Monday, April 13, 2009

Memorial Page for Mickey Cafagna

Please leave your thoughts for the Cafagna family.

61 comments:

  1. My most deepest condolences to the entire Cafagna family.

    My prayers are with you,

    Al Kohn

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  2. I recall Mayor Mickey telling my son, after he had made a presentation for the PMRR depot, that he would endorse my son when he ran for Mayor. Thinking about that always brought a smile to my family. Thanks for the memories.

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  3. He loved everybody, always with the hugging with him, I hope the city council holds a special election, i would be honoured to fill his seat

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  4. I only met Mickey once in person, but was struck by what a friendly and optimistic person he was. He was truly likeable and a real asset to our community.

    My condolences to his family.

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  5. My prayers are with the family and many friends and supporters at this difficult time.

    Harold Ritchie

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  6. Mickey,
    You are up there with Uncle Phil now playing a game of cards.

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  7. A great public servant. He truly left his community better off than he found it.
    John Dadian

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  8. My thoughts and prayers are with the Cafagna family through this sorrowful time. I'm here for you if you need me. Pat, the cat-lady.

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  9. A great smile and wonderful sense of humor. I will miss him.

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  10. My interactions and observations of Mickey Cafagna during his time as chairman of SANDAG committees was that he was the best at giving equal consideration to government, business, and human interests. I will miss his even handed leadership and sense of humor.

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  11. Mickey was a family friend that I considered part of my family. No one else could get away with giving me the nickname "brat"! He is very much missed by me and my family.

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  12. We are all blessed to have had Mickey as Mayor of Poway. I will miss his smile and positive outlook at Council Meetings and throughout the community.

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  13. We will always have the fondest of memories of our fun times with Mickey at our Unico events. Our deepest condolences to Sharon and her family.
    May God Bless you during this time of sorrow.
    Maria and Carluch Caccamise

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  14. I am a better person from knowing Mickey and I will miss him greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with his loving family and the Great City of Poway.

    JP

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  15. The Mayor was very gracious and giving of his time to our son, who interviewed him as part of a Boy Scout Merit Badge project. My son learned a lot and was inspired by meeting him. We appreciate the time he gave us. Our condolences go out to his family.

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  16. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. He will be missed.

    ASR

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  17. Sharon and family, please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. It was an honor to know Mickey and to work with him, and I will miss him very much.

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  18. Andy and Adele MandellApril 14, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    After knowing Mickey for over 30 years as an employer and then as a dear friend, it will be hard not seeing his smiling face with a twinkle in his eye after he made you laugh. We saw him last summer and even though he was not physically the way we remembered him, he was still the good old Mickey, with his warmth, kindness, stories to tell, and quick wit, we realized that the Mickey we knew and loved was still there. Although his physical being will no longer be with us, his spirit will always be with us, with a twinkle and smile. All our love to Sharon, Stacy, Kevin and the grandkids. Andy and Adele Mandell

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  19. JAY AND KENDRA JEFFCOATApril 14, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    Kendra and I send our love and prayers to Sharon and the family. I fondly remember the many Poway Chamber Installations where I had the privilege of introducing Mickey and poking good-natured fun at his Italian heritage. The qualities of humor and grace were such a part of this wonderful man. We will miss him greatly. Jay and Kendra Jeffcoat

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  20. Ken & Gisela SmithApril 14, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Mick was a great guy and a great client. He always enlivend my office when he came in. He will be missed by many. My condolences to his family

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  21. Mayor Mary Teresa SessomApril 14, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    It was my honor to serve as Mickey's Vice Chair when he was Chair of Sandag. I learned so much about leadership and dealing with people from him. God bless Mickey where he is and God bless his family left with us here.

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  22. Barbara and Dick WardenApril 14, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    Sharon...Our hearts go out to you and your family. We have all lost a great guy. Mickey was simply the very best elected official...he watched over Poway, he thought regionally, and everyone he met basked in his smile.
    We were all lucky to know him.
    God bless you all

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  23. It was sad to hear that Mayor Cafagna has passed away. My condolences go out to his family and friends. In my dealings with the city I have always found Mickey to be very cordial and willing to listen. Many times he was the calming force on our city council. Poway has lost a good advocate for the city and he will be sadly missed.

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  24. Terry & Cindy MillerApril 15, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    Our mother, Joan Ammon, always spoke so highly of Mickey and considered him a good friend and advisor so it is our regret that we did not have time to know him better. This sends our prayers for the comfort and peace of his family.

