Bob H Guarente

December 4, 1941 ~ July 13, 2019 (age 77)



1941 – 2019

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Robert Henry Guarente, 77, a longtime hockey official heard the final whistle on Saturday July 13, 2019. Bob was born in Cambridge, MA on December 4, 1941 a son of the late Francis P. and Mary (Hanson) Guarente. He served honorably in the US Navy during the Vietnam War era and was stationed in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. He worked as a salesman in the trucking industry for many years. Along with boating on his beloved Sea Ray named “ Bobkat” he had a passion for ice hockey and worked as an Off Ice Official  for over 47 years primarily with the Hartford Whalers and the Wolfpack. His genuine, dependable and trustworthy character was a welcome addition to the game where he devoted much time and effort. He could always be counted on for a story or two (LOL)..….. maybe more, and his humor was infectious and will leave lasting memories for all. He married the love of his life, Joan (Learned) Guarente on March 7, 1965 and the couple celebrated over 54 years in love and happiness. Bob was very proud of his two children, Bobby Guarente, Jr and his wife Margie of Holyoke and Kathy Ayvazian and her husband Brett of Carlisle, PA. Pappa was blessed to have so much time with his grandchildren, Brittanie Moro of Springfield; Jessica Moro of Enfield; Julie, Allie and Kristen Guarente all of Holyoke; Rylee Ayvazian of PA and his great granddaughters, Emerald and Evalina. Bob also leaves behind his brother Greg Guarente of Revere; his half- brother, Francis “Chip” Guarente of Utah and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends especially his lifelong friends Jim and Pat Kearnes of Springfield. Visiting hours for Bob will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 4-7PM at Messier Funeral Home, 1944 Northampton St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Burial services with military honors will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 3PM in the chapel of the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main St., Agawam, MA 01001. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bob’s name can be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation, PO Box 368, Woodland Hills, CA 91365. Please visit for more details and to share online memories and photos.

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July 20, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Messier Funeral Home
1944 Northampton Street
Holyoke , MA 01040

Graveside Service
July 23, 2019

3:00 PM
Massachusetts Veteran's Memorial Cemetery
1390 Main Street
Agawam, MA 01001

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