TwitterFacebookPinterestGoogle+

Former Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum’s father dead at 69

Jacksonville, Fla. — Tonight, the Gillum Family announced the passing of Mr. Charles “Sonny” Gillum in Jacksonville. Born June 4, 1949, he was 69 years old.

More information, including funeral arrangements, will be announced in the coming days.

Inquiries to the Gillum Family may be referred to Sharon Lettman-Hicks at slettmanhicks@andrewgillum.com.

Andrew Gillum, former Mayor of Tallahassee and 2018 Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee, shared the following thoughts about his father’s death:

“’The son of a school bus driver and a construction worker.’

“How many times have I said those words over the last two years?

“Today the life of that construction worker — my dad, Charles “Sonny” Gillum — came to a close. My father was among the best of men. Not because he was perfect, but because he was real.

“He got up every day to lay bricks and earn an honest living for his family. If it wasn’t construction work, you would find my dad selling fruits and vegetables on the street corner. My father never met a stranger. As a child, I would hate to run errands with him because he couldn’t make it a few feet without striking up a conversation with anyone who looked ever slightly in his direction. At my college graduation, the family joke was that dad got so impatient with the length of the program, he made his way practically around Bragg Stadium talking to whomever would lend an ear. His phrase — while rubbing his hands together — was, ‘So many people, so little time!’

“I will miss my dad terribly. But I know that he is in a better place. He signed off every phone call with me saying, ‘Be good, check your surroundings, and don’t forget to pray.’

“My prayer tonight is that he finds peace beyond our understanding until we meet again.

“Love you daddy.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

VIDEO NEWS

National Politics

Police officer in ‘I can’t breathe’ death won’t be charged

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won’t bring criminal charges against…

House Democrats’ racially charged infighting escalates

An all-out racially charged fight within the House Democratic Caucus escalated Saturday when an African…

Top Puerto Rican officials resign over profanity-laced chat

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Saturday that his…

U.S. Reps. Val Demings, Al Lawson, and Alma Adams Introduce HUD Inspection Act of 2019

ORLANDO, FL – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12), and Rep.…

STATE & LOCAL POLITICS

Florida's First Lady Casey DeSantis to visit First Coast High School in Jacksonville Monday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– First Lady Casey DeSantis will visit First Coast High School on Monday, July…

Getting to Know Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill: “It all started with a park bench.”

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - If I told you it was a park bench that…

Senator Linda Stewart Urges Orlando and Orange County Mayors To Join South Miami In Sanctuary City Lawsuit

ORLANDO, Fla. – Eyeing what she sees as overreach by the federal government to combat a…

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the Florida Commission on Ethics

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of John Grant and the reappointment…

FNN SPORTS

  • Chioma Ubogagu runs the ball against Portland Thorns FC at Orlando City Stadium Saturday, May 11, 2019. Photo: Willie David/Florida National News.
    ORLANDO (FNN SPORTS) - Portland Thorns FC Rout Orlando Pride 3-1 at Home (Photo: Willie David/Florida National News)

MORE SPORTS NEWS

Pride Mount Comeback But Fall in Stoppage to Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. - Orlando Pride (2-9-2, 8 points) erased a two-goal deficit, including a 90th-minute equalizer,…

Orlando Pride to Celebrate World Cup Champions Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris on Tuesday Night

ORLANDO, Fla. – After helping lead the U.S. Women’s National Team to its fourth FIFA…

Joel Smeenge Named No. 24 On Jagaurs All-25

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former Jaguars DE Joel Smeenge has been named No. 24 on the…

Daytona International Speedway to Launch Fireworks Extravaganza on Wednesday Night

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway is going to finish its Independence Day holiday…

Philadelphia Union’s Explosive Plays Rout Orlando City 3-1 at Home

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - Orlando City wasted no time upon their return home against…

It begins: NBA free agency finally starts Sunday

Kawhi Leonard is planning meetings in Los Angeles. Kevin Durant will do the same in…

