Pieter Jr. Spiering

Spiering, Pieter Jr. of Aylmer passed away in Sudbury on Monday, April 17, 2023 in his 28th year. Dear son of Peter and Sue (Anderson) Spiering of Aylmer. He will be missed by his sisters Chris Spiering of Thamesville, Sherry Rozon(Nathan) of Hamilton and Jessica Klassen-Wiebe(Mack) of Aylmer. Survived by his nieces and nephews: Michael, Emily, Jace, Greyson, Amari, Reese, Teo, Evey, Solomon, Lily, Lawrie and Rosie. Also survived by his nanny Ann Anderson and many aunts and uncles.  Born in St. Thomas, Ontario on October 20, 1995. Pieter was a hard worker and was proud to have received his Ironworkers Journeyman certificate and was a member of Iron Workers Union Local 721. He traveled as an Ironworker and because of his love for the outdoors, would often camp out when working.

Obituary of Pieter Jr. Spiering (

Passed away on April 17, 2023
Born October 20, 1995
Joined September 1, 2018
Journeyman – Ironworker

Denis Joseph Battah

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our cherished Dad, Husband, Grandpa and Friend, Denis Joseph Battah, age 67, of Courtice, Ontario on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

He was born in Toronto, Ontario on June 23, 1955, to the late Henry and Jeanne Battah.

The heart and soul of his family, he was a loving and devoted husband to Cathy (nee Moore), incredible Dad to Kaileigh (Matt), Ally and Jaynene (Pete), Grandpa to Shayden and Grandpa Denis to Layla, Jasper, Zoe, Ruby and Louise, and a loyal friend to everybody. We also can’t forget his beloved rescue dog, Meeka. Known for his tender heart, crooked smile, generosity, compassion, and ability to fix just about anything, he was a loving brother to Bernice (Ron) and Janet (Danny, Mark, Dave, Bill, Ginger) and the late Paul (Leanne).

His magnetic personality drew everyone to him. His positive attitude and comforting presence will be missed by all that knew him. His love for his family was immeasurable. Denis could be described as a jack of all trades, skilled with his hands, a practical problem solver and always willing to help a friend.

He was proud to have worked hard as a welder and Ironworker with Local 721. To know him was to love him as witnessed by his loyal friendships with childhood friends and former colleagues. Most importantly, his acts of kindness have touched many lives. He loved unconditionally and was the fierce protector of those he loved.

He left home at the age of 17 (or maybe it was 18) on his Moto Guzzi headed west and spent many years having adventures and working all over Western Canada before heading back to Ontario in 1986. For many years he was a devoted Harley Davidson rider but, in his retirement, he jumped ship and moved onto a Honda Goldwing and never looked back.

He got married for the first and only time on May 14th, 2022, at the age of 66 after finally finding the love of his life, Cathy.

He has always been and will continue to be a pillar of strength for his family. His unwavering determination and resilience throughout his journey with his illness has made him a hero to all those who knew him. His humor, humble ways, integrity, and kindness will live on forever through all of us. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Denis wished for everyone to be together to remember the good times, share stories and celebrate his life.

Please join us on Monday, April 24, 2023, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Courtice Funeral Chapel, 1587 Hwy 2, Courtice, Ontario for an open house celebration including light snacks and a bar.

Denis Battah – Dignity Memorial

Passed away on April 18, 2023
Born June 23, 1955
Joined April 1, 1986
Lifetime – Ironworker

Sean Van Rooyen

Come help us celebrate the life of Sean Van Rooyen (April 11, 1970 – May 23, 2022) and share memories of him.

He’d like the memory of him to be a happy one.

Of happy times and laughing times of bright and sunny days.

He’d like the tears of those that grieve to dry before the sun.

Of happy times he leaves behind when life if done.

Please RSVP by April 7, 2023 by invitation or email:

Finger foods, refreshments, and Krispy Kreme donuts will be served.

Sat. Apr. 15  1:00pm – 4:00pm EDT

German Canadian Club Hansa (Hansa Haus)
6650 Hurontario St
Mississauga, ON L5W 1N3

Americo Giallonardo

Americo Giallonardo passed away peacefully on March 22, 2023, at the age of 89, with his family’s love in his heart. Americo is now reunited with his beloved wife Mattia in heaven. Cherished father of Mario (Bridget), Rosemary (the late Rino) and Rickey. Adored Nonno of Christina (Marco), Liana (Dan), Robert, Alyssa and Ariana. Treasured Bisnonno of Michael and Ella. Americo will be deeply missed by his entire family and all who knew him. His light will continue to guide them as he remains in their hearts forever.

Passed away on March 22, 2023
Born November 24, 1933
Joined March 1, 1984
Lifetime – Finisher

George Brown


Passed away on March 14, 2023
Born April 9, 1937
Joined November 1, 1964
Lifetime – Ironworker

Leonard Townson

Passed away on March 2, 2023
Born March 14, 1930
Joined June 1, 1951
Lifetime – Ironworker

Frank Morris

Of Barrie, ON, passed away peacefully at Grove Park Home in Barrie,  on Saturday, October 8th 2022 in his 84th year.

Loving father of Willow-Sage Braden (Paul), Joseph Morris, James Morris (Claire), Christine Morris and daughter-in-law Lana Madden.  Cherished grandfather of Camelia-Marie, Will, Giovanni, Antonio, Jenna, Joseph, Brienna and Cameran.  Dear great-grandfather of Juliena, Hannah, Nate, Andrew, Paige, James, Jesse and Brooklyn.  Grand-daughter-in-law of Andrea Shaw.

Frank will always be fondly remembered and missed by his brothers, sisters, relatives and friends.

Passed away on October 8, 2022
Born June 22, 1939
Joined June 1, 1989
Lifetime – Ironworker

Manuel Da Costa

Passed away on March 12, 2023
Born July 11, 1933
Joined June 1, 1968
Lifetime – Ironworker


James Armstrong

James Thomas Armstrong passed away February 4 2023 at Mathew’s House Hospice Alliston Ontario in the early morning hours.

James Armstrong was born in West Caledonia Nova Scotia , he was son of the late Arthur Guy & Hilda Claire(Conway) Armstrong.

James’s friends called him Jimmy . Jimmy worked for a lot of years driving truck for Zander’s Sod . Later he worked as a Shop Stewart for the Iron Workers Union for many years . Then returned to Zander’s Sod working til he was in his 70’s. He then retired battling vision issues, skin cancer, & dementia.

He also enjoyed fishing , horse races & , working on cars in his garage while socializing with his many friends . He also helped his friends & family with car problems, snow blower (small engine repairs) in his spare time. He was the type of man that would never say no if you needed his help.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Mary (Strang) his daughters Nancy (Paul) of Peterborough Ontario, Charlene of Alliston Ontario & Carla of Angus Ontario. He has one grandson Chad Stewart son of Randy Stewart(Charlotte). His sisters Doris Carver of Harmony, Rosanna Terpstra (John) of Barrie Ontario. His brother Terry ( Marge)of Prince Rupert BC.

