Cosmo Frank Guido

  • Born: October 8, 1922
  • Died: April 1, 2020
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

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San Antonio, TX 78212

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Tribute & Message From The Family


"It's a Wonderful Life" describes the journey of Cosmo Frank Guido who passed away peacefully in his home on April 1st, 2020 of natural causes, surrounded by the love of his family. Cosmo was the second generation to lead Guido Construction, founded by his father in 1927, 93 years ago. He is the epitome of a man of great dignity and supreme humility. In short, Cosmo F. Guido is a city treasure who graced its presence for his 97 years. Cosmo has gone to rest with our Lord, reunited with his wife of 65 years, the love of his life, Antoinette (Toni) Varisco Guido.

Born in San Antonio, Texas on October 8th, 1922, Cosmo was the second child of Louis Lorelli & Florence Guido. According to Cosmo, he began working with his father when he "was knee high to nothing." He graduated from Jefferson High School in1940 where he played the clarinet in the marching band. He was the first generation of his family to proudly attend college and did so at Texas A&M University graduating in 1944 with a degree in Civil Engineering as a member of the Corp of Cadets. In 1943, with just nine credit hours short of graduation, Cosmo was called to serve in the Army during World War II. While in Bryan/College Station, he met his future wife Toni and courted her while she studied at Vassar College. Cosmo ultimately completed his degree, married Toni in 1946, and returned to San Antonio to work as a partner, with his father and uncle, at Guido Brothers Construction Company.

In April 1947, Cosmo's father told him they were going to open a Lumber Company and Cosmo was going to run it. Cosmo knew nothing about the lumber business but rolled up his sleeves and ran Guido Lumber Company from 1947 – 1955. He became a pioneer in this industry, inventing new methods to load and deliver lumber materials without dumping and damaging them. Ultimately, he took the helm of the Guido Companies, building many iconic projects throughout San Antonio and south Texas. During Cosmo's decades long and illustrious career, he rarely missed a day of work, tirelessly doing "whatever it takes" to keep the companies successful through good times and bad. Even in retirement, Cosmo continued to come to his office every day, always smiling and wanting to catch-up on the lives of everyone around him and company affairs.

A major setback of Cosmo's career, but a testament to his character, was his involvement in San Antonio's Hemisfair '68. Against his better judgement but pressured by civic organizers, he reluctantly agreed to complete several projects from which others walked away and, ultimately, was asked to manage all the remaining construction projects for $1. He became the largest creditor of this San Antonio milestone and Guido Companies was severely hampered from this set back which ultimately launched San Antonio on its current explosive trajectory. On the 25th Anniversary of HemisFair in 1993, Lila Cockrell hosted a luncheon "honoring the unsung hero of Hemisfair 68 – Cosmo Guido." Over 750 colleagues, friends and family attended this event, attesting to this proud and humble man's lifelong integrity. Eventually, and not without struggle, Cosmo paid every subcontractor and supplier to whom he owed money.

Cosmo's career was punctuated by countless projects, but also many iconic ones which helped put San Antonio on the map, including HemisFair '68, the restoration of San Fernando Cathedral, the conversion of the Lone Star Brewery to the San Antonio Museum of Art, several projects at the Witte Museum , restoration of the Alamo and the Missions, the Sisters of Charity of Incarnate Word (Village & University), Luby's Cafeteria Corporate Headquarters, Botanical Gardens, Papal Mass Site, and the moving and restoration of the Fairmont Hotel. These and other construction projects demonstrated Cosmo's belief that nothing is impossible when one decides to take on tasks that seem bigger than life itself. He demonstrated that it is possible to meet the challenges head on with a smile and positive attitude, putting forth all his past experiences to meet the challenge. Pride in superior workmanship, true craftsmanship, ingenuity, love of his Company and public community, integrity, commitment, authenticity, and his innate ability to develop and nurture relationships are the most important components to his success.

Cosmo led a life of service marked by faith and family. He was an active member of San Francesco di Paola Catholic Church (built by his father in 1927), the Christopher Columbus Society, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, and later St. Luke Catholic Church. He was a founding member of the Archdiocese Building Board where he served for 50 years. Cosmo also served on the Board and President (1958) of the San Antonio Texas A&M Club and was a proud member of the A&M Century Club. He, and other members, donated material and manpower to build Aggie Park and was actively involved in the fundraising Stag (later Family) BBQ, grilling chickens with his many friends for years.

