Gary Marcicano, who oversaw two statewide business groups and was active in the community, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, from an unexpected illness. He was 55.

The Clinton Township resident led the Michigan Business and Professional Association and the Michigan Food and Beverage Association since 2011, handling membership, sales, legislative efforts and insurance operation. He was responsible for organizing programs such as the Best & Brightest Companies to Work For in Metro Detroit and West Michigan, and health care reform symposiums, among other events. He also created the Michbusiness Awards, which celebrate and promote the success of Michigan businesses.

“Gary was a vibrant leader of our associations and we will miss him tremendously,” said Jennifer Kluge, president and CEO of both associations. “He touched thousands of lives of our members, the business community and local charities.”

Mr. Marcicano was also a leader in his community, volunteering at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Film Theatre and the Founders Junior Council. He was also a member of the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit and held board positions with the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce and International Visitors Council.

Prior to joining the MBPA and the MFBA, Mr. Marcicano was the general manager and COO of Long Family Auto Center and Al Long Ford in Warren.

He was born and raised in East Detroit and graduated from Lutheran High School East in 1977. He later graduated from Wayne State University.

“Our entire team was honored to work with such a dynamic and caring individual who gave back so much to our community,” said Kluge. “Gary’s genuine and authentic personality was certainly reflected in one of his last Facebook posts, which read, ‘Live every day of your life; you only get one life.’”

Mr. Marcicano is survived by his partner, John Ramirez; and sister Judy Bugaiski.

Visitation will be 3-9 p.m., Tuesday. A funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Wujek-Calcaterra and Sons Inc. in Sterling Heights.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral costs. The page can be found at

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