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Richard Joseph Guccini

August 27, 1942 May 19, 2018
Richard Joseph Guccini
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Richard Joseph Guccini was born August 27, 1942 to Bruno and Kate Guccini. He attended Royal Oak Schools and graduated from Royal Oak Dondero in 1962. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy a few months after graduation. He was in the Navy four years and was honorably discharged in September 1966

He was aboard the Wallace L. Lind, a destroyer, for over half his enlistment time. One of his best experiences while aboard the Lind was during one of their Mediterranean Cruises and the ship was going to be in Naples, Italy for a few days. It was the Christmas season and the Captain said anyone who had family in Italy could take leave time to be with them at Christmas. Richard had a letter from his Aunt Violet in Illinois introducing him to their relatives in Imperia, Italy. He was granted leave and boarded a train to spend Christmas in Imperia. He was the first relative from America to visit his mother’s family and they were thrilled. It was a life changing experience for him.

Richard was a proud American Italian and he celebrated his Italian heritage. In 1996 Richard and his wife Jean went to Italy and his family there felt he was returning home. He and Jean made three more trips, the most recent one in May 2017. That trip included their daughter Lisa and grandchildren Angelina and Dominic. It was one of his happiest moments to spend time in Italy with them and his Italian family.

Richard and Jean were married June 5, 1965 at St. James Church in Ferndale. Jean moved to Norfolk Virginia with Richard where he was stationed aboard the Wallace L. Lind. They lived there until he was discharged in September 1966 and then returned to Michigan.

They had two daughters. Gina, was born in November 1967 and Lisa was born February 1969. In 1971 they bought a house in Royal Oak and still live there.

For most of his adult life Richard worked as a printer. He retired from Oakland County in 2002.

Richard rarely sat still. His interests were varied and many. He loved planting a garden, attending estate sales, fishing, collecting Coca Cola memorabilia, participating in Snowman cam and having his own printing business . He enjoyed good food, especially Italian. Mangia, Mangia he would say often. He made friends everywhere and could talk to anyone. He maintained friendships with people he attended Royal Oak schools with as far back as grade school.

Richard is survived by his wife, Jean, daughter Gina Guccini (Michael Driver) , daughter Lisa (Joe) Morelli and his grandchildren, Angelina and Dominic Morelli. He was the proudest Nonno, their biggest cheerleader no matter what activity they were involved in and loved them more than words can describe. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Pat Guccini, nephew , Bryan Guccini, niece, Jill (Rajko) Bjelica , great nieces, Maria and Natalie Bjelica, and Michael Chicalas who Richard and Jean call their “adopted son”.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Bruno and Kate Guccini and his brother Tom Guccini .

Richard loved life, his family and friends. He will certainly live on in the hearts of everyone he touched.

Visitation will be at Edward Korkoian Funeral Home, 836 N. Main St, Royal Oak on Tuesday, May, 22 from 3-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Services will be on Wednesday, May 23 at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish, formerly known as St. James., 241 Pearson St., Ferndale. He will lie in state at the church at 9:30, followed by Mass at 10:00.

Snowmancam was one Richard’s greatest joys. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Feed the Wildlife in his name would be appreciated. The website is and then click on Feed the Wildlife towards the top of the page. Jump to Toolbar

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