Cosmo served as Director and President of the San Antonio Associated General Contractors (1959 -1963); Director and President of the San Antonio Builder's Exchange (1961-1967); Oak Hills Country Club Board and President (1978-1981) National Lumber Dealers Association Director & National President (1972-1977). He once said that he could not believe that the son of an Italian immigrant could rise to serve in such prominent positions.

Cosmo also faithfully served 25 years as the executor of the Brazos Varisco (his father-in-law) Estate in Bryan Texas. With the help of friends and colleagues, Norman Saathoff and later Jack Hudkins, both of Frost Bank, Cosmo traveled to Bryan weekly over these several decades to manage and resolve business issues, leaving San Antonio at 7 am and returning the next day at 6pm. . He was tirelessly committed to this and everything he touched.

Cosmo was well known and highly respected in the San Antonio building community and among his national colleagues. He mentored many young professionals as they learned the Architectural/Engineering/Construction trade he so deeply loved. His integrity, dedication to fairness, and his ability to "befriend and relate to anyone" are trademarks of his legacy. Among his numerous awards include the San Antonio TAMU Polly Krueger Award and most recently, the Robert H. Hugman Award from the San Antonio Tourism Industry, and the San Antonio Independent School District Inspire Award.

Beyond all, Cosmo was devoted to his family and his friends. He lovingly cared for his mother and mother in law throughout their lives, adored his wife Toni, his beautiful children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. If you were, or one of yours, was at home and sick, you could count on Cosmo to stop over before and after work to make sure you were ok. Cosmo had many hobbies; always tinkering in his basement shop, golfing and bridge with Toni, gardening, making homemade pasta and perfecting his wine-making skills - the Guido kitchen was always open for his family and friends.

Cosmo is survived by his beloved children: Brazos Guido, Tom Guido & wife Maryanne, Florence M. Guido, and Antoinette Guido Browning, 13 grandchildren and their spouses, eight great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and a wealth of dear and devoted friends.

Our family wishes to thank Cosmo's devoted caregivers during his end of life, including Juanita Maciel, Jack Nichols, Stacey Martinez, Laurie Duke and the kind staff Amedisys Hospice of San Antonio. Cosmo's legacy will live on in the countless people and institutions he helped during his long and faithful life.

A celebration of Cosmo's life will occur at a future date. During these challenging times, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the following charities: The Witte Museum, San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio Museum of Art, The Village of Incarnate Word, San Antonio Independent School District Foundation, Texas A&M University or a charity of your choice. Let the Legacy of the Servant Leader Live on!


Condolence & Memory Journal

Cosmo's visits to Parker-Astin were a highlight of my day each time he stopped in. He was a kind man with a generous heart. My condolences to Toni and the rest of family.

Posted by Megan Godin - Coworker   June 04, 2020

I'm very sorry to hear of Cosmo's passing and offer my families condolences to the entire Guido family.

Posted by AJ Heidelberg - Spring Branch, TX - Coworker   May 06, 2020

He was a great man with a great family. Such an inspiration to so many folks.

Posted by Sean Moran - Bulverde, TX - Coworker   April 14, 2020

My heartfelt sympathies to the entire Guido family that I was privileged to get to know when I got married to Maryanne's father. It was always delightful to be in Cosmo's and Tony's company at many family gatherings especially when we moved to San Antonio. So happy to have known this great couple and even Cosmo's mother 'Grandma Guido'.
May they all rest in peace!









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Posted by Renate Auray - Cary, NC - Family   April 14, 2020

Tony I want to send my love and condolences to you and your family at this sad time. Such a wonderful man. Special hug to Maryanne

Posted by Sandra Rosenberg - San Antonio, TX - Friend   April 12, 2020

My condolences to my friend Brazos and the Guido family. Rest in Peace, Cosmo.

Posted by Louis Korkames - SAN ANTONIO, TX - Friend   April 11, 2020

I will always remember your father as a man who is loved by everyone and especially my family. My son and I were talking about the first time he went to the driving range as a kid at Oak Hills and your dad came over and introduced himself and became his first friend at the club. Everyone who spoke of them always talked about what a great man he was and how he was a gentleman in business . I was surprised reading his obituary How many unspoken things he did to help everyone else and the many awards and position he had an I am proud to have known him. What a great legacy!

Posted by Tom Yantis - san antonio, TX - Friend   April 09, 2020

May the Lord Christ keep your family continuing under his care. My condolences sent your way.

