CAVENDISH, Vt. – Carmine Archimede Socrati Guica, 95 one of the oldest surviving WWII Veterans of Cavendish passed away Wednesday Nov. 23, 2016. He was born in East Providence, RI the son of Filippo and Giovannina (Folco) Guica and moved to Cavendish with his family in August 1922. He received his education at Tarbell Hill School in Cavendish.
Carmine was married to Carmela Batista in Philadelphia, PA on July 7, 1948. Carmine entered the United States Army on June 10, 1942 and served with Battery B7 Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion until his honorable discharge on Jan. 1, 1946. He received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star Victory Medal. He also served with the Vermont National Guard both before and after his time in the Army, first enlisting at age 19. Altogether his service totaled more than 21 years.
Carmine worked as a Heat Treat Operator for 29 Years for G.E in Ludlow and later in Rutland retiring in 1984. Prior to this, Carmine worked at the Gay Brothers Woolen Mill and Kenwood Mills in Cavendish. Carmine was one of the founders and former president of the Cavendish Historical Society. He was active in the Grange and the Crown Point Road Association. He was chairman of the Cavendish Bicentennial, involved in Tarbell Hill School reunions and served on the town’s Ancient Road Committee. He faithfully donated food to the Black River Good Neighbor services every month for 15 years. Up until a few years ago, he visited the Cavendish cemeteries putting flags on the Veterans’ graves. Carmine spent his life serving and helping others and never asked for anything in return.
He is survived by his brother Vincent Guica, of Colchester. Many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife Carmela in 2000, his brother Frank and his sisters Ora Spaulding, Emma Robinson and Julia Blake.
Calling hours will be held on Friday Dec. 2, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home, 12 Meadow St. Ludlow. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday Dec.3, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cavendish Baptist Church.
Graveside Committal Services and Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Cavendish Village Cemetery