He was pre deceased by his sisters Marilyn Annesty, Helen Thompson, Jean Andrews, & infant sister Carolyn, His brothers Robert, Charles ,Guy Jr. , Danny & Gary.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of W. John Thomas Funeral Home Alliston Ontario.

Celebration of life will be held in June for family & friends, exact day to be determined.

Passed away on February 4, 2023
Born June 17, 1939
Joined November 1, 1985
Lifetime – Ironworker

Neil Despins

Passed away on January 14, 2023
Born June 13, 1986
Joined June 1, 2022
Journeyman – Sheeter

James S. Ellis

Celebration of Life for James (Jimmy) Ellis

Will be held on February 4, 2023  from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

It will be located at Toronto Celtic Supporters Club – Scarborough Chapter, 2220 Midland Ave, Unit 27 Scarborough, ON M1P 3E6

Jimmy Ellis has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Our father was a very humble man.  As per his wishes, our family is holding a Celebration of Life ceremony instead of a traditional funeral. We invite you to join us at his favourite spot, the Toronto Celtic Supporters Club, where we’ll raise a glass to his life and legacy.  YNWA

P.S. The family would like to offer you a drink in Jimmy’s memory, however, anything beyond that can be purchased at the Club’s “Cash Only” bar.

Passed away on January 15, 2023
Born August 24, 1932
Joined April 1, 1967
Lifetime – Finisher

Raymond J. Slaney

Passed away on January 4, 2023
Born March 4, 1948
Joined September 1, 1984
Lifetime – Ironworker

Gilles Bergeron

Passed away on December 19, 2022
Born November 13, 1946
Joined August 1, 1974
Lifetime – Ironworker

Patrick Bouillet

Passed away on December 14, 2022
Born January 6, 1960
Joined March 1, 2022
Journeyman – Structural Ironworker

Jeremiah Richard

Passed away on November 27, 2022
Born August 18, 1979
Joined June 1, 2022
Probationary – Ironworker

Roy Wedge

Passed away on November 25, 2022
Born December 9, 1941
Joined April 1, 1975
Lifetime – Structural Ironworker

Luigi Bacchin

God called Luigi peacefully on December 6, 2022 at the age of 79. He will be forever missed by his loving wife, Maria. Cherished by his dear children, Daniela, and Matthew (Katie). Proud Nonno to Oliver, Zayne, and Mia Bella. Luigi will always be remembered by his siblings Antonietta, Anna (Frank) and Gianni (Francesca), and is reunited in Heaven with his parents and siblings. He will be held dear in the hearts of his family, relatives, and many friends. If so desired, donations in memory of Luigi may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Visitations will take place at the Vescio Funeral Home Woodbridge Chapel (8101 Weston Rd. 905-850-3332) on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. The Memorial Service will be held at Vescio Funeral Home (8101 Weston Rd., south of Langstaff Rd.) on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. The placement of Luigi’s ashes will take place at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery (on Hwy 27., south of Hwy 7.) on Tuesday, December 20th, 2022, after the Memorial Service.–bacchin/5096295/index.php

Passed away on December 6, 2022
Born August 7, 1943
Joined Aug 1, 1973
Lifetime – Finisher

Raymond Thibodeau

Raymond Thibodeau, beloved husband of the late Elaine O’Sullivan, left us on December 17, 2022.

He was the cherished Dad of Toni (Kevin), Michael (Shelly), Amanda (Doug), Lucia (Rice), Jeremy (Rhonda), Matthew (Janice), and Cait (Jeff); Pépère of Dan, Emma (Andrew), Eleanor (Caelan), Nic, Brenna, Kaya, Lauren (Rob), Taren (Alyssa), Jack, Madeline, Tadhg, Olivia, and Ciaran; Grand-père of Owen, Ethan, Ezra, and Rowan.

Dad never let us leave without a warm hug, a sloppy scratchy beard kiss, and an I love you.

Raymond had a sense of adventure, and loved travel and new experiences. He could walk into a room of strangers and within an hour have everyone gathered around listening to his stories and slightly risqué jokes. Raymond possessed a zest for life and an energy that will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Sincere thanks to the staff of Med1 at the Oromocto Public Hospital for their care and compassion during this difficult time.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

For those who wish, donations in memory of Raymond may be made to the CNIB Guide Dogs.

Passed away on December 17, 2022
Born June 16, 1932
Joined June 1, 1957
Lifetime – Ironworker

Albino De Jesus

On Wednesday November 16, 2022, Albino De Jesus passed away at the age of 84 years at the Toronto Western Hospital.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, Palmira De Jesus; his son Bruno (wife Valerie) and daughter Nordence (husband Paulo). Albino will also be missed by his six grandchildren (Michael, Alexandra, David, Justin, Adrian and Max).

Passed away on November 16, 2022
Born February 26 1938
Joined December 1, 1961
Lifetime – Structural Ironworker

Casey Van Leeuwen

VAN LEEUWEN, Casey Joseph of Angus, ON, passed away peacefully at his home, on Monday, November 14th 2022, in his 74th year.
Beloved husband of Rosemarie. Loving father of Veronica and Stephanie. Cherished opa of Taylor, Nathan, Teya, Rowan, Blaze and Case.
Dear brother of Bill (Norma), Jack (Gail), Thea, Nellie (Laura), Joe (Debbie) and Maria (Hideo). Loved brother-in-law of Bruce Kooch (Sally), John Balunda and Donna Van Leeuwen. Predeceased by his brothers John and Nick.

Casey will always be remembered and sadly missed by his many nephews, nieces relatives and friends.

At Casey’s and the family’s request, cremation has taken place.
A memorial gathering to celebrate Casey’s life will take place on Sunday, November 20th 2022 from 1:00pm-4:00pm on the 2nd level of the Angus Recreation Centre
8529 County Road 10, Angus, ON

Casey Van Leeuwen Obituary – Angus, ON | Steven R. Bridge Funeral Home

Passed away on November 14, 2022
Born May 14 1949
Joined December 1, 1977
Lifetime – Ironworker

Nuno Sousa

Peacefully, on Monday, November 14, 2022, at Trillium Health Partners – Mississauga Hospital, at the age of 83.

Loving husband of Laura Margarida. Beloved father of Nelson (Odalia), and Frank (Julie). Dear grandfather of Emily, Madeline, Mason, Ethan and Roman.

Friends and family may pay their respects at the Turner & Porter “Peel” Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy 10 N. of Q.E.W) on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-9 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be held at Ss. Salvador Do Mundo Catholic Church, 1212 Melton Drive, Mississauga, on Friday, November 18, 2022 at 11 a.m.

Entombment Assumption Mausoleum, 6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga.

Passed away on November 14, 2022
Born August 1, 1939
Joined May 1, 1968
Lifetime –Rodman

Michele Macchiusi

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Michele Macchiusi on November 14, 2022.

Our strong, caring and devoted ‘Ultimate Warrior’ passed away peacefully, with his loving family by his side, at North York General Hospital, in his 88th year.

