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Dearborn mayor dies of cancer at 52

Posted Dec 6th 2006 1:27PM

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On Tuesday, the citizens of Dearborn, Michigan, and Ford Motor Company lost a dear friend. Dearborn Mayor Michael Guido passed away at his home after a 9-month battle with cancer. He was 52.

Guido had been mayor of the city that Ford Motor Company calls home for nearly six terms spanning 21 years, making him one of the longest serving mayors in Michigan.

During his tenure, Guido worked closely with Ford on several projects. He was the driving force behind the $43-million dollar Ford Performing Arts and Community Center. This was one of Guido's proudest accomplishments, with its hi-tech gym, several auditoriums and a senior citizens center that's the envy of many other cities.

"He personified honor, humility and caring; traits sorely lacking in today's world. He could win over even the harshest critic with his wonderful sense of humor," said Bill Ford, executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company, "he had a deep love for Dearborn, which was returned by all whom he touched," Ford said of Guido. "I will miss him greatly."

Guido is survived by his wife, Kari Arvanigian Guido and two sons, Michael, 19, and Anthony, 14. Funeral arrangements are pending.

See Bill Ford's complete statement after the jump.

[Source: Detroit Free Press]

STATEMENT: DEARBORN MAYOR MICHAEL GUIDO

The following statement on the death of Dearborn Mayor Michael Guido is attributable to Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company.

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 5 – "Mike Guido was a great friend to me and to Ford Motor Company. He personified honor, humility and caring; traits sorely lacking in today's world. He could win over even the harshest critic with his wonderful sense of humor. As mayor of Dearborn, he played a key role in numerous projects that benefited the community and our company, such as the Ford Rouge Center renovation and the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. He did an outstanding job for the people of our hometown, many of whom are Ford employees. The city has lost a great leader and our company has lost a great partner. He had a deep love for Dearborn, which was returned by all whom he touched. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. I will miss him greatly."

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Catherine King

I'm so so VERY sad to hear this about Mayor Micheal A. Guido~~He was an acceptional man~!!!! I was 20yrs. old working in the Building and Safety Department~~Before knowing who he was everytime I'd see him he was very polite and a gentleman, then I realized he was the Mayor of Dearborn. His demeanor was like a magnic of goodness and he had a wonderful spirit!! I know this might not be necessary to say, but I feel in my heart that it needs to be said~~ I was a young black female single mom living in inner city Northwest side of Detroit, Michigan~~ the City of Dearborn gave me a chance to be something more than a statistic under the leadership of Mayor Guido!! His presence was not as if he was more than you because of the title he held ~~ he genuinely cared about ALL people!!! God allowed us to have him for a little while he was an angel walking on earth trying to make things better before it was time to go, and HE DID!!!! God's BLESSINGS to his family, my prayers are with YOU!!!!

Catherine H. King

December 18 2006 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rosemarie Bruno

I have been a resident of Dearborn all my life. Mayor Guido has made this a city worth living in. He has been a great example of love, service & pride in community. It was every one of the little things he did that endeared him to residents & anyone who had the honor of meeting him. He will be greatly missed.

December 10 2006 at 8:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kelly Barman

I worked for Mikes first campaign. I still remember the hat I wore "I LIKE MIKE" Later I moved away to Kansas City with Ford Motor CO. And I remember getting birthday cards from him for years afterwards. He was a great guy! Dearborn will not be the same without him.

December 07 2006 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob in Cobb

A reason for term limits.

December 06 2006 at 3:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tobias

As a resident of Dearborn for five years, I am saddened to hear of the Mayor's death.

Dearborn is a wonderful city to live in, thanks to his leadership.

Dearborn has lost a friend.

December 06 2006 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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