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Guido Umberto Giordimaina

Guido Umberto Giordimaina

Died: Friday, May 28, 2004
Age: 72
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Guido Umberto Giordimaina, 72, died Friday, May 28, 2004, at St. John Hospital in Detroit.

Mr. Giordimaina was born in Cairo, Egypt, on April 18, 1932. His father, Antonio, was a fighter pilot for the English army and his mother, Linda, was an Italian immigrant. As a child, he spoke Italian at home and Arabic at school. He completed his university studies in French, majoring in management, and would go on to become fluent in five languages.

In his late teens, he excelled in grueling cycling national tournaments. He also learned to play numerous musical instruments, and together with the infamous Rataplan band, brought smiles to countless audiences in smoky clubs throughout Asmara.

In his early 20s, Mr. Giordimaina was employed as a pilot for Aden Airways. He logged thousands of miles flying pilgrims from Cairo to Mecca, and very quickly climbed to the position of assistant deputy general manager. After a series of positions in more than 29 countries, Mr. Giordimaina became CEO for FIAT, responsible for African and Arab nations. His other achievements include Fellowship for the British Institute of Management, member of the British Institute of Travel Agents, president of Travel Agents Association of Zambia and president of the Rotary Club of Lusaka.

After 58 years in Africa, Mr. Giordimaina and his wife moved to the United States where he started a new career as a management consultant and ultimately chairman for TEC.

He enjoyed flying, writing, contract bridge, tennis, racquetball, reading and painting.

Mr. Giordimaina is survived by his wife of 38 years, Elli Giordimaina; daughter, Lorella (Drew); son, Karim (Liz); grandchildren, Massimiliano, Gianluca and Nicolo.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Rolando and Gastone.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Arrangements were provided by Chas. Verheyden Inc., Grosse Pointe Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Judes Childrens Hospital or Covenant House.
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