Michael Blair Guilford
December 09, 1957-December 27,2021
GUILFORD, Michael Blair, 64, of Louisa, passed away on December 27th 2021, after a courageous battle with COVID. He was preceded in death by his parents, William B. Guilford and Lynn G. Guilford. He is survived by his brother, William B. Guilford, Jr. and sister Lynn G. Wagner and husband Scott J. Wagner, nephew James M. Wagner, and nieces Caryn M. Wagner & Katherine G. Wagner.
Mike was a graduate of Louisa County High School and VCU. He was a life member of the Meriwether Society and the Louisa Historical Society. He was a Jack of all Trades & Master of most. A trained fine artist, perfectionist in all that he did and passionate about family history, woodworking, restoring old homes and the family homeplace (Woodbourne). There was no creative problem that he didn’t meticulously study before solving. He was always willing to help someone in need.
Mike is irreplaceable and will be greatly missed. Special thanks to the staff of Martha Jefferson Hospital for the dedicated care they gave Mike and the rest of the ICU patients.
A gathering of friends & family will be held at a later, warmer date.
Mike, I hadn’t seen you in a while but miss you very quickly. You were a special one…
I will cherish my times with Mike. He was always willing to help with the most challenges issues and you could be sure it would be done very well. Will miss our long conversations about history and riding the roads of Louisa County with old maps trying to determine how the old roads were in the past.
Mike will be missed by all, he was great person, I am proud to say, he was my friend.
Mike was a true craftsman in every sense of the word! A trusted friend to my husband and a huge help to me in his passing. No finer example of dedication can be found. Thank you Mike for all you’ve done. You will be missed by many
Mike will be greatly missed by all. My father loved him dearly. He always took the time to take pictures at my events through the years. I have some of the best pictures from my engagement party because of Mike. I have no idea what he could not do. My father always said “Mike is brilliant.” Mom was also extremely sadden to hear of his passing. Prayers for the family.
I am so sorry to see this.Sending hugs and prayers to the family…Billy and Lynn I am sure your hearts are breaking…
Mike, I miss you more than I can imagine. I have loved the many conversations we had over the past 2-3 years during my many trips to Louisa. You were a treasure.
If it were not for Mike & Bob Bunting our home would not be here. He was a perfectionist & always happy to help. A man John loved working with. And I loved talking to him & hearing his stories. A one in a million! He will be terribly missed.
We will miss my long chats with Mike. Always knew his point of view without holding back. Thankful for the painting he did for us but most thankful for the thoughts and ideas he brought to the table.
Mike was a genius when it came to restoring plaster in our old home in Mineral. He was good at everything he did. I will miss the long talks we had about all different subjects but mostly of the ones we had about our old home where he used to visit with his parents as a child. . The family was close friends with the people who lived there. Their name was Nancy Drew. Mike we will miss you . You were defintely one of a kind. Sending prayers to the family .
Dear Mike, like my siblings, my cousin’s have been present through out my life, and our shared memories, our shared roots, have steadied me and fed my soul.
I will miss traveling to historical places and hearing your amazing store of knowledge.
With appreciation and love. Cousin E
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mike even though I had not seen him a good while. I remember our many conversations at the Duron Paint store in Richmond and it was always interesting. He talked about his family often.
I’m sorry to hear about Mike I remember him from middle school in LoUISA Va.. he was very nice.. I’m so sorry..
I’m sorry to read of your brother’s passing. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
What a wonderful picture to remember Mike by….it made me smile. We went through many of our formative years together as we graduated from class to class within the Louisa County School System & then headed to VCU. Mike was such a talented individual and his art always took my breath away in its beauty, scope and expert execution. Yes, he could sure make you laugh and he was born with that endearing chuckle….so unique to his personality. I will sure miss his wit & wisdom, his unending knowledge of all things antique and historical and the simple pleasure of conversing with him as minutes turned to hours….he was one consummate conversationalist! Forevermore my friend.
A master craftsman, artist, with an encyclopedic knowledge of Virginia history, Michael was one of the smartest and talented people I’ve ever known. I will miss him.
Mike was an intelligent, caring, highly capable and talented person. He was particularly helpful to his Uncle John (deceased/2018) in helping with Woodbourne. Not surprisingly, he was also helpful to many others in the community.
I’ll miss my conversations with Mike the most. We don’t always understand why things happen the way they do.
Mike, your life was too short but our memory of you is long. We’ll miss you.