He will be deeply missed by the love of his life and wife of 63 years Rosa, as well as his sons Michael (Lidia), and Carlo (Carolyn). He was a proud Nonno to Samantha, Victoria, Isabella, and Zoe. He adored spending time with each of his granddaughters and cherished watching them grow. He especially treasured his responsibility as babysitter, playmate, teacher, personal chauffeur, role model, best-friend and super-hero. Michele always wanted to keep his girls safe, and to ensure they felt his constant love and support. He did this in spades.

Michele is joined in eternal rest by his parents Valentino and Anna, as well as his beautiful sisters Nina (Angelo), Giovanna (Francesco), Luigia (Luigi) and Filomena (Vittorio). He will always be in the heart of his loving brother Rocco (Matilda) as well as his countless nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and neighbours.

Growing up with his parents and siblings on the farms of Pescosolido, Frosinone, Michele learned the importance of family, faith and hard-work. Michele’s first travels abroad began in April 1958 as he departed from Naples, Italy en route to Toronto Canada with dreams of a better life. It is here that he would marry his beloved wife Rosa and start his career and family. He would continue his travels across all the provinces of Canada and throughout the US. His international travels would take him back to his homeland of Italy and to the Holy Land where he faithfully recreated The Way of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa.

Michele loved his career and was a proud member of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (Toronto Local 721) for 60 years. He joined the association in 1962 as an Ornamental welder/fitter and over the years has helped transform Toronto’s skyline. Some of his most beloved projects in Toronto include the CN Tower, Eaton Centre, the CIBC building, as well as numerous hospitals, schools and office buildings. He made it an annual tradition to proudly march with his family and his union brothers and sisters in the Toronto Labour Day Parade.

Through his incredible passion, work ethic and attention to detail, Michele became a foreman and served as a mentor to countless young Iron Workers (including his sons during their summer jobs), empowering them with the knowledge, confidence, and tools for success.

He worked diligently up until retirement 28 years ago but continued his passion for construction, building and tinkering. Michele was a prize winning gardener, vintner and chef. He loved his Saturday morning grocery shops culminating in his Sunday afternoon family feasts.

Michele was also a huge wrestling fan and spent countless hours enjoying this passion. His favourite main event of all time was the Ultimate Warrior defeat Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI – a match he experienced live and in person at the SkyDome with Michael and Lidia.

Michele was a strong fighter and his incredible tenacity had showed up in his strong will to live. He braved courageous and hard-fought battles with a number of health issues which endured in his final years. We would like to acknowledge and thank the Personal Support Workers and medical staff who attended to Michele for their care, compassion and companionship over this time.

We will forever recall Michele’s infectious smile, generosity, unwavering faith, love of his family and incredible value for life that will be passed on as part of his legacy to all future generations. We will cherish the memories of Michele until we see him again in heaven.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in memory of Michele to The War Amps of Canada.

Visitation will be held at Westminster Funeral & Reception Centre (5826 Bathurst St. between Finch and Steeles on the west side), located on the grounds of Westminster Cemetery (5830 Bathurst St.). After the long driveway, it is the first building on your left. The family will receive guests on Thursday, November 17, 2022, from 2-4 & 6-9pm and Friday November 18, 2022 from 10-11am. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church (75 Churchill Ave.) on Friday, November 18 at 12:00 p.m. with entombment to follow at Westminster Cemetery & Mausoleum.

Passed away on November 14, 2022
Born May 7, 1944
Joined July 1, 1961
Lifetime –Ironworker

Clinton Lopez

Passed away on November 2, 2022
Born October 13, 1974
Joined September 1, 2017
Journeyman – Rodman

James Nugent


James Patrick Nugent, January 29 1950 – June 29, 2022

A celebration of the life of Jim (Pat) Nugent took place Saturday July 16th at the family farm in Elmvale. Jim lived a full and meaningful life as a community organizer, ironworker, farmer and baseball coach. Jim leaves Christine, his soulmate for 52 years; their three sons Denis, Brian and James; daughter-in-law Christina Chase-Nugent; and loving grandchildren.

The farm was rich with vegetable and flower gardens, fields of yellow winter wheat, good food, relatives, friends, neighbours, and representatives of political organizations Jim and Christine actively supported: The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist); the South Asian Women Rights Organization, the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups; and the Simcoe County Honduras Rights Monitor. A beautiful day was enjoyed with speeches and warmth from all. The evening was topped off with a bonfire.

We would like to thank all the workers involved in Jim’s healthcare.

Jim (Pat) Nugent, you will be forever present.

Passed away on June 29, 2022
Born January 20, 1950
Joined March 12, 2001
Honorary – Ironworker

Steven Walker

It’s with great sadness we announce the passing of Steven Edward Walker born March 15, 1958. Steven passed away peacefully on October 25, 2022 with his family by his side after fighting a long courageous battle with cancer. Steve was a proud and beloved husband to Kim walker, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother. Steve was a dedicated Iron worker since 1989. He had a great sense of humor and was looking forward to spending the winter months down in Mexico.

Friends are invited to a visitation on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 10 a.m. till the Funeral Service at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at the Steckley – Gooderham Funeral Chapel, 30 Worsley Street., Barrie. A celebration of life will be held following the service at St. Louis Bar and Gill (494 Veterans Drive Unit 1, Barrie, Ontario L4N 9J5)

Passed away on October 25, 2022
Born March 15, 1958
Joined August 17, 1989
Honorary – Rigger, Machinery, Mover & Erector


Ernest Rudolph

Rudolph, Ernest “Ernie”, Retired Ironworker, Proud member of Ironworkers Union Local 721
Passed away at Lakeridge Health Ajax on October 17th, 2022 at the age of 89. Survived by his wife Inge of 63 years. Loving Dad of Susan Lundrigan (John Couto) and Cindy Weir (Fred). Cherished Opi of David, Ryan and Darren Lundrigan and Jessica Weir. Great Grandfather of Ryann and Landon.
Ernest will be fondly remembered by his extended family.

Celebration of Life to be held on Sunday November 6th from 3:00-5:00 at Sauter’s Inn Restaurant – 109 Old Kingston Rd, Ajax, ON L1T 3A6

Passed away on October 17, 2022
Born September 28, 1933
Joined January 1, 1955
Lifetime – Finisher

Guy Chalifoux

CHALIFOUX, GUY 1960 – 2022 Suddenly, on February 14, 2022, at the age of 61, Mr. Guy Chalifoux passed away. Guy was the husband of the late Cindy Lou Thompson, and resided in Cowansville, QC. Son of the late Hubert Chalifoux and the late Renée Marcoux. He is survived by his children, Remy and Monique (Josh), his sister, Claude (Yvan Fontaine), his parents-in-law, Ronald and Norma Thompson, his brother-in-law, John (Darlene), his sister-in-law Sharlene, his nephews and nieces, Samuel, Sara, Yanik, Thomas, Brittany, Jake and Julian and great-nephews Henri and JD as well as his uncles and aunts, cousins and other relatives and friends, in particular his faithful companion, his Chocolate Lab Lexie.

Passed away on February 14, 2022
Born March 4, 1960
Joined December 15, 1988
Honorary – Structural Ironworker


Laurier Louis Leclerc

We are sad to announce that our dad, Laurier Leclerc passed away at the age of 85, on Saturday September 17, 2022.  He was at Hospice Peterborough with family by his side.