Posted by Esmeralda Williams - Lawton, OK - Acquaintance   April 08, 2020

I'm very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to all the family.

Posted by Fidel Alvarado - San Antonio, TX - Friend   April 07, 2020

My deepest sympathies to the entire Guido family on Cosmo's passing. He was a fine person and surely one of a kind. May he rest in eternal Peace.

Posted by Robert Aguirre - San Antonio, TX - Friend   April 07, 2020

Fair well my friend, competitor, and customer. May your soul rest in peace and my humble prayers are with you.

Posted by John J Kuntz III - San Antonio, TX - Friend   April 07, 2020

We were so saddened to hear of your passing. You were an amazing friend with a smile as big as your heart. You will truly be missed. Rest in peace.
Joe and Patsy Monaco

Posted by Joe - San Antonio, TX - Friend   April 07, 2020

What an amazing long life you lived. You leave behind a legacy that will never be forgotten. I was privileged to have met you.

Posted by MICHAEL HUNT - Floresville, TX - Coworker   April 07, 2020

We will pray for the soul of Cosmo and our deepest sympathy to the Guido family ; he was a wonderful example of character and integrity. Marilyn Scamardo

Posted by Marilyn Scamardo - Bryan, TX - Family   April 06, 2020

To all the Quido family, I just want you to know how sorry I am to hear of Cosmo's passingwhat an amazing life he hadI will always think of him in his pink shirt, looking dapper, on the golf course with Toni. Love to all of you.

Posted by Dianne Turner - Green Valley, AZ - Friend   April 06, 2020

Robin and I would like for Tommy and Marianne to know that them and their family are in our prayers. Cosmo was a much respected man. God bless y'all!

Posted by Michael Qualls - Natalia, TX - Family Friend   April 06, 2020

Our Prayers and thoughts are with your family!

Posted by James Groesbeck - San Antonio, TX - Acquaintance   April 06, 2020

A fine gentleman and a giant in the San Antonio construction industry.

Posted by Milton Babbitt - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   April 06, 2020

Mr. Guido, or Mr. Cosmo as I often called him was one of the last, great men I got to know. I had the honor of cutting his hair. When he came in to see me, he would always ask about my Mother. He had a wonderful dry sense of humor which I so enjoyed laughing at. I will remember him as a kind and gentle man always smiling when I saw him. You will be missed Mr. Cosmo.
Roland Benavidez

Posted by Roland Benavidez - San Antonio, TX - Friend   April 06, 2020

So sorry for the families loss of a great man, prayers, and thoughts during these trying times

Posted by Robert Grothues - San Antonio, TX - Friend   April 06, 2020

Tom, please accept our prayers and sympathy on the passing of your Dad. In reading his obit. - his commitment to this city and to the Church is to be greatly admired. May God continue to bless your family.
The Michael Davis Family - Josh, Will, Sam, Tynan.

Posted by Mike Davis - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   April 06, 2020

I am so sad to hear of Cosmo's passing; he was such a kind man who filled a room with his warmth and happiness and left a lasting legacy of a very close and loving family. Cosmo and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Sean McNelis - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   April 06, 2020

What a beautiful obituary of a wonderful life lived. What treasured memories you will all have to hold on to.
Our sincere condolences and prayers are with you during this time. Fred and Theresa McComas

Posted by Theresa & Fred McComas - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   April 06, 2020

So very sorry for your loss❤ Trusting time will fill the coming years with wonderful memories!

Posted by Jenny Buchek    April 06, 2020

It was a honor and pleasure knowing and working with Cosmo over many years. If ever there was a good man Cosmo was it. He will ne deeply missed.

Posted by Randy Vogel - San Antonio, TX - Friend   April 06, 2020

R.I.P. Cosmo Guido, God Bless You and Family
From your friends at Losoya Industries

Posted by Ruben Losoya - Boerne, TX - Family Friend   April 06, 2020

From all of us at Bandy Constructors, we are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers. God Bless.

Posted by Dawn Vernon - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   April 06, 2020

Our condolences to the Guido family and prayers to all of you.

Posted by Mike Schultz - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   April 06, 2020

A great man and mentor who will be truly missed.

