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Guido Edmond Van Thillo

Guido Van Thillo onlineGuido Edmond Van Thillo, 83, of Los Altos CA passed away on April 14th, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Guido was born Dec. 15, 1936, in Antwerp Belgium, to Edmond and Victoria Van Thillo, the oldest of 4 children. He came to America in 1960. He loved America, and especially California where he made his home. He bravely battled lung cancer for a year and a half and kept a positive outlook and never quit fighting. His favorite expression was, “Keep on truckin’!” He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Barbara (Meade) and daughters Elizabeth, Katie, Christina and Annie, grandchildren: James, Madison, William and Charlie, Sophia, Sam and Spencer, and his brother Hugo (Monique van Thillo), and sister Lydwina (Luc Charlier) of Belgium, and his brother Chris (Grace) in southern California. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews in Belgium. Guido has three sons from a previous marriage, Edwin, Eric and Ethan and two grandsons, Mark and Kurt. Guido and Barbara met and married in Laguna Beach in 1974, where their four daughters were born. They shared an appreciation for the local museums, art shows, and sailing with friends and family on their sailboat “Phaedra”.

They moved to Los Altos in 1984 to be close to Barbara’s extended family. Guido loved the culture and beauty the bay area offered, especially on many trips to San Francisco visiting art museums, restaurants, sailing on the Bay, and taking in the many splendors of The City. Guido was a contractor for over 50 years with a keen eye for architectural beauty and had the pleasure of working on many historic and custom homes. He had an artistic approach to every discipline and was working up until his last year of life. People who have known him over the years, through work or family, have all expressed their great sorrow at his passing. Guido showed tough love, he was loud, and he will always be remembered for his vivacious personality. The home and formal garden that he and Barbara created was a great source of pride to him, and a place he loved to share family dinners. He will be missed and remembered by all those who love him. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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