Laurier was born in 1936, in a small town called St Bernard in the province of Quebec. He left home at an early age and eventually settled in Scarborough Ontario where he lived most of his life.  Later, he discovered Buckhorn and the Kawartha Lakes area where he built a cottage in the early 70’s.

Loved and missed by his children Michelle Thornton (Billy), Daniel Leclerc (Jackie), Paul Leclerc (Julie), his 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren with an additional 2 on the way.  He will also be missed by many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Dad will be remembered as a master “MacGyver” and known for making use of whatever was available to improve, repair or simply make something more efficient. Nothing was wasted.  He had a wonderful sense of humour, and a love of the outdoors, music, travel, gardening, reading and tinkering around.  He had many adventures and we enjoyed listening to his stories.  Most of all, Dad loved his family.  He always said if his family was happy, he was happy.

Dad was a proud member of the Ironworkers union local 721 for 67 years.  He started out as a rodman in 1955.   As an ironworker, he worked on projects such as the CN Tower, Burlington Skyway and finished out his career at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station.

Dad, we will miss you very much, and we will always remember your motto of “Never Give Up”

Passed away on September 17, 2022
Born December 20, 1936
Joined September 1, 1955
Lifetime – Ironworker

Jean Paul Desjardins

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Jean Paul Desjardins at the Nipissing Serenity Hospice in North Bay on August 28, 2022, with family by his side. He was seventy-five. Paul was a loving man who was known for his sharp wit and practical jokes. He was a loyal member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Hastings where he enjoyed spending time with his friends.

He was the beloved husband of his late wife, Lee Ann Eno. Paul will be lovingly remembered by his son, Roy Desjardins (Shannon) and daughter, Sherree-Lynn Desjardins. He was predeceased by his daughter, baby Roxanne. All three children are from his first marriage to the late Suzanne Desjardins (nee Roy). Paul was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Rochelle (nee Roy).

Dear brother of the late Lorraine Cheaney (former spouse of Gerry), Paulette Marquardt (Lorne), Doug Desjardins (late Barb), Frank Desjardins (Liliane) and Lee-Anna Tremblay (Corad). Loved by many nieces and nephews. He will be remembered by his former partner, Janet Dagnal, and her family.

A special thanks to Lee-Anna and Corad for opening their home and caring for Paul throughout his illness.

The family is forever grateful to Paul’s VON nurse, Natalie, his doctors Jinnah and Emack, the Sudbury and North Bay cancer clinics, and the amazing team at the Nipissing Serenity Hospice.

A celebration of life will follow at a later date.

Passed away on August 28, 2022
Born February 12, 1947
Joined October 8, 1989
Lifetime – Welder

David Begley

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Dave at Belleville General Hospital on Wednesday, September 21st 2022. David Begley of Belleville was in his 69th year. Son of the late Stanley & Alice Begley. Much loved husband of 46 years to Susan (nee Seames). Proud father of Todd, Kurt and Becky, and much loved grandfather to Russell. David is also survived by siblings Barb Labelle, Janet Top (John), Karen Begley, Dwight Begley, Ron Begley (Mary), Linda Chambers (Tom), his sisters-in-law Lynda Hultquist (late Bob) , Lynda Seames (late Dan) and will fondly be remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers-in-law Herb Seames (late Fran) and Larry Seames.

Dave was a proud lifetime member of Ironworkers local 721, an advocate of the outdoors and never shy to tell a good story. Cheers to Dave!

David Begley Obituary – Belleville, ON | John R. Bush Funeral Home (

Passed away on September 21, 2022
Born December 6, 1953
Joined March 1, 1978
Lifetime – Welder

Mark Merrin

Mark Merrin, of Hantsport, formerly of Toronto. It is with great sadness we announce Dads sudden passing, at home, on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at the age of 65. Born on August 4, 1957 in Toronto, ON, he was a son of Gwenda “Gwen” (Farrell), Hantsport and the late Dennis Merrin.

Mark spent his career as an ironworker. He was thoroughly enjoying his retirement it was allowing him time to tinker in his garden and enjoy a cold beer. He also loved his shopping trips to Costco and walking around with his fur baby, Batman.

Besides his mom, Gwen, he is survived by his sons, Mark Jr. (Amanda), David and Jonathon (Sara); grandchildren, Dominic, Cassidy, Deacon, Mackenzie, Alisha, Ella and Trent; brother, Robert; sister, Vickie (Kevin) Gallie; nieces, Amanda, Ashley and Julia; nephew, Dennis; as well as extended family and friends.

Passed away on September 22, 2022
Born August 4, 1957
Joined November 1, 1989
Lifetime – Welder

William Sweeney

Sweeney, William F. 1934 – 2020 Gentleman, rogue, sailor, ironworker, father passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 11, 2020.
William leaves behind many loved ones and family including Kyrchian Sweeney (of St. Helens, Merseyside, United Kingdom), their three sons Wayne, Steve, Justin and wife Catherine, and four grandchildren, Mitchell, Victoria, Erica and Malcolm. William, originally from Cork, Ireland, loved life. He was a seeker and a dreamer, searching out answers to the unknown, questioning the status quo, and sharing his cunning wit and humour with everyone around him. The family wishes to thank the Palliative Care unit at Sarnia General Hospital and the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice for their kindness and care.

“May joy and peace surround you, Contentment latch your door, and happiness be with you now, And bless you evermore.”

Passed away on January 11, 2020
Born April 10, 1934
Joined August 1, 1965
Lifetime – Ironworker

Robert Towns

TOWNS, Robert James, suddenly passed on August 2, 2022 at his residence. Longtime Ironworker Local 721. Predeceased by his parents, George Junior Towns and Carrol Elizabeth Towns (nee Barnewall). He leaves behind his girlfriend Kelli, his daughter Ashley (Mike) and his grandchildren Nash, Kalici, Draco and Jarreth. Also left behind is his son Russ and his brother Darrin (Deb) and his nieces Amanda and Grace. In the U.S he leaves behind Uncle Ken (Aunt Krista), Bryan and Alexandra. He also leaves behind Aunt Barb, Luanne and Ginny and many, many cousins, aunts, uncles and family in the Windsor/Essex area which, unfortunately are too numerous to mention.

Passed away on Aug 2, 2022
Born February 4, 1961
Joined September 1, 1980
Journeyman –  Structural Ironworker

Robert (Bob) Morris

It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of Bob Morris on March 23rd, 2022 in his 92nd year. He passed away at home with his loving wife and family by his side. His fervor for life present to the end. Born on September 3rd,1930 in Drimoleague, County Cork, Ireland. Second oldest of eleven, he grew up in the hardworking environment of his family’s dairy farm.

In 1955 Bob immigrated to Toronto. 4 years later he married the adventurous Nova Scotia native Norma Johnstone after impressing her with his Irish charm. Together they welcomed five sons and enjoyed 62 blessed years of marriage.