Posted by Scott Shaheen - Boerne, TX - Acquaintance   April 06, 2020

My name is Joseph J Tramonte Jr. My father (Joseph J Tramonte) and my mother (Margaret Tramonte) from Galveston, we're good friends Cosmo and his wife Toni. My father was a Sr at Texas A&M when Cosmo was a freshman. My father and his Italian friends were very fond of Cosmo during their time at A&M. And they spent much time with him. My mother is still alive today and she always had great memories of the Guido family. Our prayers will be sent for Cosmo and the Guido family. May God bless you all and be with you during this difficult time.

Posted by Joseph J Tramonte Jr - Galveston, TX - Friend   April 05, 2020

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To The Guido Family,
TOM & Mary Ann ,
We are sending you and the Family our
Sympathy and , Condolences for your loss .
Keeping you in Thoughts and prayers during this difficult
Time of sorrow .
Love, and Friendship -
Beth Rhodes, Jessica & Robert

Posted by Beth Rhodes - SANANTONIO, TX - Friend   April 05, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted by Mrs. Hank (Bett) Schlattner - San Antonio, TX - Friend   April 05, 2020

Mr. Guido, you will be missed; but, your legacy lives on. You always had a smile on your face and a warm greeting. I know what a treasure you were to so many at Oak Hills Country Club, myself included. I remember Flo or Antoinette having dinner with you at the Club and how dear you are to them. Blessings and prayers for your family. Lynda Lewis-Thomas

Posted by .    April 05, 2020

A great loss, with a long life of dedication to family and building fortitud for our City's Development. A very prayerful man who always made you feel welcomed, comfortable and filled a room with smiles. You will ve missed and always loved. Thank you for the blessing to call you Dad and caring for your 6 year old grandaughter Florence Luigia. And all your grandchildren. My sympathy and deepest regrets to all his children, family and dearest friends. Love, Lali Guido

Posted by Maria, Fiorina Brazos V. Guido - San Antonio, TX - Grandchild   April 05, 2020

POP: Your word was your bond. It was an honor to have known and worked with you.

Posted by Craig McCoy - San Antonio, TX - Friend   April 05, 2020

There was a time that Cosmo and Tony, and their kids and I had fun together. I will never forget them.

Posted by Sue Noble - San Antonio, TX - Friend   April 05, 2020

I was saddened to read about the death of Mr. Guido. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May our Lord give you peace and comfort at this time. God certainly blessed you with a father who you can be proud to have his name. He left his family with a honorable legacy.

Posted by Courtney Owen - San Antonio, TX   April 05, 2020

Remembering your great love story today and always.

Posted by A friend   April 05, 2020

My father Paul Casseb, and Cosmo were very close friends. My father who was an Attorney also represented Guido Construction Company in many business matters over the years. I can remember as a child going over to Guido Construction Company on Saturday mornings. Cosmo and my father would discuss legal matters usually with the door closed to Cosmo's office. I had the run of the place since it was a Saturday and no one was there other than Cosmo and my Father. I explored the offices, the lumber yard, and grounds. They would finish their meeting, and usually would have to come looking for me. Cosmo would always get a good laugh at how my father would get upset with me for not staying close by. I can also remember many times going over the Guido's home, usually around lunch time, where incredible meals were being prepared, and of course were invited to enjoy those meals with both families.
My heart goes out the entire Guido family, but I know right now both Cosmo, and my father are looking down on us with great pride, and joy with the family legacies they have created.

Sincerely,

Paul E. Casseb, Jr.

Posted by Paul Casseb - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   April 05, 2020

What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. I know his legacy will live on through his Children and Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren for many years to come. He is now in the biggest kingdom of all with his beloved Toni, parents and all his other relatives and friends who have welcomed him with open arms. I know my Uncle Sam is real happy to have his great friend to play golf with again. Richard and I send our deepest sympathy. May he rest in peace. Richard and Janice Hobbs

Posted by Janice Hobbs - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   April 05, 2020

Godspeed Uncle Cosmo. You leave an incredible legacy, and have earned your eternal rest.

Posted by Alex and Diane Ponzio - Dallas, TX - Family   April 04, 2020

May I try to express my heartfelt sympathy to the family of Cosmo Guido. I know if Rodney were here, he would be so saddened. The Guido's were held in such high esteem by so many, but I would hear Rodney exclaim over and over again what a fine man Cosmo was. It was with pride and pleasure to have worked with him and all of the Guido's over the years. May you find peace from God at this time, and know he was recognized so highly by so many. A good man will be missed.

