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James Anthony Guglielmino

May 30, 1944 ~ June 20, 2022 (age 78)

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“Jim” as many would call him, was a loving Father, Grandfather, Papa, Brother, Companion, and Friend.

He passed away on June 20th, 2022, at 2:40pm in Burbank, CA. He was 78yrs old.

He is survived by his 3 children, Danielle, Anthony, & Justin, sister Diana, longtime partner Debbie, stepdaughter Michelle, and 6 Grandchildren: Isabella, Sophia, Brooke, Briana, Kaitlyn, & Matthew.

As a father, he was just a phone call away and was always there when needed. He had the perfect way of explaining things and always making them better. He supported us in anything we wanted to do. He would give us his thoughts, but never discouraged us or tried to get us to change our minds. He was truly the Greatest!

He was born May 30th, 1944, in Los Angeles, CA to Tony and Elma Guglielmino. 

A simple man, he enjoyed doing the Sunday crossword, putting together 1500+ piece puzzles, barbequing, listening to oldies, relaxing on the porch or in the backyard, with his Aluminum Soldiers (A.K.A. Coors Light) and occasionally doing home Karaoke; his favorite artist to cover was Elvis. He was an avid collector of many things, his most treasured, his diecast soldiers. 

He enjoyed following local, college, & pro sports, and was a Huge Rams fan in his 20s’ & 30s'… so he was especially happy seeing them win the Super Bowl earlier this year.

A hard worker his whole life, determined to always have a job… he had many throughout the years…  from Aluminum manufacturing, the Army, Computers, Gas and Electric, a few odd jobs in between (as he would describe them with a smile & laughter), to Security for Aerospace’s Lockheed Martin until eventually retiring in 2011 from his then last job, as a government contractor at NASA’s JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) having worked there 19 years.

A military man at heart, he joined the Army at the age of 20 and would go onto spend a combined 23 years in the service; 3 years active duty and 20 years in the California National Guard. He was an MP and earned the rank of Sergeant in the army as well as the National Guard. He was deeply admired as a great leader; and was known as “Sarge”. A name that to this day he was called by some friends.

From Boot Camp and Basic Training in the South, to serving overseas in France and Germany. France was by far his favorite place to have visited, even learning a little French. 

Back home, he would see active duty with the National Guard, patrolling the streets of downtown LA during the 1992 riots. 

He loved everything about war history, he could tell you many war stories & facts, especially those centered around World II and The Battle of Little Big Horn (which he visited the actual battle ground in Montana) He loved U.S. Calvary stories and joined E troop of the 7th Calvary. They were a re-enactment group which mainly put on uniforms, jumped on horses, and would recreate aspects of a historical event or period. 

In his later years, he enjoyed time with the grandchildren, always amazed by their accomplishments, wittiness, and how quickly they seemed to be growing up. Showing and letting them know how proud he was of them.

He also came to enjoy the supernatural shows like Ghost Hunters (even attesting to having had his own encounter with the beyond) being he'd seen every episode, knowing where the 'spooky' parts were, he'd get a kick if someone else got spooked, he had such a fun and silly sense of humor. 

Jim was a loving, caring, and generous man.

And it is without a doubt he was taken ‘Far Too Soon’

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Services

Committal
Thursday
August 4, 2022

11:00 AM
La Verne Cemetery
3201 B St.
La Verne, CA 91750

Reception
Thursday
August 4, 2022

12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Eddie's Italian Eatery
1065 W. Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711

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