Bob was well known and loved by neighbours and community. Involving himself with the Topham Park Minor Softball Association well beyond his own kids’ participation as equipment manager, coach, and fan. Avid travellers, Bob and Norma visited over 30 countries together. Food often being Bob’s highlight of these (mis)adventures. And if they could add a baseball or hockey game to the itinerary, all the better. Bob is remembered for his quiet but kind nature, generous heart, and meticulous routine. The loss will surely be felt by all lucky enough to have known him.

He leaves behind devoted wife Norma Morris and sons Gregory (Jillian), Stephen (Trisha), Brian, and John. Cherished grandchildren Hannah, Alannah, Aaron, and AJ. Predeceased by his eldest son Robert James and infant daughter. Also survived by siblings Peggy, Kitty, Ann, Jim, Carmel, and Frances.

Passed away on March 23, 2022
Born September 3, 1930
Joined June 1, 1956
Lifetime –  Ironworker


Ermanno D’Odorico

Passed away on January 3, 2022
Born September 7, 1932
Joined September 1, 1966
Lifetime – Ironworker


Tim D. Kerr

Celebration of life for Tim D. Kerr will be held this Sunday July 17th at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 15 located at 80 Mary Street, Brampton, ON L6W 2R3, from 2pm to 5pm.

Everyone is welcome.


Passed away on June 30, 2022
Born August 31, 1961
Joined January 4, 2005
Journeyman – Welder

Roman Tereszko

Passed away on June 6, 2022
Born May 15, 1930
Joined August 1, 1956
Lifetime – Rodman

Henry Walsh

Henry passed away peacefully, after a lengthy illness, at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Friday, June 10, 2022 at the age of 79. Beloved husband of Carmel for 58 years. Loving father of the late Kelly-Anne (Terry) and Joseph (Terri).

Cherished grandfather of Nicholas (Justine), Adam (Samantha), Krista (Ben), Isaac, Ben and Sam and great-grandfather of Savannah, Aaliyah and Tristan. Dear brother of Catherine (Philip). Predeceased by his siblings Mary and William. Henry will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Henry was an Ironworker for Local 721. After retirement, he enjoyed golfing, curling, spending time at the family cottage on Mazinaw Lake and time at his family home in Colliers, NL.

Special thanks to the staff of Lakeridge Health Oshawa for their care and compassion.

Passed away on June 10, 2022
Born May 30, 1943
Joined August 1, 1961
Lifetime – Ironworker

Tom Thompson

Passed away on April 8, 2022
Born March 7, 1965
Joined February 20, 2001
Honorary – Finisher

Silas Gibbons


Silas John Gibbons was born on August 1, 1932 to loving parents Samuel and Susanna. He was the eldest son of seven children, with whom he spent his childhood days along the shores of Fair Island, Newfoundland. Silas passed peacefully on February 13, 2022, at the age of 89 at St. Patrick’s Mercy Home in St. John’s, NL.

Silas valued hard work, but also took time to enjoy life’s pleasures. He spent his working life as a sailor and iron worker. His final project was the Hibernia platform – a picture of the finished project and crew was proudly displayed in his home. When not working, Silas enjoyed tending to his gardens, making woodworking projects for his and his family’s homes, taking part as a proud member of the Indian Bay Lions Club, and catching the odd baseball game or episode of Jeopardy. Silas truly shined in family life. He was a devoted husband to Caroline (Carrie), his wife of 64 years. All were in awe of how he wholeheartedly cared for and loved her everyday of their life together. 

Silas and Carrie built a life and a family that was strong, happy, and full of love. They had five children, and joyously watched their family grow to include 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren (and still counting). As the family expanded and some wandered a little farther from home, he always managed to keep tabs on each and every member. As our protector, Silas always wanted to know his family was safe, and to ensure they felt his love and support from near and far. 

We will remember Silas as a quiet man of few words, with a bright smile and gentle chuckle, steady and stern demeanor that kept everyone on their toes, and an uncanny ability to get us where we had to be on time, or more often than not early. He was deeply loved and we will cherish the memories of our wonderful husband, father, granda, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and dear friend. 

Silas was predeceased by his parents Samuel and Susanna, brother Eldred,  and sisters Annie (Nelson – deceased) and Winifred. He is survived by his wife Caroline, daughters Melita (Dwight), Ruth (Scott), Paulette (Roger), Marilyn (David – deceased), and son Eldred (Charly), his sister and brothers, Dinah (Edgar), Samuel (Elizabeth), and Edgar (Jill), his dear grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a large circle of close nieces and nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends.

Passed away on February 13, 2022
Born August 1, 1932
Joined August 1, 1964
Lifetime – Rodman

Gerard Poirier 

Passed away on June 2, 2022
Born January 31, 1936
Joined June 1, 1959
Lifetime – Structural Ironworker

Sean Van Rooyen

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sean David Anthony Van Rooyen.
Sean died doing what he loved- working high in the sky. Be in peace now. Enjoy the eternal sunshine- know you will be deeply missed by all and that you will never be forgotten.
Sean was a multi-layered being and will be remembered by many in different ways- A son, a brother, a co-parent for Texas the Taco Terrier, a loyal friend, an Ironworker and a fierce member and supporter of Ironworkers Local 721. His mission was to make the workplace safer for all.
He had an adventuresome nature and had many challenges in his life. We will remember him by his funny antics (FFS), his passion for bike riding , his love of a broad spectrum of (loud) music and his enthusiastic support of the Toronto Maple Leafs and FC Bayern Munchen.
Sean leaves behind his Father, Lt Col (Ret) Omar Van Rooyen and Stepmother, Jan of Matthews, NC, US; his mother, Denise Pike Van Rooyen of Winnipeg, MB, his beloved sister and confidant, Kristann Van Rooyen of Toronto, ON, his brother and best friend, Scott Van Rooyen of Winnipeg, MB, his stepbrother, Charles Miller and wife Stephanie of Charlotte, NC and many family members and friends across Canada and the United States.

A celebration of Life will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at a future date.

Passed away on May 23, 2022
Born April 11, 1970
Joined September 21, 2001
Journeyman – Ironworker

Wayne Allan Hennebury


Wayne Allan Hennebury, 45, passed away suddenly on, May 10th, 2022 in Ottawa, Ontario. Allan was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland on December 9th, 1976. He is survived by, the light of his life, his daughter, Molly Hennebury-Benmore his sisters, Rhonda, Joanne and Sandra as well as his brothers he met later in life, Shane and Matthew. Allan was predeceased by his parents Elizabeth Power and Wayne Hennebury.

