Michael Sacco, 86, passed away on December 28, 2023 of natural causes surrounded by his family.
A proud son of Brooklyn, New York, born to Antonio and Gaetana Sacco. He is survived by his Wife Sophie, Daughter Valerie Moore, Son John Sacco, Daughter Angela Baker, Daughter Anne Marie Fry, 16 Beautiful Grandchildren and 6 Great-Grandchildren, Sisters Ida DiCanio and Marie Sacco.
Mike served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1958 before joining the Seafarers in 1958 and working aboard U.S.-flag merchant vessels. In 1960, he came ashore to serve the SIU in a succession of union posts, including those of patrolman, port agent and headquarters representative. He served as vice president of the Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship from 1968 to 1979 and helped prepare the next generation of merchant mariners.
From 1980 to 1988, Mike directed the SIU’s Atlantic, Gulf, Lakes and Inland Waters division as vice president, and in June 1988, the Seafarers International Union of North America Executive Board appointed him president, a post he masterfully helmed for nearly 35 years. His steadfast service as SIU president and president of the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO, brought security and stability to the Seafarers, and solidarity with the numerous maritime trade unions. His leadership was an inspiration to the entire labor movement.
In November 1991, Mike was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council, beginning his distinguished tenure as its longest-serving member. His big personality and even bigger heart were relentless in ensuring that working people had a seat at the table in every boardroom and that their voices were heard in every hall of power. Nobody fought harder for our nation’s rank-and-file working people than Mike.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tony Sacco Memorial Scholarship Fund, Charleston Port & Seafarers Society or St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital.
Services: Visitation – Friday, January 5, 2023 Kutis Funeral Home 5255 Lemay Ferry St. Louis, MO. 63129 from 3pm – 8pm
Funeral Mass – Saturday January 6, 2023 St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 4556 Telegraph Rd. St. Louis, MO 63129 at 11:00am