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We received notification that Paul Orlandi, a CWA Local 9421 member, has recently passed away. Paul was a good man, a true unionist, and beloved father, husband, and friend. He worked hard and always treated his co-workers and those around him kindly and generously. Paul will be greatly missed.
Please see the below message from Paul's manager:
Friends and colleagues,
It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that our dear friend Paul Orlandi has passed on. On Saturday April 19th he and his wife Sherrie and their daughter Cheyanne had driven up to Manton California to spend time with their son Jason and his family. As they often did on Paul’s time off they wanted to spend time with “the grandbabies”. After dinner Saturday evening Paul drove by himself from his son’s place to the little cabin where they were staying. When he did not return his family went looking for him and found him in his new car. Paul passed quickly and Sherrie assumes that it was from heart failure. For those of you who weren’t aware, Paul had heart surgery only a couple of weeks ago and had only returned to work in the last week.
Paul was a humorous, loving and generous man. In the fifteen years that I was privileged to work and call Paul my friend he was always upbeat and handy with a joke. As you all know he was an incredibly generous man. As I look around my office I see things that Paul has given me over the years. He has always thought of us even when he wasn’t with us. His family has always been his priority as you have all probably seen. I can’t help but think of the Orlandi Family Tradition where he and his wife and kids walk through all of the offices with a cart laden with home baked sweets for all of us to enjoy.
Sherrie has told me that Paul did not want any sort of funeral services. Paul was a father of three children Jason 28, Ariel 25 and Cheryanne 17. Sherrie says that Paul’s wish was that we each raise a round in toast to him and to spend as much time with our families and loved ones as we can. That is what Paul did whenever he wasn’t at work and it was what he was doing when he passed. Paul was a good man and a great friend. His family, friends, and AT&T are a better place for having known him. He will be missed dearly.
Many of you have asked about sending flowers and condolences. My team, with Sherrie’s permission, have started a site where we can donate to help Sherrie with the expenses:
If you wish to send a card, you may send it to the Union Hall (2725 El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821) and we will make sure it gets to Sherrie. Thank you.
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