Christopher "Guido" Whitesel, a bartender who worked at esatablishments in Annapolis and Baltimore, died March 27 of cancer at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was 55.
Mr. Whitesel was born in Washington and raised in Silver Spring, where he graduated in 1973 from John F. Kennedy High School.
He attended Montgomery Community College before becoming a bartender in the 1970s.
Mr. Whitesel was working at a gangster-themed bar in Rockville when a customer christened him with a nickname that stuck for the rest of his life.
"A customer was tinkling with the ice in his glass and called out to my husband, 'Hey, Guido,' and it stuck with him ever since the 1970s," said his wife of 23 years, Kathy "KP" Payne.
"I had to laugh. The man at the funeral home said he was getting all these calls about a Guido, and he didn't know who they were talking about," said Mrs. Whitesel.
Mr. Whitesel had tended bar for 27 years at McGarvey's Saloon and Oyster Bar in Annapolis before going to work about six years ago at the 8x10 on East Cross Street in Baltimore.
He had not retired at his death, Mrs. Whitesel said.
The longtime Arnold resident was a Yankees and Ravens fans. A music fan, he enjoyed attending the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival that is held in April in New Orleans.
"His interests included watching his children's swim meets, and he loved spending time at the beach such as Ocean City or in the Florida Keys," his wife said.
A visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, followed by a memorial service, at the Barranco Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Whitesel is survived by two daughters, Maggie Whitesel and Kaleigh Whitesel, both of Arnold; his father, Roy T. Whitesel of Silver Spring; and a brother, Jeff Whitesel of Bethesda.