Retired SIUNA VP Orlando Passes Away at Age 91


April 2015


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Mike Orlando, a retired vice president of the Seafarers International Union of North America (SIUNA) and former president of the Atlantic Fishermen’s Union, died of natural causes Jan. 29 in his native Gloucester, Massachusetts. He was 91.


Orlando, who also at various points in his career served as a port agent and representative, worked for the SIU (directly and through the SIUNA-affiliated Atlantic Fishermen) from 1962 until his retirement in 1987. The Atlantic Fishermen merged into the SIU in 1980.


“Mike was a great guy,” stated SIU Secretary-Treasurer David Heindel. “He was always pleasant and was very well respected by the membership.”


Former SIU Port Agent Gerard Dhooge worked with Orlando for several years in Gloucester.


“He was a wonderful guy,” Dhooge recalled. “He was well-known and wellrespected in the fishing, labor and political communities here in Massachusetts. Mike was very intelligent and he was like a father or grandfather to many, helping people whenever he could. He exemplified everything you’d want in a union official.”


Orlando was a decorated U.S. Army veteran who served in the Pacific and European theaters in World War II. He was in the invasion force on D-Day at Omaha Beach and also fought as part of General Patton’s Third Army at the Battle of the Bulge. He was injured twice in combat.


Online remembrances described Orlando as a dedicated family man and avid baseball fan. In addition to his wife of 69 years, Phyllis, he is survived by two sons, a daughter, 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, among others.


Burial took place at Calvary Cemetery in Gloucester. Contributions may be made in Orlando’s name to Shriners Hospital for Children – Boston, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114 or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. Online condolences may be posted at



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