Joseph Conner Williams Guido, better known as “Gweedo” to all of his friends died tragically at age 16 in an automobile crash 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 9th grade 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.