Patrick (Pat) Joseph Guard, 65, of North Liberty, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, into the hands of our loving Lord. A Funeral Mass was held on Nov. 21 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon, with the Rev. James Vrba officiating. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery in Solon. As a member of the founding board of directors, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Community Foundation of Johnson County. Patrick was born on April 15, 1948, the son of Louis H. and Cleta Guard, in Geneva, N.Y. He was united in marriage to Deborah Lynn Seymour on March 2, 1985. He grew up in Geneva, N.Y., and graduated from DeSales Catholic High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in business and accounting from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. Patrick had a lifelong career of service to community which began with the Jaycee organization and included him being the executive director of the NYS Jaycees which then progressed to the executive director of the Cortland, N.Y., and Geneva, N.Y., chambers of commerce and president/CEO of the Kenosha, Wis., and Iowa City chambers of commerce. Pat had affiliations with many different community organizations through the years, among them the NYS Jaycees, Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Seneca Lake Whale Watch, Knights of Columbus, the Community Foundation of Johnson County and others.
Survivors include his wife Deborah; a son, Patrick of Cortland, N.Y.; daughters Joan (Neil) Gates of Palmyra, N.Y., Julia (Eddie) Maslin of Homer, N.Y., Jennifer (James) Morse of Homer, N.Y., Shannon (Mitchell) Kinion of Stanwood, and Danielle Guard and special friend Jeff Johnson of North Liberty; brothers Louis of Fairport, N.Y., Robert (Patricia) of Geneva, N.Y., and Thomas (Josephine) of Geneva, N.Y.; grandchildren James and Jocelyn Morse, Patrick and Ethan Maslin, and Elliotte Kinion. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers; Howard and Alan.
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