November 25, 1936 - March 16, 2022
Richard O. Guardiola, 85, of Hamilton Township, Mercer County, NJ, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, with his loving wife Lisa by his side.
Richard was born in Detroit, Michigan, and the family settled in Cleveland Ohio. Rich was a natural at golf, playing at Shaker Heights Country Club. He became a quarter finalist in the national amateur and earned an invitation to Augusta, where he competed in the 1964 Masters. He then worked for Art Hills Golf Course Designer and eventually moved to Pennington Golf Center, Pennington, NJ, as the Head PGA Pro. It was there where he met and married the love of his life, Lisa. They were married for 25 years at the time of his death.
Rich was very proud to be a PGA member for 45 years. He has been a retired lifetime PGA professional for several years. He was very proud of playing in the Masters at Augusta, GA in 1964 and of being a lifetime member of the PGA.
He was a Class A PGA Professional and previously worked as an Assistant Pro at Doral in Miami, FL, Inverness in Toledo, OH, and Wilmington Country Club in Delaware.
Predeceased by his parents, John and Geneveive (Geno) Guardiola, brothers, Jack and Don Guardiola, and brother-in-law, Lee Bisconte; he is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Lisa (Bisconte) Guardiola; a niece, Laura Bisconte, and other nieces and nephews; Lisa and Rich’s fur babies, Shane and Blake; longtime friend and colleague Carly Brooks; as many other relatives, dear friends and colleagues.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at
St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 555 Yardville-Allentown Road, Yardville, NJ 08620.
Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Rosenhayn, NJ.
Services are under the direction of the Buklad-Merlino Yardville Memorial Home, Yardville NJ.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any charity of the donor’s choice in memory of Richard O. Guardiola.
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