Tony Guiffre, of Simi Valley, Calif., formerly of Sewickley and Wexford, Pa., passed away peacefully in his sleep Thursday June 21, 2012, surrounded by his family after a brief, but valiant battle with cancer.
He spent the last two weeks surrounded by his wife of 44 years, children and their spouses, sister and brother-in-law, telling stories, watching golf, laughing and smiling with all of his grandchildren.
He was born March 2, 1946, in Warren, Pa., to Anthony and Rose (Sirianni) Guiffre.
Known as “Butch” to his family, he met his wife, Sheila (Case) Guiffre when they attended college at Rochester Business Institute.
After a brief stint in the Army, they moved back home to Warren, where he began his career in the oil industry.
In 1976, they moved to Sewickley Pa., and in 1990 to Wexford, Pa.
Spurred by a new career and grandchildren they picked up and moved across country, outside of Los Angeles, to Simi Valley.
While in California they were able to travel, explore and see their grandson’s’ baseball, basketball and football games.
Everyone of their neighbors loved them and were known to just stop by, especially for that after dinner cookie he was so famous for!
He was “Pap” Tony to more than his grandchildren.
All of the neighborhood children and the friends of his children and grandchildren called him “Pap” and he loved it.
His favorite place in the world was Hilton Head, SC, his favorite drink was vodka on the rocks and his favorite teams were the Steelers and the Pens. He proudly wore his black and gold at every opportunity!
He is survived by his wife, Sheila, a former Fulton resident; his daughter, Andrea (and Kirk) Stillmak; sons, Tony (and Lori) Guiffre and Michael (and Jacqui Gray) Guiffre; his grandchildren, Mack and Zeke Perciavalle, Boden Stillmak and Anthony Jacob (AJ) Guiffre; his sister, Sara McWilliams; brother-in-law, Bert Bliss; many cousins, aunts and uncles as well as countless friends.
We are thankful for the support and love from everyone of them.
A memorial service will be held near Pittsburgh later this summer.
Memorial donations may be made to Buena Vista Hospice, 143 Triunfo Canyon Road, Westlake Village, Calif. 91361