Obituaries

John Cardinale, Sonoma Raceway executive; at 47

SONOMA, Calif. — John Cardinale, a longtime employee of Sonoma Raceway who was beloved for his tireless efforts to make the race day experience wonderful for anyone who ever visited, has died.

He was 47.

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Sonoma Raceway announced Friday that Mr. Cardinale, its vice president of communications, had died a day earlier following a two-year battle with gastric cancer.

He died at home surrounded by his family, the raceway said.

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Steve Page, raceway president and general manager, said Mr. Cardinale’s passing left ‘‘a hole in the heart of this organization.’’ Page also recalled Mr. Cardinale ‘‘as true a friend, as loyal a colleague, as devoted a husband and father and as fine a human being as you could ever hope to know.’’

Mr. Cardinale leaves his wife, Andrea, and two daughters.

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