90-year-old West Hollywood councilman dies

One of the oldest elected officials in the country – 90-year-old Sal Guariello – was a member of the West Hollywood City Council. KPCC’s Cheryl Devall says his colleagues are mourning his unexpected death today.

One of the oldest elected officials in the country – 90-year-old Sal Guariello – was a member of the West Hollywood City Council. KPCC’s Cheryl Devall says his colleagues are mourning his unexpected death today.

Cheryl Devall: For more than 14 years, Sal Guariello reveled in his work as a city councilman. That elected job capped a long career as an insurance agent and many years on a range of civic boards and commissions.

Fellow council members say Guariello also was a strong supporter of West Hollywood’s sizable Russian-speaking and gay and lesbian communities. Sal Guariello served in the U.S. Army as a medic during World War II, and he led the effort to establish a veterans’ memorial in the city he’d called home for 45 years.

West Hollywood spokeswoman Helen Goss said he was very passionate about helping people. Voters elected Guariello to his fourth council term two years ago, and Goss said he was active on the job until a few days ago.

During his 90th birthday party last month, she asked him how he’d lived with such gusto for so long. Guariello replied, “never stop working.”

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