Felix Joseph Guinto Sr., a retired Baltimore Sun transportation department worker, died of heart disease Aug. 25 at his home in Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania. He was 77 and had lived in Northeast Baltimore.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Northeast Baltimore, he was the son of Felix Guinto, a Johns Hopkins University library worker, and his wife, Frances Wilson, a homemaker. He attended Baltimore City public schools.
He met his future wife, Claudette Dobbs, in Northeast Baltimore where they both lived.
He joined the Baltimore Sun in 1968 as a newspaper delivery truck driver. He went on to become a dispatcher and a union steward for Teamsters local 355. He retired in 2004.
In 1969 the Teamsters honored him for heroism. Mr. Guinto was fishing from a bridge when he observed a boat that had capsized. He jumped into the Choptank River and rescued a 12-year-old boy.
As a Teamster, Mr. Guinto also did transportation work for local film crews. He also worked in transportation at the old Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, Modell Lyric Opera House, Center Stage and the Royal Farms Arena.
Family members said Mr. Guinto spent the last 15 years of his life in a wheelchair after he underwent vascular surgery.
“He lost his legs, but it never slowed him down. He could crawl out of chair and plant roses," said his daughter, Dorothy G. Fowler of White Marsh.
He also assisted his son in a family charity, Guinto Helping Hands. Mr. Guinto distributed food to the homeless and worked with his son in toy drives.
As a grandfather, he enjoyed attending his grandson’s soccer games at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
In addition to his daughter, survivors include a son, Felix J. Guinto Jr. of Shrewsbury; another daughter, Darlene Reed of Colorado; three brothers, Richard Guinto of Hanover, Pennsylvania, Ronald Guinto of Baltimore and David Guinto of Hampstead; a sister, Paula Sollers, also of Hanover; and a grandson. His wife of 47 years, a homemaker, died in 2011.