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Utah’s working families say goodbye to Ed Mayne ABC4 Utah

A long line of people gathered at the Union Labor Center on Redwood Road to pay their last respects to Ed Mayne. The Utah state senator and president of the state AFL-CIO passed away Sunday at the age of 62.

His friends explain why the turnout was so large,” AFL-CIO president Jim Judd says,” Ed had a passion that he threw into everything that he did whether it was serving on a county council, being the president of the state AFL-CIO or being a state senator, he touched so many lives.”

Many of those who were touched by Mayne waited patiently to say goodbye Wednesday night. Two firefighting honor guards flanked Mayne’s open casket, while his wife Karen greeted the well-wishers. Mayne was a fearless legislator and labor leader who always stood tall for working men and women. Mike Fredrickson of the Salt Lake City Fire Department says,” He was a gentle giant that could reach across party lines. He was a Democrat but all the Republicans liked him too. He was just a great man.”

Firefighters on watch

Many people Wednesday night called Ed Mayne a great man, but his daughter Jamie just called him dad. She told us what she’ll miss the most about her father. Jamie Jennings says,” Probably his heart. He fought for everything he believed in to the very last breath. He helped the people who couldn’t help themselves.” Mike Fredrickson says,” That was his motto. To make sure that every working man got their wages and working conditions taken care of.”

The crowds are expected to be even larger Thursday night when visitation is held at the state capitol. Mayne will be buried Friday in West Valley. (full article / video)