Danny Guice: He was the epitome of benevolence

Here is the prepared text of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s remarks at the funeral of former Mayor Daniel D. “Danny Guice,” delivered April 18, 2017 at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center. 

Carolyn,  Danny Jr.,  Barry and all the members of the Guice Family, I am honored that you asked me to say a few words today. Serena and I have all of you in our prayers.

Danny Guice was a beloved individual. His life of service to community will be unmatched. He was the epitome of benevolence.

In a time when Biloxi was full of “characters,”  his special skills, abilities and vision led Biloxi through good times and bad. Personally,  over the past of couple years,  from time to time,  he would drop by my office and we would talk about everything.  Mostly, I would ask many questions, he would answer, providing me valuable direction.

He was close with many in my family.  My Mother, my Aunt Clare were special to him. He told me he played football at Biloxi High with my Dad.   In fact,  my first recollection of “politics” came in 1961 when Danny Guice was elected Mayor of Biloxi. My Dad and my entire family were ecstatic with his victory.

His family and Biloxi were his passions. Biloxi was blessed to have had him for 90 plus years. He made Biloxi proud. He will be remembered as one of best-loved mayors in the history of this City.

Let me close with his message, in Danny’s own words,  which is our message today:

“The people of our city invite you to be part of metropolitan Biloxi’s bright future. Culturally unique,  historical in atmosphere,  but progressive in spirit. THIS IS BILOXI. Make it your City too. Daniel D. Guice, Mayor.”

On behalf of Biloxi, thank you, Danny Guice.