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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 16:56

Guy & Sons Auto Rebuilders Closes Shop After 56 Years in Chicago

Written by Eva Hofmann, Gazette Chicago
Dan Pascale and Tom Pascale, who took over the family business from their father, were known for making sure Guy & Sons personnel did superior work on cars. Dan Pascale and Tom Pascale, who took over the family business from their father, were known for making sure Guy & Sons personnel did superior work on cars. Christopher Valentino

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Younger brother Tom studied painting and sculpture at Triton College for two years after high school but ultimately came back to join the business.

 

“It was easy to fall into working on vehicles,” said Tom. “I watched my dad do it, so I just did it.”

 

Van Buren Move

 

In the early ‘70s, the Pascales moved the shop to its West Van Buren street location, where it remained until closing. There, Guy and his wife, Pearl, renovated the three-story building and built an apartment above the shop, where they lived from 1973 until they passed away in 2010.

 

“They got to experience all of what the Near West Side was,” Dan said. “Nobody lived there under the Eisenhower at the time. Everyone was in the Little Italy area. They loved going to Fontano’s and Pompei Bakery, loved Greektown. Café Bohemia was the ultimate treat on a Saturday night.”

 

Guy and Pearl got a chance to enjoy some quality time in Florida for 12 to 15 years after they retired.

 

“It was beautiful for them,” said Dan. “We took care of everything. When they started getting older and not feeling so good, they came back. Dad got diagnosed with leukemia, prostate cancer, COPD, and was on oxygen. It never slowed him down. He worked in the office. He was always there.”

 

“Dad was a real Near West Side pioneer,” added Tom. “He did everything. He worked with the plumber and put in the sewer, and he put in all the light fixtures. It didn’t matter what the job was---he just did it, and we just came along for the ride.”

 

Longtime customers also remember the elder Pascale.

 

“I knew Guy for over 55 years, and he was a great man,” said Mario “Skippy” DiPaolo of Mario’s Italian Lemonade. “He was a very fair businessman and did great work on cars. Like father, like sons; the sons took over and kept the same quality of excellent work as their father had before them.