on August 11, 2013 - 9:39 PM
Dec. 30, 1940 – Aug. 10, 2013
Peter F. Gugino Sr., a farm operator and town justice in the Town of Brant for 24 years, died unexpectedly Saturday after he presided at a wedding ceremony in Evangola State Park. He was 72.
Born in Silver Creek, he was a 1957 graduate of Lake Shore Central High School and earned an associate degree from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.
Mr. Gugino worked with his father on a farm that had been in his family for more than a century. He took over the farm after his father’s death.
He grew strawberries, tomatoes, beans and Concord grapes on about 100 acres in the Town of Brant and another 100 acres in the Town of Hanover. He also operated five Gugino Farms strawberry stands in the Southtowns.
Devoted to his church, community and family, he served on the Brant Town Board in the 1960s and 1970s and first was elected Brant town justice in 1979. After a hiatus, he was re-elected to the bench in 2001 and was completing his sixth term.
He also was a volunteer firefighter and was very active in the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Brant. He was a former member of the board of directors of the Welch’s Grape Co-operative.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Geraldine Arcoraci; a son, Peter Jr.; a daughter, Gina Hackbarth; two brothers, Charles and Fred; and a sister, Carol D’Orazio.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 417 Commercial St., Farnham.