Danielle T. Guay, who worked for many years in the advertising department at the Enterprise and was also a former art teacher, died December 15 after a battle with cancer. Ms. Guay, 72, was a resident of Pocasset and had formerly lived in West Falmouth.
Ms. Guay began teaching in the Falmouth Public Schools in 1970. She taught art at the Lawrence School, East Falmouth and Mullen-Hall elementary schools, and also taught photography at the North Falmouth and Teaticket schools. While working as an art teacher at Morse Pond School in the mid-1970s, Ms. Guay said she enjoyed working with the children, as “they really are creative and have uncanny imaginations.”
Accomplished at pen-and-ink sketching, in 1975 she won the Award of Excellence for Pen Sketch in a teachers’ exhibit.
Her love of that medium provided a natural transition into commercial art for newspapers, and she joined the advertising sales staff of the Enterprise in 1981. She was soon promoted to assistant advertising manager and was responsible for special supplements and coordinating with the production department issues of design, typography and reproduction. In 1986 she was named manager of display advertising and was in charge of the sales representatives, the managing of the department and representing the newspaper with regional accounts and ad agencies.
Ms. Guay also created the pen-and-ink illustrations for the “At Your Leisure” guide published weekly by the Enterprise during that time.
Originally from Taunton, she was the daughter of Gertrude M. (Voyer) Guay and Fernand A. Guay. She had an interest in art from an early age and decided to further her education in the field following high school.
Ms. Guay received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Southeastern Massachusetts University, where she majored in visual design and minored in photography. She later took several graduate courses.
As a former member of Falmouth Artists Guild, Ms. Guay had exhibited what she called her “brush and palette” work at the guild. She enjoyed sharing her knowledge of crocheting, macramé, rug punching and embroidery, and, while living in West Falmouth, led arts & crafts workshops at the library in that village.
She was also known for her large collection of Santa Claus figures that featured pieces of all sizes, shapes and materials—from collectibles to dime store items—and that were sometimes loaned for exhibit during seasonal festivities on the Upper Cape. She found inspiration from the figurines to use in her hand-drawn Christmas cards.
Ms. Guay had served on the board of directors of the Advertising Club of Cape Cod and joined the board of Cape Cod Children’s Museum early in its existence while the museum was operating out of Falmouth Mall. She served on the board of the Falmouth Service Center and volunteered as a member of the thrift shop committee at Emerald House in East Falmouth. She donated her talents to Friends of Falmouth Dogs in 2002 by designing the artwork for the nonprofit’s T-shirt logo.
After her retirement from the Enterprise Newspapers in 2012, Ms. Guay used her fondness of jewelry and background in sales behind the counter in a part-time position at Falmouth Jewelry Shop. There she was able to stay in touch with many of her former clients in retail and others in the community who stopped by to purchase items and visit.
In addition to her mother, also of Pocasset, she leaves a brother, Dr. Paul F. Guay of Bald Head Island, North Carolina; and a niece, Heather Yoo of Arlington, Virginia.
She was preceded in death by her father and by her brother Claude Guay.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated in spring or summer at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in North Falmouth at a date to be announced.