Joseph Conner Williams Guido, better known as “Gweedo” to all of his friends died tragically at age 16 in an automobile accident on October 26, 2019 in Yorktown, Virginia.
Conner was born on April 16, 2003 in San Diego, California where he resided with his parents Joseph and Tammy Guido and his sister Alexis. In 2006 they relocated to the Yorktown area where he was a student at Tabb Elementary, Tabb Middle and a junior at Tabb High school.
Conner was a very active member of various sports and clubs at his high school. He played his 8th and 9thgrade years for the Tabb Junior Varsity soccer team. Conner was the starting Goalkeeper for JV his 9th grade year. Conner advanced to play for the Varsity soccer team in 10th grade as the starting Goalkeeper. He started 18 games and was instrumental in leading his team to the final four in Class 3A. Conner’s most memorable game was against Jamestown where he recorded 13 saves and performing several acrobatic saves. His determination lifted the team to win their next 5 games placing Tabb in the semifinals.
Conner also played travel ball for Virginia Legacy for many years until being picked up by VB City, an EDP League based in Norfolk, VA, and also participated in the Olympic Development Program. Conner was able to join a professional college recruiting firm, NCSA, where he had full time College Recruiters working to make Conner’s dream come true.
The soccer field is where Conner felt most at home. Whether he had a game or not, once Conner woke up he wanted to play soccer. Trying to get breakfast, chores and homework done were holding him back from getting to the field; however, once accomplished you could find him practicing with his best friend Justin Frick almost anywhere they could find a field to play on. Soon Christian Aunapu, Chris Begansky, Aidan Montieth, Jason Hoffman and Ben Heckler would join in. Conner lived to play soccer. Literally. Conner planned to attend any College where he could put his soccer passion to work while majoring in Athletic Physical Training with an ultimate desire to work with Wounded Warriors.
To help keep himself in shape for soccer, Conner was convinced by his long time best friend Kynedi Crawford to try out for Indoor Track. He lettered for 2 years in Varsity Indoor Track and 1 year Varsity Outdoor track, he earned All Region 55 meter hurdles and team region runner ups for the 2018/2019 indoor season. Conner ran the 55 meter hurdles and finished 4th in the Class 3 Region A Indoor T&F Championship. Conner also placed 5th in 110 meter hurdles at the VHSL Class 3 Region A Outdoor T&F Championship. He did all of this while still making all soccer practices and games each day. Conner finished All Region Indoor & Outdoor track and his team finished first place overall for the 2018/2019 outdoor season. He was also in the top 30 for his grade in the state for the 55 meter hurdles and 110 meter hurdles.
Conner was a 3 year member of the Tabb Student Ambassadors unit who provided tours to new students, community members and new student orientation because of his overwhelming positive attitude and dedication to the student community. Conner never hesitated to volunteer for any activity that would share his love of the Tabb Community. Conner was a 2 year member of the DECA program. He actively participated in all quarterly meetings offering suggestions and feedback. He also attended multiple field trips with his DECA group.
With his big smile, Conner was easily identifiable at school, walking down the hallways. It was always Kynedi, Keegan, Drew Chris and Dahmani. Conner was always joking and joshing around making everyone near him smile. Conner had the ability to light up any room he walked in.
And all of this while maintaining a 3.8 GPA
In addition to his sports, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, beach time, skim boarding, hunting for sea glass and hanging out with an extensive list of friends and family.
From the Maternal side of Conner’s family he is survived by his mother Tammy Williams Guido, sister Alexis Guido and maternal grandmother Beverly Williams as well as Tammy’s partner Daniel M. McGee, and his daughters Katie and Megan, and Daniel’s parents Don and Karen McGee. Conner was surrounded almost daily by his large family and cousins who played an integral role in his upbringing. Uncles, Bo (Susan) Williams, Tim (Tracy) Williams, and Earl Sullivan. Both of Conner’s Aunts, Debbie Sullivan and Diane Williams were taken by cancer in 2015 and 2017, another shocking blow to this family. He found comfort in his cousins, Scott & Catie Ashe, Peyton, Harper and his favorite dog Rusty. Leslie Ashe & Tim Holland, Katelynne and Chloe. Cathy & Cory Napier, Alissa & Dylan, and Brista, Kevin & Chelsea Williams Raelyn & Saylah. Laura& Jami Ditto, Taylor and Jami Jr. Josh Williams & Terri and Carter. Amber Williams & Carson Cushman, Oakley. Melissa Jarrell& Brooklyn.
From the paternal side of Conner’s family he is survived by his father Joseph D. Guido, sister Alexis, grandmother Helen Guido, as well as girlfriend Lisa S. Grounds, her daughters McKenna, Madalynn, and Lisa’s parents Betty Schwartzkopf, Tom Zeitler, and Lynn and Katrina Schwartzkopf. He is also survived by his uncle Billy (Jana) Guido and their children Matthew and Carolyn, uncle Danny (Diane) Guido and their children Sara, Amy, and Christopher, and aunt Marianne Guido and her children TJ and Will.
A celebration of life will be held on November 2, 2019 at 11am at Tabb High School. It will be held on the soccer field at the back of the high school. Please join us in celebrating Conner’s life in his “final game”. Some seating will be available, but please bring a blanket or bag chair if you would like and dress in Tabb colors. There will be a time where we will welcome anyone who has brief memories and stories that they would like to share about Conner during the celebration. Please try to keep this brief in the essence of time.
In the event of inclement weather the Celebration of Life will be relocated to Waters Edge Church 6830 George Washington Memorial Highway Yorktown VA 23692 to begin at 12:00 noon.