Guido De Best Obituary – Death, Guido De Best Funeral
Guido Armand de Best lived up to the meaning of his name. A guide in spirit, Guido helped many who encountered him, showering them with kind words, dry wit, and a warm smile. Guido transitioned on December 9, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina where he lived with his wife of 22 years, Charline Cipriano.
Born on April 18, 1960 in Leiden, the Netherlands, his father was Rene Marie de Best of Nijmegen, the Netherlands and his mother was Ingeborg “Inge” Janse of Jakarta, Indonesia. In 1962, his family immigrated to the United States via Texas, and later to Steamboat Springs, then Grand Junction, Colorado. He graduated from Fruita Monument High School in Fruita, CO in 1978. As a young man, he worked his way to master electrician at Wood Electric. He also worked for Loral Space & Range Systems, and Time Warner Telecom. In 1998 Guido and Charline moved to Charlotte, NC, where he joined the Telecom and IT departments at Duke Energy. He was most recently the Lead Cyber Security Governance and Risk Analyst.
Guido was active in his spiritual community, The Plum Village Tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and participated regularly with a Sangha (The Charlotte Community of Mindfulness) for meditation and mindfulness activities. He was a member of the Order of Interbeing, a group dedicated to the continuous practice of mindfulness, ethical behavior, and compassionate action in society. He was ordained by Thich Nhat Hahn in 2011. He was passionate about music. He loved to listen and play, sing a song and chant, and invite a bell. He was a joyful student of the ukulele. He was an avid runner, especially in the woods or on a long trail. He was a life-long student, a mentor, a teacher, and a proud Opa. He was always giving of himself, serving others, and generous in spirit. Whether it was a sandwich, a smoke, a book or a song recommendation, Guido was an intuitive gift giver, knowing what was needed at any time.
His laughter filled a room and if you weren’t in on the joke, his robust peals of joy made you feel as if you were.
Guido is survived by his first wife, Lori Marin; current wife, Charline Cipriano de Best; his son, Guido Thayne [Kate] de Best; his two grandchildren, Nicholas Asher and Gabriel; his siblings, Gilbert [Lollie] de Best and Guilaine [Charley] Haupt; and many wonderful nieces and nephews across the country. His parents preceded him in death.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 22, from 2-4 pm, at Myers Park Baptist Church-Heaton Hall, 1900 Queens Rd, Charlotte, NC and via online video platform and recording.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to support the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at suicidepreventionlifeline.org or another mental health and suicide awareness organization. You might also like to take a walk or run along your favorite trail and offer peace and healing into the world. Guido so loved the Backyard Trails and Renaissance Park in Charlotte.