James ‘Jim’ Guididas, 71, passionate mentor cherished for his empathy

James ‘Jim’ Guididas

LELAND — James “Jim” Guididas, 71, passed away Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at his home with his wife, Diane, and his daughter, Lauren.

Jim Guididas opened his heart to everyone he met.

He always was there for the family member who was struggling, the employee who was seeking mentorship or the friend who needed advice. Jim was passionate about helping others.

Jim was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to his parents, Ed and Helen Guididas. He was raised in Westfield, New Jersey, where he attended Holy Trinity school.

As a teenager, Jim earned the rank of Eagle Scout. It was in the Boy Scouts where Jim learned how to plan and be prepared, qualities he kept throughout his life.

Jim attended St. Bonaventure University in New York, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. He later earned an MBA at Pace University.

For years, Jim suffered from addiction, and ultimately used his recovery experience to help others who were struggling with their own addictions.

In 1993, Jim met Diane, and they married a year later. They were blessed with their one and only child, Lauren. Jim loved being her father. Lauren was always his “Daddy’s little girl,” and she was the “apple of his eye.”

Jim was an avid, lifelong New York Yankees fan. When he took Lauren to her first Yankees game, he had the opportunity to meet Yogi Berra, which was one of the highlights of his life.

Jim had a long career as a manager at companies like AT&T, Prudential, and, most recently, Concur. He was a beloved mentor and forged many close relationships with his colleagues.

Jim and Diane raised Lauren in Robbinsville, New Jersey, where Jim served on the town council planning board. He also loved to volunteer and went on several church youth group mission trips with Lauren to Appalachia. There, they rebuilt homes for the needy. Jim became great friends with the people he served, as well as his fellow volunteers. He treated the teenagers who went on these trips as if they were his own nieces and nephews.

In 2016, Jim retired, and he and Diane moved to Leland, where they built their dream home. For the final years of his life, Jim made many new friends and spent hours with them playing cards and golfing.

Jim loved oldies music, especially Frankie Valli and Stevie Nicks. He also loved spending time near the water — whether on a boat or on the beach. Jim will be remembered for his selflessness, his empathy, his laugh and for being a bit of a prankster.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; daughter, Lauren; mom, Helen; and siblings Ed, Bill, Nancy and Jean. He also leaves behind a giant, loving extended family, including 13 in-laws and 34 nieces and nephews. He joins his dad, Ed; brother, Bob; and nephew, Russell, in heaven.

Funeral arrangements are pending. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the St. Joseph Social Service Center, Elizabeth, New Jersey; or Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary Sister Isaac Outreach Center, Wilmington.

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