BUSINESS NEWS

MORE BUSINESS NEWS

Celebration is Chick-fil-A’s largest, single-day customer appreciation event

ATLANTA, Ga. – Get your cow costumes ready – Chick-fil-A is celebrating its 15th annual…

[WATCH] Nourishing Biologicals Launches Four-Piece Flagship Product Line

SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Nourishing Biologicals, a science-based skin care company created to fight and…

Getting to Know Sutherlin Nissan Co-Owner “U.S. Marine”

WINTER PARK, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - “U.S. Marine,” the man who owns Sutherlin Nissan, pretty…

Trump Delays Imposing Tariffs on Auto Imports and Parts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Caught in a sprawling trade dispute with U.S. rival China, President Donald…

US to Add 30,000 Seasonal Worker Visas as Soon as This Week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration plans to allow 30,000 more foreign workers temporarily into…

Shark Tank Star Daymond John, DWTS's Lindsay Arnold, Joey Fatone to Host Runway to Hope 2019 Gala

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Runway to Hope co-founder Attorney Mark NeJame announced on Facebook Wednesday…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

  • Oscar-nominated Lebanese film director Nadine Labaki, the 2019 Un Certain Regard President for the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, speaks in a special interview during Kering's "Women In Motion" in Cannes, France May 16, 2019. Photo: Patience Eding/Another Concept Magazine/Florida National News.
    CANNES, France (FNN NEWS) - 2019 Cannes Film Festival: Pioneer Lebanese Oscar-Nominated Director Talks Women in Motion (Photo: Patience Eding/Another Concept Magazine/Florida National News)

MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Disney Skyliner Takes Flight Sept. 29, 2019, at Walt Disney World

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Disney Skyliner will begin carrying guests high above Walt Disney…

The Super-Busy Person’s Guide to the Top 10 Summer Movies of 2019

ORLANDO (FNN NEWS) - Is the July Florida heat getting to your head? Need something…

South Korea’s Top 3 Entertainment Companies Face an Intense Month of Scandals

SEOUL, South Korea (FNN NEWS) - South Korea’s top three entertainment companies, YG Entertainment, SM Entertainment,…

Singer and Songwriter Darius Rucker Visits Walt Disney World Resort

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Singer and songwriter Darius Rucker poses with Woody during his visit…

‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Will Blow You Away [Spoiler-Free Review]

Netflix hit series Stranger Things has finally released its third season, and it's just as amazing…

Toy Story 4 repeats at No. 1 over Annabelle, Yesterday

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Toy Story 4” hung onto the top spot in its second…

LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL & TOURISM

  • “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood” star Brad Pitt is all smiles on the 2019 Cannes Film Festival red carpet for the film's premiere Tuesday, May 21. Photo: Patience Eding/Another Concept Magazine/Florida National News.
    CANNES, France (FNN NEWS) - [PHOTOS] 2019 Cannes Film Festival: ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ Stars Electrify the Red Carpet (Photo: Patience Eding/Another Concept Magazine/Florida National News)

MORE LIFESTYLE NEWS

Disney Skyliner Takes Flight Sept. 29, 2019, at Walt Disney World

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Disney Skyliner will begin carrying guests high above Walt Disney…

Before You Go: 5 Powerful Things You Must Know to Conquer College

College life can be rough, especially if you’re in a dorm or moved out on…

[OPINION] Tampering with Our Food is a Crime!

Thanks to social media, it seems a new fad or trend emerges every other month.…

Singer and Songwriter Darius Rucker Visits Walt Disney World Resort

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Singer and songwriter Darius Rucker poses with Woody during his visit…

[OPINION] Why are We Voting on Whether LGBTQ Parents Can Adopt? Let Them.

The debate for LGBTQ+ rights rages on, and whether or not they should be able…

Celebration is Chick-fil-A’s largest, single-day customer appreciation event

ATLANTA, Ga. – Get your cow costumes ready – Chick-fil-A is celebrating its 15th annual…