In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
GUINTA, Francisco Joseph (Frank) - The Reverend Dr. Francisco (Frank) Joseph Guinta, 98, Dartmouth NS, went to be with the Lord he served. He passed away peacefully at the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Canada Day, July 1, 2022. Born in Montreal, Quebec on September 4,1923, he was the third child of Luigi and Katarina (Foti) Giunta (Guinta).
Frank Sr. served in the Royal Canadian Navy joining the military service in 1941, a World War II Veteran decorated and honourably discharged, retiring in 1967, Chief Petty Officer, First Class. While in the Royal Canadian Navy Frank Sr. served as a communicator sailing on ships such as the HMCS Snowberry, 1942, HMCS Haida, 1948, HMCS Magnificent, 1949, HMCS Labrador, 1955, HMCS Bonaventure, 1958, HMCS Terra Nova, 1961. During his naval career he was stationed on Naval Bases HMCS Stadacona, Halifax, N.S.; St. Hyacinth, Quebec; and HMCS Cornwallis, N.S.
Following retirement from the RCN he felt a call to enter training for the Gospel ministry. This calling was a direct result of his itinerant ministry serving as the “Singing Evangelist” in Martime Baptist churches. He earned a BTh from Acadia Divinity College, Wolfville, NS and was ordained in 1968. Later he earned a ThM in 1987 and a ThD in 1989 from International Seminary, Plymouth, Florida. Frank Sr. served several Baptist churches including Lucasville and Hammonds Plains Baptist, Halifax; Faith Memorial Baptist, Yarmouth; Millville United Baptist Church Field, NB; Parker’s Cove Baptist Church, N.S. Serving in the Reformed Church of America, he pastored churches in Montreal, QC; Waupun, Wisconsin, USA; and Cohoes, NY, USA. At the age of 75 he retired to Dartmouth, NS. At the age of 80 he took on the responsibility of serving Clyde Avenue Baptist Church in North Sydney, Cape Breton for five years, retiring for a third time to live in Dartmouth.
Throughout his life Frank enjoyed music, baseball, travelling, gardening, beaches, politics, visitation and sharing his faith. He lived at home enjoying family until his final year of life.
Frank Sr. was predeceased by his loving wife Lena Wynetta (Hamilton), his brother Albert and sisters Vincenza, and Francesca. Surviving Frank are his four children Rev. Dr. Frank Guinta Jr. (Donna MacArthur); David, both of Dartmouth; Peter (Sharon Mapplebeck), Waterloo, Ontario; Alexandra (Philip Mooney), Barrie, Ontario; grandchildren Jonathan, Julia (Jesse), Barbara, Myles (Pamela), Bryan (Carolyn), Andrew (Cheryl) and Sarah (Elliot); eight great grandsons and two great-great grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. Internment will take place later.
The Celebration Service for the Rev. Dr. Frank Guinta Sr. will take place at Life Branch Church, 10 Lancaster Dr., Dartmouth, NS on Saturday, July 23rd, at 2:00 pm. Masks are recommended.
Donations may be made to Acadia Divinity College, 15 University Ave, Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6 or to the charity of your choice. (Donald K. Walker Funeral Directors)
Ships served in:
HMCS SNOWBERRY - Served in SNOWBERRY in 1942
HMCS HAIDA - Served in HAIDA in 1948
HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Served in MAGNIFICENT in 1949
HMCS LABRADOR - Served in LABRADOR in 1955
HMCS BONAVENTURE - Served in BONAVENTURE in 1958
HMCS TERRA NOVA - Served in TERRA NOVA in 1961