NORWALK, Conn. Guillermo L. Arteaga, a former Common Council member, justice of the peace and entrepreneur, died last week in Norwalk Hospital. He was 59. Arteaga was born in Itagui, Colombia, and immigrated to Norwalk in 1977.
He was an active member of the Republican Party in District C and served from 1995 to 1997 and 1999 to 2001 on Norwalk's Common Council as well as a justice of the peace from 1995. He also sat on the Human Relations Commission, Charter Revision Commission, Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now's board of directors and the Affordable Housing Task Force created by the council and the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce. He was most recently on Norwalk's Zoning Board of Appeals. Arteaga also served on the Norwalk Senior Center's board of directors.
Arteaga purchased and ran his own machine company, Advanced Machine & Tool Co., from 1988 until his death. His thirst for knowledge accompanied him through his education at Norwalk State Technical College and Housatonic Community College and led him to seek out continuing education courses throughout his life. A lifelong sports fan, he passed on his love for the New York Mets as well as his passion for soccer to his sons.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Olga; his two sons, Juan Guillermo of Goshen, N.Y., and Andres Felipe of Hamden; his daughters-in-law Monica and Lauren; his mother-in-law Maria Consuela Mira; brothers Hernan of Medellin, Colombia, and Jose of Bridgeport; and sisters Rosa Alba of Florida, Luzelena and Mariela of Medellin, Colombia, and Marta of North Carolina. He is also survived by 17 nieces and 17 nephews.
Burial was at St. John's Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Norwalk Hospital Intensive Care Unit, 34 Maple St., Norwalk, CT 06856.
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