember when you see.
    Because memories are all we have
    When loved ones suddenly leave.

    When the shock subsides and the busyness slows
    And time goes slowly by
    Let’s all think back and remember when
    Our Tom was quite a guy.

    A son, a brother, a husband, a father,
    A friend to all he knew.
    An engaging smile, a hearty laugh, a personality
    that was matched by few.

    Tom took on life with a relentless pursuit
    of the enjoyment that might be found.
    No matter what the occasion that called you together
    It was better when Tom was around.

    There were games to be coached, fish to be caught
    and golf balls to be hit and steered.
    And if you’d fallen short or made a mistake
    Tom was there with encouragement and cheer.

    When it came to his work it was plain to see
    That Tom would make sure it was right.
    His perfection unmatched, his integrity unchallenged,
    He’d finish the job day or night.

    If you wanted to find Tom the first place to check
    was at home with his wife and his kids.
    He built it with love and made sure it was a place
    to be comfortable in all that they did.

    He’s left us now our good friend Tom
    that guy with the special smile.
    Who made everyone better just by being around
    And hanging out for awhile.

    So let’s remember when if we’re feeling low
    because we miss him so much we could cry.
    And think of all the joy that he brought us our Tom
    Who was really quite a guy.

    Eric Porter 3/1/2010

  32. Bill Gately says:

    Lynne,

    I just became aware of your loss and after reading some of the posting can understand a bit of the magnitude the loss is for you and your family. My heart felt condolences. I wish you the best of memories to help console.

    Bill

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