Allan will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Passed away on May 10, 2022
Born December 12, 1976
Joined May 9, 2002
Journeyman –  Ironworker

Harry Buckley 

Passed away on May 16, 2022
Born August 14, 1942
Joined March 1, 1964
Lifetime – Structural Ironworker

Russell Smith

Of Neyaashiinigmiing, passed suddenly at his home on Sunday, May 8, 2022. Russell Nikita Smith at the age of 33 years old lived a full life rooted in connections, music and a deep love for his son. He will be forever missed by his son Jonah Jordan Smith of Brampton. His Dear Parents Veronica “Cha-Cha” Smith (Len) of Neyaashiinigmiing and Richard Martin (Patricia) of Nipissing First Nation. Dear Brother to Robin Stadelbauer (Jon) of Kitchener, Chelsea Lapierre (Marc) of Edmonton and Ryan Martin of Devon. Sadly missed by his loving niece Orianna Stadelbauer and adoring nephew Jackson Stadelbauer. Also missed by his Aunties and Uncles Grace Martin, Jane Martin, John Martin, Howard Martin, Charlene Martin, Lorna Martin, Spring Martin, Germaine Elliott, and Ralph Bostic and their significant others. Predeceased by Grandparents Peter and Vera Martin, Eulah Elliott and Meryl Smith, and Aunties and Uncles Vivian Babcock, Victoria Bostic, Ray Martin, Jimmy Martin, Arthur “Butch” Elliott, Carleen Elliott and Arleta Elliott. Special family member to Orland Jones and family. Missed by several cousins, large extended families, many friends and community members. Russell was a proud Ironworker and belonged to Iron Workers Local 721 in Toronto. Russell had passion for music and DJing. He was a proud Anishinaabe Nini and belonged to the Otter clan.

Passed away on May 8, 2022
Born January 19, 1989
Joined February 14, 2013
Journeyman – Ironworker

Louis Roach

Louis Leo Joseph Roach was born May 13, 1926 in Chéticamp, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

He passed away on January 30, 2022 at Toronto Mount Sinai Hospital and is survived by his daughter Karen Marie Moscrop and son Leonard Joseph Roach.

He was an Ironworker for 40 years with Local 721.

Louis loved spending time in Chéticamp and playing golf.

He greatly missed his many friends and family who had predeceases him through the years.

Passed away on January 30 2022
Born May 13, 1926
Joined April 1, 1952
Lifetime – Rigger, Machinery Mover & Erector

Wilfred Burns

It is with sadness and heavy hearts we announce the death of Wilfred (“Wilfey”) Harold Burns, Margaree Harbour, on Monday, March 7th, 2022. Wilfred passed away peacefully in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital.

Wilfred was born June 25th, 1937, to parents John D. and Mary Florence (Muise) Burns. He is survived by his dear friend, Claudia MacNeil, whom he loved so much; daughters, Nancy T. Devries and Maryanne Marsden; brothers, Freddie and Leo; his sister Teresa (Melvin) Waters; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by siblings, Annie Jane, Stella, Rannie, Tommy, Martin, and Clarence.

Wilfred loved to work. He was a strong iron worker for 25 years. Wilfey was always ready to lend a hand, whether you needed a tool from his 60 year collection or your driveway plowed, he got the job done. He was a guy with a sweet tooth, had a twinkle in his eye, a song he could whistle, a step dance to a fiddle tune, which he loved.He was special to his community and was proud to call Margaree home.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses, housekeepers, front desk workers, and all those who cared for him, he loved you all. There are too many favourites to list.

Passed away on March 7, 2022
Born June 25, 1937
Joined July 1, 1966
Lifetime member– Ironworker

Raymond Gordon Griffith 

Raymond Gordon Griffith took his last breath peacefully in the early morning of April 23rd at Chartwell, Trilogy Long Term Care. He passed away at 88 years old. He is survived by his eight children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, ten siblings, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was born in 1934 in the island of Grenada West Indies. He Immigrated to London England at the age of 21 for a better future. In his earlier years, he served in the British Army and further his education in Structural Engineering. In 1964, he migrated to Canada with his young family.

He was part of the Iron Workers Association local 711 and 721. He joined the association in Quebec in 1965 as a welder and is now considered a life time welder with the organization within that local he played a vital part. He was a member for fifty-seven years.

Dads passion for his work and dedication to the job was exemplary. His work can be seen in many historical landmarks throughout Canada and the United States. Some of the prominent landmarks are Expo 67, CN Tower, Dominion Bridge, Trans- Canada High Way, Skydome, currently known as the Roger’s Centre, with Mometal Seaway Inc., the revolving restaurant at the Harbour Castle Hilton along with many other projects. Which is something he was proud of and spoke constantly about.

He worked hard up until retirement 29 years ago but still pursue his passion for building. He was an avid gardener, loved to dance and extremely dedicated towards his exercise. He loved the Blue Jay’s and his nightly night cap as long as we can remember was a beer mug full of Butterscotch Ice cream.

He was a loving man in every sense of the word, he was very generous to all and as a simple man he always went out of his way to help others. He was the life of the party and he truly enjoyed his life up until October 2022 when he suddenly became ill and fought to the end. Daddy you fought a good fight, you will be missed but never forgotten.

A Celebration Of Life Service will be held at the Malvern Christian Assembly 6705 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, ON M1B 3C1 on Saturday May 14th @ 10:00 am (viewing) 11:00 am (Service). Burial to follow at Duffin Meadows Cemetery 2505 Brock Road North, Pickering, ON L1V 2P8.

Viewing of the Service for Raymond Griffith will commence at 10:55am on May 14, 2022—celebration-of-life-qiy9y1svkjupbxdm6pfz

Passed away on April 23 2022
Born February 14, 1934
Joined May 1, 1965
Lifetime – Welder

Dietmar Franken

Passed away on April 16, 2022
Born March 31, 1965
Joined December 1, 1988
Journeyman – Ironworker


William Patrick Bridgeman

It is with sadness we share the news of Bill’s sudden death on April 19, 2022, in his home.
William Patrick was born in Scarborough, Ontario on December 14, 1964 to Mike (late) and Mary Bridgeman.  Loving husband to Fiona; great Dad to Bill Jr., the pride and joy of his life. Big brother to John (Catherine) and little brother to Mike (Fawn), Doreen, Eileen (Chris), Linda (Glen).  Loving uncle to Chris ( Angela), Justin ( Courtney) and Ashley (Leslie) as well as the younger generation; Liam, Delaney, Sadie, Jack, Kaitlyn, Jacob, Felicity, Isabelle, Madison, Charlotte and Peter.
Bill grew up in Pickering, enjoying hockey and baseball in his youth.  He went to work in the same field as his Dad, a proud and hard – working member of the Ironworkers Local 721 for 30 + years.   His work life was spent in a myriad of jobs, most notably Pearson International Airport, the SkyDome, now known as Roger’s Centre and the Trump Hotel.  He was also involved in the first wave of wind turbine installations throughout Ontario and many car plant refits in the region.  His most recent work adventures were with a close-knit group of guys, building and repairing power towers around southern Ontario. He was affectionately known in the trade as ‘Billy Ponytail’, as he’s had one since his high school days.  He only just cut it off, in the past six months, following his cancer journey.  Bill was one of those handy guys.  He could watch you build or complete a project then take it on himself, whether it be cars, trucks, interlock or home repairs.  He had just retired, preparing to refurbish his home, as he never had time while he was working.  

 Bill enjoyed travelling, especially these past few years with Fiona and Bill Jr.  Of course, his pre-marriage trips were for musical reasons, finding concerts to enjoy.  Fiona brought family travel adventure back into his life, often finding school chums in sunny, foreign locales for them to get together with and enjoy some down time.  This included Cuba, Mexico and Canadian road trips closeby or PEI, BC and Lake Louise.   A trip to China was an adventure for all of them, though Bill felt his resemblance to Budda was daunting in Fiona’s homeland.

