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Retired IVP-Eastern Canada Ed Power passes away

Retired IVP-Eastern Canada Ed Power passes away

May 13, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that retired IVP-Eastern Canada Ed Power passed away on Saturday, May 11.

Ed dedicated himself to making our Brotherhood better up to the very last days of his life. He began his Boilermaker career in 1975 at Local 128 (Toronto, Ontario) as an apprentice construction Boilermaker and held a variety of local lodge offices before being elected business manager in 1992. He held that position for 11 years before being appointed as an International Rep in 2003.


Tribute to a dedicated leader: Remembering Past IVP-Western Canada Richard “Rick” Albright

Retired IVP-Western Canada Richard “Rick” Albright

RETIRED IVP-WESTERN CANADA Richard “Rick” Albright was well-known for his fun-loving sense of humor, his energy, his gritty determination, and his devotion to the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers — a dedication that extended well beyond his retirement in 2005. The Boilermakers lost a loyal Brother and tenacious champion for Boilermakers in Canada when Albright passed away last summer at his home in Phoenix, Arizona, after a lengthy battle with multiple myeloma.


John Cammuso passes

John Cammuso

Former Babcock Power manager was familiar face to Boilermakers

JOHN CAMMUSO, WHOSE lengthy career in the construction industry included serving as Babcock Power’s manager of power plant construction nationwide, died in Worcester, Massachusetts Jan. 2. He was 87.

Reporter  V58N1

Retired IVP-NE Michael Murphy passes

RETIRED NORTHEAST SECTION International Vice President Michael S. Murphy passed away Nov. 27. He was 71. He retired Sept. 1, 2004 after 36 years as a Boilermaker member. Murphy was the father of former IVP-NE Sean Murphy.

Locals  L-154
Reporter  V56N4

'Dean of Boilermakers' John Skermont passes

JOHN J. SKERMONT, 1947-2016

Retired Local 1 member served 25 years as BM-ST

JOHN J. SKERMONT, A retired 45-year member of Local 1 (Chicago) who served 25 years as the lodge’s BM-ST, passed away September 13 at the age of 69. He is survived by his wife Susan (nee Christy); three daughters, Patricia (Daniel) Pohrte, Amy (Gabriel) Cuevas, and Jaclyn (Kristopher) Lunquist; grandchildren John, Lola, Mckinley, Max, Juno and Margot; and sisters Kathleen (Robert) Mrugala and Peggy ( Jack) Crotty.

Locals  L-1
Reporter  V55N3

Gary Prochnow passes away

Sept. 2, 1952 - Jan. 1, 2014

GARY PROCHNOW, 61, the retired Director of Industrial Sector Services & Organizing and Special Assistant to the International President, passed away Jan. 1, 2014. A resident of Surprise, Ariz., he is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Kay) Prochnow, eight children, two grandchildren, and two brothers.

An Army veteran, Gary earned a B.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and was employed for 17 years with the National Labor Relations Board. He joined the Boilermakers in 1994 as an organizer.

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Reporter  V53N1

Boilermakers union leader, Golden Gloves boxer Michael ‘Woody’ Wood dead at 93

IVP Michael “Woody” Wood

HIS GOLDEN GLOVES fists helped him fight for his union — and feed his family.

Michael “Woody” Wood grew up in Humboldt Park, the oldest of four children of Russian and Polish Jews. His father worked for a clothing workers’ union.

Young Woody’s neighborhood was “a hothouse for gangsters,” according to a 1939 Chicago Daily News story. It produced outsized personalities and talents like movie-maker Mike Todd and authors Nelson Algren and Saul Bellow. Kids there learned to keep their wits sharp and their dukes up.

Reporter  V52N3

Retired IST Charles Moran dies

Charles F. (Chick) Moran

Served as IVP for 14 years

CHARLES F. (CHICK) Moran, who served the Brotherhood as an International vice president and International secretary-treasurer during a 26-year span, passed away December 7 at his home in Menlo Park, Calif. He was 94.

Locals  L-29
Reporter  V50N4

Retired IVP-WS Don Lacefield passes away at age 71

IVP (ret.) Donnie “Don” R. Lacefield

DONNIE RAY LACEFIELD, 71, a retired International Vice President for the Western States Section, passed away Sept. 26, 2011, in Flagstaff, Ariz. He is survived by his wife, Betty.

Lacefield began his Boilermaker career in 1963 as an apprentice in Denver Local 101. In 1967, he became the first apprentice to graduate from the Missouri Valley agreement’s apprentice program. He was appointed assistant business manager and dispatcher for the lodge in 1970 and was elected business manager/secretary-treasurer two years later.

Locals  L-101
Reporter  V50N3

We mourn the loss of our brother, Abe Breehey

Abe Breehey

Congress and AFL-CIO pay tribute to his life and work

THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD of Boilermakers is mourning the death of Abraham “Abe” Breehey, 34, who passed away April 14 at a Falls Church, Va., hospital from a recently discovered brain tumor and a subsequent stroke.

Reporter  V50N2

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