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  25. We extend our deepest sympathy to Sharon Cafagna and the entire Cafagna Family on the passing of our beloved Mayor, Mickey Cafagna. He was an inspiration to all of us and the City of Poway was fortunate to have him as one of our faithful leaders for over 20 years. He surely will be missed and long remembered as such a cheerful and dedicated public servant. - Jay and Phyllis Mehlman

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  26. Steve and Rita WintonApril 15, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Our sincere condolences to Sharon and family. Mickey was a fine man, a capable and dedicated public servant, and a good friend to so many. He will be missed, but not forgotten.

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  27. God Be with you and your family.

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  28. Few come along and make an imprint on their community as Mickey has done. His leadership, drive and vision will be missed. Sharon and the family should be very proud of his outstanding service for the benefit of others. My heart felt condolences.

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  29. Our regional meetings will never be the same again without Mickey's smile and good humor. Somehow he always had a way to bring even the most difficult issues to consensus. Godspeed Mickey - we miss you!
    Marie Waldron
    City Councilmember, Escondido

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  30. My condolences go out to Cafagna family. My firm has had the pleasure of working with Kevin and Mickey over the past several years and we are saddened to hear of his passing. You are in our prayers during this time of mourning. The City of Poway has lost a true leader and visionary. Dan Barnett

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  31. Our prayers and sincere sympathy to the Cafagna family.

    He was a great Mayor!

    NBY and MJY
    Carriage Road, Poway, CA

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  32. Mickey the Mayor: You met him; you liked him. He was just that kind of guy -- likeable and loveable with a great sense of humor and that twinkle in his eye. He's smiling down on us all now and making people laugh up there. God bless him and his family.

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  33. I'll always have great memories of Micky...one in-particular A photo of My Dad and Mickey in grass hula skirts...very funny and scary at the same time. You'll be missed Mickey!

    Kurt Tull

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  34. Mickey Cafagna was a great regional leader and thinker for San Diego. He had a keen ability to bring people together to solve problems for the common good. Mickey alsways looked at the "big picture" and was instrumental in setting regional public policy.

    We have known Mickey for over 23 years and he was a good fiend. He had a keen sense of humor and understanding of the human spirit.

    Our deepest sympathy to Sharon and the entire family.

    Byron and Bridget Wear
    Point Loma

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  35. Christian Todesco and Family,

    I had the previledge of meeting w/ our Mayor in different times, it was always a pleasure.
    I will never forget his saying, "Christian your Italian accent remindes me a good Italian spaguetti and a fine wine".

    We will miss you.

    Our sympathies for his family,

    Christian, Miriam, Juliana and Andrea Todesco

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  36. Mayor Mickey Cafagna was a Great proponent and supporter of the Poway 4-H Club! He was 1 of many helping keep alive the meaning and true Tradition with our city slogan.
    "City in the Country"

    Our Condolences and Prayers go out to the Cafagna Family. He "WILL" be Missed!!!!

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  37. I will always remember Mickey for his entusiasm, diligent commitment to whatever task he became involved in but most of all his love for life and his fellow man. He had such an infectious smile that drew you in inspiring those around him. When I remember Mickey I will always visualize that smile. I had the pleasure of working with Mickey in Unico National and personally witnessing his amazing talents. Faye & I send our deepest sympathy and love to Sharon and the entire family. He will be missed dearly.

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  38. Phillip Rand, M.D.April 16, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    My condolences go out to the entire Cafagna family. Mother Phyllis, old friend and former patient, I am sorry for your loss.

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  39. Thank you for sharing your dear Mickey with all of us in Poway. I'm just a citizen, but have always been a grateful one. I have always been so confident in our civic affairs because people like Mr. Cafagna have been at the helm. I pray for your family as you travel through your loss. Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with us as a public servant and leader. Heather

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  40. I first met Mickey before my step-daughter's wedding, and he took my face in his hands and gave me two big kisses and a great big hug. And you knew when you were talking to him, he was listening to every word. His devotion to family, friends, and public service was admirable. He was my husband's favorite Uncle, and mine as well.
    Jenn Velasco-Cafagna and Marcus Cafagna

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  41. We had the pleasure of knowing Mickey for many years. We always looked foward to seeing him and Sharon at City and Chamber functions and catching up. Mickey's warm smile, hugs and friendly conversation always made us feel as though we were a part of his family. We will miss him greatly. Our hearts go out to Sharon and his family.
    Vicki & Dennis Gowey

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  42. To the entire Cafagna family, all patients over the past several years, our deepest sympathies. You were truly a welcome sight whenever you came to the office, and we will always hold a special place in our hearts for some of the nicest people we ever met.

    Gary & Daryl Saks

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  43. Poway is a wonderful city to raise a family in. Thanks to Mayor Cafagna and the City Council for making responsible choices and dedicated service. Our prayers go out to his friends and family.

