Sal Guarriello, 90, West Hollywood councilman; Jack McCoy, 72, stock-car driver; Michael Wise, 64, S & L scandal figure; Maurice Druon, 90, French author; Nate Dolin, 95, ex-Cleveland Indians exec
Sal Guarriello joined the West Hollywood City Council in 1990 and was reelected four times, most recently in 2007. He was instrumental in the creation of the citys veterans memorial at Holloway Park in 2003. (City of West Hollywood)
Sal Guarriello, 90, a longtime West Hollywood city councilman who was elected in 1990, died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a sudden illness, West Hollywood Mayor Jeff Prang announced.
A former insurance agent, Guarriello and his wife, Rita, moved to West Hollywood in 1964, 20 years before the city incorporated.
He joined the Coalition for Economic Survival, a tenant-rights group, in 1983 and three years later became part of its steering committee. An advocate for rent control and affordable housing, Guarriello also was named to the West Hollywood Community Housing Corp.'s board of directors in 1986.
After his initial election to the City Council, Guarriello was reelected four times, most recently in 2007. He was instrumental in the creation of the city's veterans memorial at Holloway Park in 2003.
Salvatore J. Guarriello was born March 2, 1919, in New York and grew up in the city's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. He served as an Army medic during World War II.
His wife, who served on the West Hollywood Planning Commission, died in 1997.
Key figure in S&L scandal in 1980s
Michael Wise, 64, a key figure in the 1980s savings and loan scandal, jumped to his death April 8 in Florida.
Wise jumped from the ninth level of a parking garage at Tampa International Airport, said Henry Poage, a spokesman for the Hillsborough County, Fla., medical examiner's office. Wise was taken to a hospital, but died in the emergency room.
Wise had served as chairman of Denver-based Silverado Savings and Loan Assn., whose 1988 collapse attracted attention for its $1-billion cost to taxpayers and the makeup of its board of directors, which included Neil Bush, son of then-Vice President George H.W. Bush. A jury acquitted Wise of criminal charges in connection with that failure, but he was banned from banking for life.
He later pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $9 million from investors in an Aspen, Colo., mortgage business and served 3 1/2 years in federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan.
After his release from prison, Wise moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., where he worked for the parent company of CFIC Home Mortgage.
Born Aug. 31, 1944, in San Francisco, Wise spent most of his early years in Kansas. He graduated in 1967 from Emporia State University in eastern Kansas and was a clothing salesman before working his way up the ladder at a savings and loan in Emporia.
French author, Resistance fighter
Maurice Druon, 90, a French author, fighter for France's World War II Resistance movement and writer of one of its anthems, died of cardiovascular problems Tuesday in Paris, French authorities said. He was 90.