Posted by Betty Ludwig - San Antonio, TX - Friend   April 04, 2020

What a legacy your father has left behind. I am very sorry for your loss. Cosmo loved everyone he met and talked so nice of them. I had a very nice visit with him after Uncle Louie Sirianni passed away. The one thing that you did not mention was his love of hunting with the relatives and friends. I hope to see you at a later date. This Virus is going to keep us apart. God Bless your family and be strong. Louis Sirianni

Posted by Louis Sirianni - San Antonio, TX - Family   April 04, 2020

May he Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.

Posted by Celeste Scalise-Qubrosi - San Antonio, TX - Acquaintance   April 04, 2020

With deepest Sympathy May God's love heal you're sorrow and may His peace replace your heartache with loving memories. ✝

Posted by Angie Salinas - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   April 04, 2020

Cosmo, led by example with great cheer and dignity. He was a favorite of the entire Cody and Rector families he will be missed.

Posted by Jim Rector - San Antonio, TX   April 04, 2020

Tommy and Guido family...........so very sorry for your loss but celebrate the life of this incredible human being!!! Doug and Jo Ivan

Posted by Jo Ivan - San Antonio, TX - Friend   April 04, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of cosmos passing he was a great person and boss you always knew that if he told you something it was going to happen. My father Armand Frazier worked for him for many years and had a great relationship with him . I worked for him when I got out of high school and worked for 7 years I left Guido in 1983 because work had slowed down.in 2002 I got married and cosmo came to the service I was varyproud that he would take the time to come to a exemployee's wedding but I was glad he did.its with a heavy heart I say Rest In Peace and I will see you again in heaven.

Posted by Randall Frazier - Von Ormy, TX - Coworker   April 04, 2020

One could not know Cosmo long before being drawn into his warm, gentlemanly friendship. He was generous and kind to all. We will miss him and his admirable commitment and honesty in all his dealings. Tony and Judy Varisco

Posted by Judy and Tony Varisco - Bryan, TX - Family   April 04, 2020

I am truly saddened by the loss of my Uncle Cosmo.I spent countless hours with him at the Deer Lease visiting with him and working for Guido Brothers Construction and Lumber Company doing my high school and college terms. He was like a father to me and a inspiration in my life. I know I am a better man for knowing him and the lessons he taught me . Thank you for everything you did for me I will never forget you with much love your nephew.. Stanley Pisano Jr

Posted by Stanley Pisano Jr - San Antonio, TX - Family   April 04, 2020

Mr. Cosmo was a wonderful and caring man. I remember going to Guido construction and to Mr. Guidos house with my dad with I was a kid. Mr. Guido and his wife would alway care for us like family. He was a great friend and boss to my dad Rogelio Villarreal. He will be greatly missed by everyone he did so much for San Antonio. On behalf of the Villarreal family, we offer our deepest sympathies to the Guido Family. Keeping you all in our prayers.

Posted by Norma Villarreal - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   April 04, 2020

Here's to the memory and legacy of a great man and servant leader. It is an unforgettable privilege to have known him. May he Rest In Peace with his beloved Toni and precious mother Florence. My deepest sympathy and prayers for the family during this difficult time.
Jay Pantusa

Posted by Jay Pantusa - San Antonio, TX - Friend   April 04, 2020

Tom and Maryanne my thoughts and prayers are you and your family. His obituary was a real tribute to a great man.

Posted by Gregg Muenster - Fair Oaks Ranch, TX - Friend   April 03, 2020

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On behalf of the residents and staff of The Village at Incarnate Word, I offer our sincere condolences to the Guido family. Cosmo's work at the inception of The Village was complex and exceptional. He has left you a rich legacy of faith, service and integrity. We pray that our Lord Jesus Christ, whom Cosmo served so faithfully and who has now called him Home, will flood your hearts with peace and will give you strength in this time of loss.

Posted by Sr. Shirley Vaughn - San Antonio, TX   April 03, 2020

For over fifty years I have had the honor of being a frequent guest in the Guido home. Cosmo made everyone feel important and touched their lives in many ways. Thank you for your friendship, guidance and mentoring. Hopefully I am passing on some of your values and wisdom to our family progeny, as your legacy will live on through so many others in the same way. We all have great memories of hard work, the value of taking a nap, hard play (like raucous Briscola games and the never ending pancake starter at the hunting lease), and family event gatherings where one was encouraged to have fun and behave at the same time. Thank you for your inspiration to all who have known you. Love and Peace!

Posted by Bob Walker - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   April 03, 2020


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