A lifelong champion of worker and human rights: Michael Guadagno passes at 68
Michael “Mickey” Guadagno passed away on Monday, March 9th, peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his loving wife and family.
Michael was born on June 26, 1951, in Trenton, New Jersey to labor union leader Joseph Gene Guadagno and Margaret Theresa DuBois. In addition to raising his 5 children, he worked for the U.S. Census – he believed that everyone belongs and should be counted.
Although he moved to the Central Valley in his later years, the Bay Area always remained dear to his heart. He lived much of his adult life in San Jose and was an avid Raiders, A’s and Warriors fan.
Cherished memories shared by his children include “the flag pole man,” “pizza door,” hiking and camping, gardening and composting, talking history and politics, his famous homemade Italian sauces and meatballs, woodworking, working on cars with his son Aaron and watching him race at the Madera Speedway. Mickey was truly a jack of all trades.
In his heyday, he was “a Longhair” always willing to take a political stance against injustice and stand up for the little guy. Even in later years, he could be seen protesting with his daughter Janine against wars and other economic, environmental and social issues. He was a true-blue Democrat who believed passionately in the importance of voting– making sure to cast his ballot even in his final days.
He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren who endearingly called him “Papa.”
He is survived by his wife Jennie, of 34 years, daughters Joni, Janell, and Janine, his son Aaron, eight grandchildren Jaslyn, Jordan, Asante, Jennifer, Jayla, Janessa, Andon and Hailey, two great-grandchildren Jada and Dakoda, and his sister Monica.
He will be met in heaven by his parents Joseph and Margaret, his older brother Joe, and his son Joseph “Joey” Guadagno.
Special Thanks to Hinds Hospice for their compassionate care.
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