Vince was born in Oakland, attended St. Anthony’s grammar school in Oakland and graduated from St. Joseph High School in Alameda. He served in the Navy during World War II as an Aviation Radioman and was honorably discharged on Aug. 6, 1946. Returning to the Bay Area, he attended St. Mary’s College and Santa Clara University. He worked with his father at Guise and Son Masonry Contractor in Oakland and performed masonry work at the Richmond City Hall, the Hall of Justice in San Francisco and other major landmark buildings in the greater San Francisco Bay Area until an opportunity arose in 1962 to purchase Brentwood Furniture at 613 First St., which he and his wife Barbara owned for 45 years.
Vince was an active community volunteer and a Rotarian with perfect attendance for more than 48 years. He enjoyed golfing, hunting with his sons, attending Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants games, and sailing in the San Francisco Bay. For more than 50 years, his favorite activity was following Russ Morgan’s Big Band all over the country and abroad, dancing the night away.
He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 63 years; sons Vincent Guise III and Robert Guise; daughter Mary Halter; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother Lou Guise. He is preceded in death by his daughter Linda Wilson, son Frank Guise, grandson Jesse Guise and grandbaby Christina Guise.
Funeral Mass will be held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Brentwood on Friday, April 29 at 1 p.m. A reception will follow the service. The family requests that donations be made in Vince’s name to Hospices of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.