Published in The Capital on February 1, 2012
Peter Lawler Guilday, 83, a resident of Chester,
died on January 30 in Centreville.
He was born on April 6, 1928 in Chester, PA and
graduated from Central High School in Washington,
Peter served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1952 and was a Korean War
Veteran, Rank AE3.
He attended Corcoran College of Art in Washington, DC, Maryland Institute
of Art in Baltimore, and University of Maryland College Park. Peter retired in
1984 from National Security Agency after 34 years of service as a Senior
He attended St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Kent Island. He was also a
member of the B.P.O. Elks in Severna Park for 38 years; P.E.R., American
Legion for 18 years, and a member of the Anne Arundel Carver's Club.
Pete was a prolific artist his entire life. Much of his portrait and calligraphic
work was displayed for generals and placed in art exhibits, which won him
high honors. He was also the map illustrator in the "The Book of the
American Presidents" by Jr. Vincent Wilson (1977). In retirement, Pete took
up the hobby of decorative bird carving and won ribbons in the Ward World
Carving Competition in Ocean City, and First place and Best in Show in
Virginia Beach, VA. He was one of the founding members of the Anne
Arundel Carver's Club, which began in 1986.
A man of many friends and great family, he will be missed dearly. He was
preceded in death by his sisters, Lollie Gilman and Jane Guilday; his brother,
Edwin Guilday; and sister-in-law, Ruth Guilday. He is survived by his wife,
Mary Hartman Guilday; daughters, Jennifer Guilday and Tara Detchemendy;
son-in-law, Paul Detchemendy and granddaughter, Isabella; brothers, William
Guilday of Mt. Airy, Robert and Betty Ann Guilday of Ontario, Canada;
sisters, Ann Volk of Odenton and Mary Loft of St. Petersburg, FL; and other
Family and friends may visit from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday,
February 1, at Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home, 495
Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at11 a.m. on Thursday, February 2,
at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 689 Ritchie Hwy, Severna
Interment will be in Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville at a later
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of
Queen Anne's County, 255 Comet Avenue, Centreville, MD 21617. Online
condolences may be made at www.barrancofuneralhome.com