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Retired Boilermaker creates life-sized sculptures

Edward Goodhart, in his North Providence, Rhode Island, shop takes a break from detail work.

Goodhart’s work is on display in homes and churches

A BOY WIELDING a hockey stick, a Canadian Catholic saint, a colorful turtle — these are some of Local 29 (Boston) retiree Edward Goodhart’s creations. In the 10 years since his retirement, Goodhart has combined his Boilermaker skills with sculpting techniques to bring his ideas to life using metal, wood and stone at his North Providence, Rhode Island, home.

Locals  L-29

Former L-659 members create ‘baby’ Gateway Arch

Ed Atwood solicits comments from former Boilermakers who worked on the Gateway Arch project in the 1960s.

Builders of original monument dedicate structure near Warren, PA

A SMALL GROUP of former Boilermakers who helped build the nation’s tallest monument, the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch in St. Louis, can now look upon a 1/45 scale (14-foot-tall) version of the structure near Warren, Pennsylvania, the small town where they once worked on the famous project.

Locals  L-659
Reporter  V56N3

Retiree plugs the Boilermakers union on American Pickers

WILSON MULL, a retired member of L-29 (Boston), appears on the History Channel’s American Pickers and barters off some of his extensive collection of old signs and antique stoves.

Show’s hosts barter for antiques

WILSON MULL, A retired member of Local 29 (Boston), bartered on the air with the hosts of the History Channel’s American Pickers during a December episode of the show. In addition to making money by selling off antiques, he gave the Boilermakers a positive mention at the beginning of the show, taped at his Rochester, Massachusetts, home.

Locals  L-29
Reporter  V56N1

Retired Boilermaker creates art for charity

All donations for the calendar go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

FREDRICK W. MCDONALD, Jr. is using his passion for art to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The Local 83 (Kansas City, Missouri) retiree created a 2017 calendar with his original art, including some drawings of children, in an effort to help St. Jude advance its mission to find cures and to prevent pediatric diseases.

Locals  L-83
Reporter  V56N1

Retired L-169 member finds expression in poetry

Don Rojem, L-169, retired

“I WAS A mean kid,” admits Don Rojem, 86, a Michigan native and retired member of Local 169 (Detroit). “I just wasn’t cut out for school.”

After being twice kicked out for being a rebellious student, Rojem, at age 12, put formal education permanently behind him and began an adventure that ultimately led him to become a Boilermaker, a job he grew to love and would one day write about in a newfound passion for poetry.

Locals  L-169
Reporter  V55N1

Former Boilermakers get their due on Gateway Arch Builders’ Day

Former Boilermakers who helped build the Gateway Arch stand with a remnant of the actual stainless steel used in fabricating the monument sections. The men were on hand to celebrate Arch Builders Day in St. Louis Oct. 28.  Left to right, Ken Wright, Donald Chambers, Ike Erdman and Archie Brittain.  Walt Atwood photo

Local 659 members constructed monument sections in Warren, Pa.

A SMALL CONTINGENT of former Boilermakers who helped build sections of the Gateway Arch were on hand at the Missouri History Museum Oct. 28 to commemorate the “topping out” of the national monument in 1965.

Locals  L-659
Reporter  V54N4

L-13 retiree hunts big game

Local 13 (Philadelphia) retiree and former lodge president Jim Delsordo, left, with a gemsbok taken in South Africa in 2007.

JIM DELSORDO has followed his passion for big game hunting across North America and as far away as South Africa. The Local 13 (Philadelphia) retiree and former lodge president is pictured with a gemsbok taken in South Africa in 2007. He has also hunted in Newfoundland, Canada (caribou); Wyoming (mule deer and antelope); and North Carolina (whitetail). During other trips to South Africa, he has taken a fallow deer and a kudu.

Locals  L-13

Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

JOHN F. RIEL, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

Locals  L-1, L-60, L-83, L-647
Reporter  V54N3

L-D366 retirees cement relationships

L-D366 retirees attending the April 9, 2013 meeting included Marcel Aubin, Gerard Bastien, Maurice Berube, Egon Burke, Antonio Cabral, Antonio Carnevale, Gerry Colarusso, Frank Folcarelli, Nick Folcarelli, Emile Gilbert, Jose Goulart, Bob Halas, Les Illes, Giuseppe Iosue, Donald Ladouceur, Rosair e Lavoie, Danny Lenarduzzi, Verner Lessard, David Middleton, Ben Minino, Jimmy Pece, Pierre Pommainville, Nick Romeo, Raffaele Rummo, Drago Sabljak, Fausto Sciarra, Frank Skorija, Kiro Stojanoski, Attilio Ventresca

WHAT STARTED OUT as a loose network of retired Local D366 (Mississauga, Ontario) members that stayed in touch with one another has grown into something more, says Pierre Pommainville, who retired in 2009 from the Mississauga Cement Plant after 35 years. Pommainville organized a get-together for coffee back in 2010, and was pleased to see 15 retirees show up. That first event went so well that the group has more than doubled in size. Retirees from the Ogden Point Quarry are also part of the group.

Locals  L-D366
Reporter  V52N2

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