    Thank You

    Steve and Rebecca Hawkes

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  44. I didnt know him very well, but the many years my mom has been with square one, you guys were practically family to us. I hope the best and my prayers go out to your whole family.

    Jordan Dozier

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  45. I met Mayor Cafagna only once. But that one time was really special. I had just returned from Iraq and my neighbor was hosting a little get together. The Mayor showed up almost at the end of the party. His intent was just to say hi to me and thank me for my service to our great country. What a pleasure and thrill it was for me. We have lost a fine Mayor and great American.

    May God bless the Mayor and his family.

    Emilio Vargas

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  46. Thank you Sir for serving our city so well. You will be missed.

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  47. As a resident of Poway (and a news reporter covering the city)in the 90s, I had the privilege of getting to know Mickey and Sharon on a personal basis. He was always so full of life and spirit. Through the years, I could always count on his big bear hugs whenever I saw him. From being an intelligent source for news articles, to being my teammate at many years of City vs Chamber softball games, Mickey was truly one of a kind. He will be missed!!!

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  48. Jim and Jeanette RoacheApril 17, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Mickey helped make Poway the beautiful community that it is and his leadership crossed over many boundries. He took care of things real well and now he will be watching over his loved City, family, and friends from above. He'll always be present. God Bless.

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  49. What a kind and gracious man! Mayor Cafagna was instrumential in getting this hotel in Poway. I met him at our grand opening where he was very supportive and said a few words to welcome everyone. It was obvious that he wanted to see the hotel succeed. Sharon, we will always be grateful to your family. Thank you.

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  50. Mike and Nancy HoeyApril 17, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    We met Mickey and his wife Sharon at the home of friends of ours in Escondido two years ago. They had arranged the meeting because both Mickey and my husband shared the same disease -- kidney cancer. Mickey's journey was just beginning and he wanted to meet us and talk to us about so many different aspects of this disease. We spent several hours together and felt like we were saying goodbye to a life long friend when the evening came to an end. We've kept in touch with Mickey via email and phone calls since and we are so sorry to hear that he's made his exit from this life. He supported me when I went to Washington DC to lobby for funding to find a cure for this cancer and to raise awareness. He gave me a picture of himself, his wife and his grandchildren to take with me and I personally delivered his request to our California Senators. He shared a copy of the personal reply he got from Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein. I know that his family and the people of Poway will miss him. We will hold him in our hearts as well.

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  51. I had the pleasure of working with Mickey several years ago at Square One Development. He always came to work with that big smile and optimistic attitude! He was a true gentleman, great family man and community leader who lived his life fully every day. He will be missed but he leaves a wonderful legacy. Our condolences to the family. Gary & Vicki Watts

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  52. My entire family would like to express our greatest sorrow for the Cafagna family. We met your family when our twins,(Tracey & Michelle were in middle school. As freshmen, Kevin & Tracey were on the dive team together at Poway High. Your family always treated ours graciously. We always thought highly of Mickey and the job he did on the council, and as mayor. I know all of you will miss him terribly. Our hearts and thoughts are, and have been with you since we read of his illness. I know he was a great example for Stacey and Kevin. I know you are all so proud of the life he lived.
    Our best to you, Sarah & Chris Christensen

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  53. We are proud residence of Poway would like to express our deepest sympathy to the Cafagna family.
    Thank you Mr. Cafagna for serving our city so well. The school, cleanliness, and safety of Poway make me never want to move out.
    Rest in peace, and I pray whoever becomes our next mayor will continue your great work!!
    The Box Family

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  54. Mickey was just one of a kind. That big smile and generous personality made him a public and private treasure. We will miss him and always remember him fondly. Our love to Sharon and family...may God bless and keep you. We are all better for having known him.
    Rose Marie & Allan Royster

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  55. My thoughts and prayers are with his loving family. Mickey helped in keeping our "Little City in the Country" a fine and wonderful place to live and he will not be forgotten. I liked this town ever since I moved here in 1983. Thanks Mickey.
    James L. Hopko

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  56. Rest in peace, Mayor Cafagna.

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  57. My thoughts and prayers goes out to Mickeys family.I will miss having a mayor who always remembered to hug his friends, and kiss the babies- love Ann mitchell

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  58. Mayor Cafagna was a good man and public servant in the purest sense. Thank you Mickey for your labor and service to Poway.
    John M.

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  59. I used to work with Mickey Cafagna at Square One Development several years ago. He was probably one of the most sincere men I have ever worked for. I'm sure he will be missed by his family and pray that one day you will seek peace and look back and smile again...

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  61. Condolence to the family of Mr. Mickey Cafagna. We are so saddened to hear about her passing. I think someone should make her a memorial page on evertalk

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