BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Victor Guidetti III was killed Sunday, June 11, while riding his motorcycle. A memorial has been set up near the scene of the accident on Valley Road in Gillette. Guidetti was married to Stephanie and they have two sons, Victor IV, 17, and Wyatt, 9.
A family member has created a GoFundMe campaign to “help Stefanie raise her young sons and get them through life.”
The details of the accident have not been released, nor has his name, but family and friends know the identity of the victim, and the creation of the gofundme campaign confirmed what many had feared as news of the accident, with no mention of Guidetti’s name, began to appear on the Berkeley Heights Community Forum not long after it happened.
When the announcement of the gofundme campaign was made on the Berkeley Heights Community Forum, condolences poured in the comment section.
Cathy Zichichi Balsamo wrote, “There's some comfort in knowing he left this earth a happy man doing what he loved. Riding his motorcycle. Prayers to his family. A huge loss.”
Rachel Hessing Wintemberg, a childhood friend of Guidetti, wrote, “I have such vivid memories of playing with him, Kristian Klüver and Mark Stallone as a child.
“We all hung out on Appletree Row at the Klüver house when we were little. Vic grew up around the corner from me on Emerson Lane. Back in those days you went outside and just played with everyone in the neighborhood. You went home when the fireflies were out if you weren't spending the night at a friend's house.
“Whenever I saw him in town or at back to school night he would always take a few minutes to catch up with me. Our kids are the same age and go to school together. People like Victor are what old fashioned childhoods in small town America are all about. It's what makes our town our home.
“Kind, friendly and a person who always put his family first.”
Midge Manganiello Vicendese, of Berkeley Hardware, wrote, “So very sorry for the loss of such a special person. Vic would walk through the doors at the store, always so kind and caring.
Mark and I have all of his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.”
Guidetti worked in his third-generation family-owned and operated company Victor Guidetti Plumbing which was founded in 1939.
More information will be published when it is available.