Track worker dies of coronavirus, 'didn't even make it to the baby's first birthday'

Juan Diaz
Posted at 5:08 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 05:25:33-04

NEW YORK — A father of two and a track worker has died of coronavirus, union officials said Wednesday.

Juan Diaz, 41, was a track worker. His brother, who works as a bus operator in Queens, said Diaz "made the ultimate sacrifice for this job."

Diaz had a 4-year-old child and a baby, his brother said.

"He didn't even make it to the baby's first birthday," his brother said. "We're all devastated."

Diaz worked for Chase Bank for years before he joined New York City Transit in 2016. He loved the Knicks, Yankees and Giants.

"He was the kind of guy everyone would love to have a beer with, and now he's gone," his brother said.

Track Vice Chair Nick Danza said Diaz was "a really nice guy, a gentleman, a quiet young man, everyone liked him. I remember he had a child last year and I helped with the process of getting his paid paternity leave. This is terrible."