Walter A. Guild Jr., 90: World traveler

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TOPSHAM — Col. Walter A. Guild Jr., 90,  died of natural causes on Sept. 8.

Guild was born in Milton, Mass., on March 14, 1922. He was the son of Col. Walter A. Guild and Alice B. Guild. After a year of engineering studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he followed his father into the U.S. Army by gaining an appointment in 1941 to the U.S. Military Academy. He earned academic stars at West Point and was a cadet company commander.

Guild loved West Point while he was there and throughout his life. He graduated in 1944 with a commission as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, and then embarked on a military career that would span the next 26 years. His service to his country took him throughout the United States and on assignments to France, Japan and Panama. He truly loved the Army and commanded soldiers at the platoon, company and battalion levels. His military service culminated with his assignment as the Senior Army Advisor to the Maine National Guard.

Guild was a dedicated husband and father. He married Mimi Landis of San Francisco in 1946, and together they raised three children, Judith, Walter III and Peter. The family enjoyed the Army lifestyle and the opportunity to live and travel extensively in the United States and Europe.

Guild retired from the Army in 1970. Mimi and he lived in Manchester from 1970 to 1988, and then moved to Topsham. They enjoyed camping in northern Maine, extended motor home trips to Florida and Mexico, and their  beloved dog, Boo.

Mimi Guild passed away in 1992. Guild was also predeceased by his daughter Judith Veilleux in 2005.

Guild married Patricia Morrison Guild, of Freeport, in 1994. The couple spent the next ten years traveling the globe, including Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Poland, China and Alaska. They enjoyed football and summer theater. They were a very lively couple and were dedicated to each other. Patricia predeceased Walter in January 2012.

Guild is survived by son Walter A. Guild III and his wife, Patty; son Peter Guild and his wife, Kathie; granddaughters Chelsea Guild, Kelly Collins and Kristin Collins; great-grandsons Jacob, Kyle and Kevin; great-granddaughter Kastile; and son-in-law Robert Veilleux.

A celebration was held Sept. 15 at Brackett Funeral Home in Brunswick. A private burial service for family with full military honors will be held on a later date at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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