OBITUARY – Guido Pietro Canclini

Guido Pietro Canclini

Our loving husband and father, Guido, passed away peacefully at home July 13, 2017, with his wife of 65 years, Martha, by his side.

Born in Arcata March 19, 1926, Guido was a well-known member of the Arcata scene throughout his life. His father, Pietro, and his mother, Rena, were immigrants from Northern Italy. From childhood, Guido was an outdoorsman, avid fisherman, hunter and afficionado of the wily Razorback Clam! He also had a lifelong love of gardening; in his later years, he often spoke fondly of helping his older neighbors, even as a young boy, to spade and weed their vegetable gardens. As many can attest, Guido was always ready to jump in and work hard to help out friends in need.

Guido spent idyllic years as a youg man at his parents’ cabin on the Trinity River near Willow Creek. He then learned the trade of boot making and repair from his father, a craft that was being practiced in and around Humboldt County by several local relatives and friends, so it seemed a natural fit for Guido. With a huge work ethic all his life, young Guido often worked at his parents’ shop in Arcata, allowing them to summer on the river.

After a brief stint with the California Barrel Company, Guido made a decision – he would go into the shoe business for himself. In 1948, Guido opened Plaza Shoe Shop at 774 Ninth St. He sucessfully and continuously ran the shop for more than 50 years. Plaza Shoe Shop was a place for solid boot repairs, for buying excellent boots, and for free coffee any time of day ... with the Dice Box deciding who would buy the doughnuts. The shop was a well-known hangout for many of the local characters ... where they drank coffee and told many a good story.

Guido met his wife Martha and invited her on a first date – mushroom hunting in the dune forest. The rest is history! Later, she joined him in the shop, and the couple were later joined in the work by their son Peter and daughter Candace.

Guido retired at age 65 and he and Martha began to focus much more of their time at their cabin in Trinity County, where they made their property a welcoming place for many grateful visitors and friends.

Guido is survived by his wife Martha, daughter Candace Miller and son Peter of Arcata; by grandsons Delan Canclini and Tad Miller and by greatgranddaughters Sydney and Grace Miller.

The Canclini family sincerely wishes to thank the Arcata Fire Department, Hospice and Agape.

Please make memorial donations to the Arcata Fire Department or the Sequoia Humane Society.


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