Visitation will take place at McEachnie’s, 28 Old Kingston Rd, Ajax on Tuesday April 26 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.   The funeral mass will take place at Holy Redeemer Church, 796 Eyer Drive, Pickering, on Wednesday, April 27, at 11:00 am.  Light refreshments will follow in the Church Hall.  As Bill’s wishes were for cremation, the interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Whitby will be at a later date.

Donations can be made to the charity of your choice. Or, as Bill was so fond of doing, go visit a friend you haven’t seen in a while and share some memories.

Passed away on April 19, 2022
Born Dec 14, 1964
Joined May 1, 1986
Journeyman – Ironworker

Wayne St. John

It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Wayne St. John, our beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother and cousin. On February 6th, Wayne passed peacefully while holding his son James’ hand, with his wife Melanie, and daughter Tylar by his side.

Wayne was devoted to his family and was a proud 57 year Ironworker with Local 721. He lived a full life, finding joy in family, the cottage, sports, fishing, music and photography. He was a die-hard Maple Leafs fan and woke up every Sunday morning to play shinny at St. Mike’s Arena with the Wilsons. For many years he also played in the Milton Flag Football league with his brothers, André and Mike, and his son James. The Milton Football nights were always followed by good parties and great memories at André and Luisa’s. He also enjoyed pick-up basketball at Emery Collegiate with close friends.

During the summer, Wayne enjoyed fishing at the cottage, his special place, and golfing, albeit not very well. Wayne spent many summer weekend nights at the Island for corn roasts, fish fries and wing dings. Most winters, Wayne flew south to Florida to spend time with his US family, the MacLeods and the Caccamos.

Wayne will be dearly missed by Melanie, James, Tylar, his daughter-in-law Gail, and his grandson and best buddy Dallas. He also leaves behind his brothers, André and Michael, and sisters Colleen, Charlene, Sharon, Kelly, his late sister Lynn and their partners and children. He will also be missed by his many cousins and his cottage family on Ware’s Road (too numerous to name).

Wayne had been on his cancer journey for 3.5 years with never a complaint about his ongoing loss of quality of life. We thank the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Dorothy Ley Hospice and home nursing teams for their incredible care and support.

The family will share information about a celebration of life to be held later this year. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre or Dorothy Ley Hospice.

Passed away on February 7, 2022
Born March 9, 1946
Joined March 1, 1965
Journeyman – Ironworker


Mark Smith

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Mark Herman Smith, resident of Newcastle, Ontario. He passed away peacefully at home of natural causes. He is predeceased by his parents Herman, Jean, and his sister Georgina. He is survived by his daughter: Ashley (Phil) Pantalleresco, grandchildren: Blake, Tucker and Charlotte, and his siblings Eva, Fred, William, Moonie, Ernie and Eleanor. He will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, his dog Molly, and lifelong friend Tommy. Mark lived a life devoted to his family, friends, and hard work. He will be remembered for his positivity, his sense of humor, his generosity, his love of the outdoors, but most of all for his love of music, fast cars and being the life of the party.

Mark was a very proud 30-year Honorary Lifetime Member of the Ironworkers Union Local 721.

Passed away on March 17, 2022
Born October 14, 1963
Joined November 1, 1981
Journeyman – Welder

Arthur Bourbonais

Passed away on July 8, 2020
Born August 10, 1928
Joined June 1, 1962
Lifetime – Special Lifetime

Rodrigue Chouinard

Passed away on October 4, 2015
Born June 19, 1937
Joined May 1, 1969
Lifetime – Rigger, Machinery Mover & Erector


Leslie Jr. Kalo

Passed away on March 10, 2020
Born January 6, 1936
Joined June 1, 1966
Lifetime – Welder

John Alexander White

We sadly announce the death of John Alexander White, who was born in Manchester, Jamaica on April 10, 1943, to parents Egerton and Stella White. He was a retired member of the Ironworkers Local 721, and leaves behind devoted wife Rosalie, loving daughters Shereen and Valerie (Greg), grandson Elijah, and sisters Marblet, Trinda, Jennifer (Michael), and Ann (his twin).

In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by three brothers and one sister.

John was a loving and devoted family man who will greatly be missed by his many relatives, friends and associates.

Passed away on March 7, 2022
Born April 10, 1943
Joined February 1, 1986
Lifetime member – Welder

Rino Levesque


It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Mr. Rino F. Levesque, resident of St-Joseph NB, husband of Mrs. Barbara L. McDowell, son of the late Mr. Emile Levesque and of the late Mrs. Berthilde Francoeur. He passed away on February 22, 2022 at the Edmundston Regional Hospital at the age of 75 years.
He is survived by his children: Bernadette Levesque of Sudbury ON, and Richard Levesque (late Candace) of Courtice ON, his grandchildren: Tasha, Joshua, Wade and Cheyenne, many greatgrandchildren, and his brothers: Guy Levesque (Juliette) of St- Joseph, Réal Levesque (Reneilde) of St-Joseph, and Léo Levesque (Gloria) of St-Joseph.
His funeral services will be announced at a later date.
Mr. Levesque was a member of the Iron Worker Union of local 721.
The family would like to thank the doctors and personal of the Edmundston regional Hospital for the excellent care provided.

Passed away on February 22, 2022
Born July 7, 1946
Joined November 1, 1963
Lifetime member – Ironworker

Bruce Baptiste

Passed away on February 5, 2022
Born May 2, 1945
Joined January 1, 1969
Lifetime – Welder

Svend Olesen

Passed away on August 19, 2021
Born January 1, 1934
Joined October 1, 1963
Lifetime – Welder

Brenda Bernice Corkum

Passed away on January 20, 2022
Born September 13, 1953
Joined December 31, 1990
Lifetime – Rigger, Machinery Mover & Erector

Edward Postma

Passed away on January 15, 2022
Born April 7, 1931
Joined April 1, 1956
Lifetime – Finisher

George Hickman

It is with great sadness that the family of the late George Hickman announce his passing at the Bay St. George Long Term Care Center in Stephenville Crossing on Sunday January 21st 2018 at the age of 85 years. He will be sadly missed by sons: Rick (Marsha) in Winnipeg, Terry (Heather) in Whitby, Ont. his daughters: Cathy (Phil) Edmonds in Fort McMurray, Wanda Hunter (Jim) in Beaverton, Ont., his grandchildren P.J. , Ashley, Samantha, Lauren, Jeremy and Jacob. Also leaving to mourn his special friend Ann Marie LePage, his sisters in law Mary Hickman, Joan Hickman and Eileen Hickman and a large circle of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Edward and Annie Hickman, his brothers Randell, Wallace, Herbert, Jebez, Curtis, James, Norman, sisters Hester Hansen and Mary Burke.

