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Official Obituary of

Albert (“Sonny”) Guarnieri III

January 15, 1927 ~ March 26, 2024 (age 97) 97 Years Old
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Albert Guarnieri III Obituary

WARREN - Albert Guarnieri III (“Sonny”), 97, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, March 26, 2024 while at Hospice of the Valley Hospice House. 

He was modest in his style and caring, patient and strong.  He was a true gentleman and a joy to be around.

Albert was born January 15, 1927 in Warren, OH, the son of Albert Guarnieri, Jr., and Elsie McKay.  He grew up in Warren, attending St. Mary’s school and graduating from Warren G. Harding High School.  Upon graduation in 1945, he joined the Navy.   After the war, he attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, and graduated in June 1951 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce.  He loved Notre Dame and was a quiet lifelong “Domer”. While at Notre Dame, he served as Senior Football Manager, a position that required being a jack of all trades. The Notre Dame Scholastic magazine indicated that Albert’s job required him to play the part of a diplomat.  “Every week he (Guarnieri) [had] to withstand the waves of newsmen, autograph-hunters, spies, and various non-entities that regularly descend upon the team.” Albert always revered coach Frank Leahy and was proud of his role with Notre Dame football.

After college Albert returned to Warren and in 1953, he married the love of his life, Ann Camisa.  Thus began their nearly 70 years together having a family and so many experiences with family and friends. With an open-door policy, the Guarnieri house seemed to be a magnet for kids and friends over so many years, and sports permeated most things.  Al enjoyed his naps on the couch while “watching” college and pro football in autumn and took the family skiing in the winter.  But, most importantly was golf.  He and Ann would play as much as possible throughout the years, especially at Trumbull Country Club and at Hilton Head Island where the family spent many vacations.  They loved the annual golf weekend away with so many of their closest friends.  His kids, of course, remember his putting and chipping in the living room throughout the winter and his golf lessons.  He led by example, gave his children lots of rope to learn, and instilled in them the ability to make their own decisions.

Albert was also a leader in business and community affairs.  In 1951, he joined his father in the family business, Albert Guarnieri & Company.  He led the company through many expansions over the years and the “warehouse” was integral to family life. Two of his sons then joined Albert in the business and together they continued it past the 100-year anniversary.  Although laid-back in many ways, Albert always moved fast at work, and often reminded his staff and children that the customer is our priority.  Albert was also a leader in the community.  Among other community groups, he served as a director at Union Savings & Trust Bank and Warren General Hospital.  He also served on industry boards such as the Ohio Association of Tobacco and Candy Distributors and the National Candy Wholesalers Association. In 2009, he was inducted into the Warren High Schools “Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame” He was a longtime member of Blessed Sacrament Church.

Albert is survived by his four children; three sons Robert (Donna),  John (Jodi) and Albert E Guarnieri (Kristen) and a daughter, Patricia (Richard McClerin); sister Lucille Guarnieri McGuire Bayman, and sister-in-law Sandy Guarnieri; eight grandchildren, Brett Guarnieri, Christina Noonan, Michael Guarnieri, Kristen Battaglia, Brian Guarnieri, Kelli Guarnieri, Marcus Guarnieri and Kendra Guarnieri; seven great grandchildren Jack Noonan, Ben Noonan, Eliana Guarnieri, Beckett Guarnieri, Briggs Guarnieri, Grace Guarnieri, and Nora Guarnieri, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Albert was preceded in death by his wife Ann (in 2022); his parents Albert and Elsie Guarnieri, and his brother Donald Guarnieri.

Family and friends may pay their respects from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday, April 5, 2024, at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road NE, Warren, OH. 

Additional calling hours will be from 9:30am to 10:30am on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, 3020 Reeves Rd, Warren, OH 44483

 A Funeral Mass, celebrating Albert’s life, will follow on Saturday at the church with Rev. Christopher Cicero presiding.

Inurnment will be in All Souls Cemetery in Cortland.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to John F. Kennedy High School, 2550 Central Parkway, SE, Warren, Ohio 44484.

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April 5, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel
1884 North Road NE
Warren, OH 44483

April 6, 2024

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church
3020 Reeves Rd. NE
Warren, OH 44483

Funeral Mass
April 6, 2024

10:30 AM
Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church
3020 Reeves Rd. NE
Warren, OH 44483


JFK High School
2550 Central Parkway, warr OH 44484


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