KENNEBUNK - Edward V. Guiski of Kennebunk, Maine, and Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away at home in Florida on Dec. 22, 2013, with his family at his side following a long battle with cancer.
Born in Winslow, Maine, on June 21, 1936, Ed was the son of Maryanna (Czapla) Guiski and Vincentiez Guiski. He graduated from Winslow High School in 1955 where he was a standout athlete earning 16 varsity letters in football, basketball, track and baseball. Following high school, Ed continued his education at Maine Central Institute before attending Boston University for two years on a basketball and football scholarship.
He then served in the Army for two years where he had the privilege of trying out for the 1960 U.S. Olympic basketball team. After his time in the service Ed completed his education at Gorham State College (University of Southern Maine). Ed played basketball at USM and was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in 1988. He earned his Master's in Education in 1964 and started his teaching career at Windham High School. In 1967 Ed and his wife, Janet, moved their young family to Dexter, Maine.
Ed and Janet spent the next 38 years in Dexter where Ed was the high school physical education teacher and varsity basketball coach. He enjoyed life in Dexter immensely especially teaching, coaching, golfing, fishing at his camp (Raggedy Ann) at Ragged Lake, spending time on his wood lot and enjoying the company of his many great friends. Ed was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Dexter and Kennebunk and a communicant of Holy Spirit Parish in Kennebunk. He was also president of the Dexter Recreation Board, president and treasurer of the Dexter Historical Society and a member of the Dexter Club.
Ed's contribution to sports was recognized by the Sports Legends Hall of Fame and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and 2012, respectively, when he was inducted into those organizations.
After retiring from teaching and coaching, Ed and Janet relocated to Kennebunk to be closer to their children and grandchildren. He spent several summers working at Webhannet Golf Club where he quickly made more friends with the staff and members. Ed and Janet began spending their winters in Florida settling at Heritage Oak Park in Port Charlotte in 2004. Ed acquired many wonderful friends at Heritage Oak Park where he quickly became known as "Big Ed."
He enjoyed playing golf, tennis and cards with friends and making people smile and laugh with his wit, positive attitude and good humor.
Ed is survived by his wife of 50 years, his love and best friend, Janet L. Guiski (Smith); and his three children, Pamela M. Roberts, of Springvale, Maine, John E. Gurski, of Kennebunkport, Maine, and Alexander V. Gurski of Irvine, Calif.; six grandchildren, Mary-Louise Roberts, Jennifer J. Roberts, John E. Gurski Jr. "Jack," Thomas G. Gurski, Davis A. Gurski and Mateo A. Gurski.
He will be missed and remembered by his family members and many friends, his son-in-law, Douglas E. Roberts; daughters-in-law Kimberly A. Gurski and Berenice Gurski; sisters Mary York, of Barefoot Bay, Fla., and Helen Doyon, of Sebastian, Fla., and Tewksbury, Mass.; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Ed was predeceased by his sister, Stella Raymond.
Services will take place in Kennebunk in the spring.
It was Ed's wish that in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Dexter Historical Society, 12 Church St., Dexter, ME 04930; or the Benjamin Mendick
, 12810 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612-9451.