Francis "Fran" Guchone

November 19, 1945 – July 21, 2017
Place of Birth: 
Newark, New York
Place of Death: 
Rochester, New York
Newark, New York

Calling Hours

July 26, 2017 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Service Event Information

Funeral Service
July 27, 2017 - 11:00am
Park Presbyterian Church
Maple Court
Newark, NY


July 27, 2017
Port Gibson Cemetery Port Gibson, New York




Francis Guchone

Newark—Fran Guchone, 71, died Friday (July 21, 2017) at Strong Memorial Hospital as a result of a motorcycle accident late Thursday night, in the Town of Phelps.

Friends may call on Wednesday (July 26th) from 5-8 PM at the Paul L. Murphy & Sons Funeral Home, 127 East Miller Street, Newark. Funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Thursday (July 27th) at the Park Presbyterian Church, Maple Court, Newark. Burial with military honors to follow at the Port Gibson Cemetery.

Memorials, in his name, may be made to the Park Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, Maple Court, Newark, New York 14513 or to a charity of your choice.

Fran was born on November 19, 1945 in Newark, the son of the late Frank and Eleanor Cole Guchone. He had attended Newark High School and was drafted into the US Army. While serving in Vietnam, he did underground search and destroy missions, better known as a “tunnel rat”. He was a member of the Arcadia Memorial Post VFW. 

He was a member of the Park Presbyterian Church, Fran was a Deacon, Elder and served on the Property and Personel Committees. He was often seen fixing up, cleaning up or at the controls of the sound system at the church. Motorcycles were a big part of Fran's life from running his own shops or working for others, he worked on motorcycles most of his life. He had a special passion for any kind of racing; be it motorcycles, stock cars or dirt bikes. For the past five and a half years, he has been working at Super Gen Products in Newark. Fran loved his family, especially spending time with his grandchildren. He was always more than willing to help anyone, at any time.

He is survived two daughters Lisa (Ken) Trask of Newark and Laura Rivera of Seabrook, TX; ; six grandchildren Chad and Jacob Trask, Olivia, Victoria, Arianna and Alysha Rivera; a special friend and ex-wife Mary; two brothers Bill (Rosemary) of East Palmyra and John (Pinky) of Bangkak, Thailand; his sister Cecil (Frank) Bouwens) of Phelps; special nephew William Guchone as well as several other nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Fran was predeceased by a sister Merikay Byrd.










So sad to hear of the death of Fran Guchone. He was a great friend and help to his long time neighbors Janet Norton and Shirley Putzig.  Now he too, like both of them, has passed on way to soon. Our heartfelt condolences to his family and all his many friends.

Lisa, Ken, Chad, Jacob, and RoseMary....Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time!  Hoping your fond memories will ease your pain!  Sending all our Love, {{{HUGS}}}, and prayers...RIP Fran!

Franny was a one of a kind guy. Always putting others before himself. Multi-talented and willing to take on any challenge or job. Fran dedicated many, many years to Park Presbyterian church. He supplied the blood, sweat and no tears that kept everything moving forward. His presence will be missed and yet felt in the many ways he contributed his time, talents and treasures to the world community and Park Church congregation, in particular. Godspeed and ride on, Fran!

Fran was a good man and a great friend. Always willing to offer a helping hand and he will be missed. Ride on Fran!

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