Passed away on January 21, 2018

Born March 13, 1932

Joined November 1, 1955

Lifetime member – Rodman

Nicola Polsinelli

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Nicola Polsinelli who died peacefully on November 19, 2021 at 90 years of age. Dear husband of Bianca for 64 years. Cherished father to Lucio Polsinelli and Pino (Mariela Cecilia Giordano) Polsinelli. Adored nonno to Bianca and Katrina Polsinelli.

Nicola lived a life devoted to his family and hard work. He will be remembered for his generosity, his humbleness, his sense of humour, and most of all, his smile, always full of warmth.

Passed away on November 19, 2021
Born August 25, 1933
Joined November 1, 1966
Lifetime member – Rodman

Tonino Gaillonardo

Tonino Giallonardo passed away peacefully in his 90th year on Tuesday March 3, 2020 in the comfort of his home surrounded by family. Tonino was born on March 20, 1930 to Mario and Domenica (née Salvati) in Villa Santa Lucia degli Abruzzi (AQ), Italy, the eldest of four children.

At 34 years of age, Tonino immigrated to Canada from Italy to join his family after serving in the Arma dei Carabinieri as a Vice Brigadiere. His passion for Italy never wavered as he remained strongly engaged in the Italian community here in Canada. Tonino is well known for his years of dedication as a founding member of the Associazione Nazionale Carabinieri (Sezione di Toronto) where he also served as President for over 30 years. Outside of this, he was an exemplary father, uncle, and grandfather and always proud of his family who were no strangers to his following.

Tonino is survived by his wife Joan (née Pinto) and former wife Maria (née Sartori); sons Tony, Jason (Luciana), and Rino (Angela); grandchildren Kody (Tonya), Mattia, Andrea (Alessia), Mia, Ilaria, Anna, Gianluca, Simona, and Chiara; brothers Giannino (Silvana), Americo (Maria) and sister Florida (Gaetano).

Passed away on March 3, 2020
Born March 20, 1930
Joined January 1, 1976
Lifetime – Industrail Door Mech Erector

John Boileau

BOILEAU, Jean-Guy (John) (Longtime Employee of Harris Rebar & Iron Worker’s Local 721-Retired Nov. 1, 2021) Courageously he lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday, December 15th, 2021, at Sunnybrook Hospital surrounded by his family, at the age of 65. Beloved husband of Fernande (nee Galipeau). Proud father of Jonathan and Jesse, and father-in-law to Jackie and Carly. Dear brother to Celine Rumboldt. Cherished Grandpa of Cecilia, William, Abigail and Isabelle. He will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Passed away on December 15, 2021
Born March 27, 1956
Joined May 4, 2004
Journeyman – Rodman

Marion Yorkston

Passed away on December 14, 2021
Born April 30, 1936
Joined June 1, 1961
Lifetime – Rodman

Melvin Hazeltine

Passed away on December 1, 2021
Born August 9, 1931
Joined March 1, 1960
Lifetime – Ironworker

John Deagle

Passed away on December 11, 2021
Born December 20, 1954
Joined March 1, 1985
Journeyman – Ironworker

Ernest Fischer

Passed away on October 22, 2021
Born October 2, 1957
Joined June 15, 2006
Journeyman – Fence Erector

Gordan Joseph Fewer

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gordon Joseph Fewer after a courageous battle in his 68th year. He will be deeply missed by Ruby, the absolute love of his life. Son Chris Mason, and step-children, Colleen (Ken) and David (Cindy). Grandchildren, Aisha, Austin, Tyson, Victoria, Alexandria (Melanie) and Isabelle (Kyle) Great-Grandchildren Jackson, Jayla, Avery and Stela. Many Nieces, Nephews and friends who loved and adored him. A special trio of golf buddies Joe, Clyde, Gerry, and Ray who he held near and dear to his heart.

Special Niece and Nephews Jackie (Johnny), Rick (Karen), Laurie Lee (Kelly) and Kim (Teddy). Leaving to mourn sisters Maize and Irene. Predeceased by his parents Patrick and Philomena, Siblings Greg, Martin, Ned, Clar and Catharine and nephew Gary. Gord has been recently predeceased by a very special nephew Scott Lewis. Cremation has taken place.

Passed away on November 20, 2021
Born August 31, 1953
Joined February 8, 1985
Lifetime member – Ironworker

Jan Jansen

Passed away on November 26, 2021
Born December 31, 1929
Joined September 1, 1961
Lifetime member – Finisher

Gerald Ward

Passed away on May 19, 2009
Born February 2, 1936
Joined September 1, 1964
Lifetime member – Rodman

William Vanelst

Passed away peacefully at Sunnycrest Nursing Home Whitby at the age of 84. Beloved husband of Yvonne for 58 years. Loving father of Mike (Cassandra), Steve (Lisa). Fondly remembered by his grandchildren Tyler, Alexandria and Samantha.
Many thanks to the staff of Sunnycrest for their care and affection in his final months.

Passed away on September 17, 2019
Born March 24, 1935
Joined November 1, 1976
Lifetime member – Ironworker

Joseph Piche

Passed away on August 27, 2021
Born April 27, 1933
Joined August 1, 1966
Lifetime member – Rodman

Sabatino Di Giovanni

Passed away on June 9, 2016
Born November 16, 1935
Joined September 1, 1966
Lifetime member – Rodman

Michael Magnan


Suddenly passed away at his home, on Sunday November 28, 2021. Michel Magnan at the age of 59 years, beloved father of Michelle (Chris), Chantelle (Harley), Danielle (Chris), and Michael (Aly). Dearly loved grandfather of Makenna, Brandon, Cooper, Connor, Chloe, and Claire. Loving son of Francine Chretien. Sadly missed by his brothers Pete Magnan (Sheila), and Andre Magnan. Forever in the hearts of his extended family and friends.
A private family gathering was held, followed by cremation. A celebration of Michel’s life will be held at a later date.

Passed away on November 28, 2021

Born March 10, 1962

Joined March 1, 1986

Journeyman – Ironworker

Robert Gordon Potje

It is with profound sadness we announce the death of our son, brother and uncle, Robert Gordon Potje. Rob was born on February 18, 1980, in Stratford, Ontario. He leaves behind his parents, Dan and Laura Potje as well as his sister Dana (Paul) Bucek and two nephews whom he adored. Cherished grandson of Matthew (Anna) Potje and Patricia Morrison. Dear nephew of Dave and Kathy Plourde, Jane and Tom Davies and Sue Morrison.

Rob was a generous soul with a great love for his family. He was a Red Seal Ironworker with Local 721 Toronto and was proud of the projects he had worked on. He loved food, cars, and new socks. He always said he would wear a brand-new pair of socks every day if he could (they were never the same once you washed them).

In memory of Rob please contribute to your local food bank and donate a pair of brand-new socks to a shelter

Passed away on December 8, 2021

Born February 18, 1980

Joined November 27, 2006

Journeyman – Ironworker

Francesco Covello

Passed away on April 2, 2008

Born June 23, 1936

Joined June 1, 1981

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Josip Surbek

Born February, 2 1931 in the beautiful green hills of Zagorje, Croatia.
Peacefully at home with his loving family by his side, on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Josip Surbek at the age of 89 years, beloved husband of Ilka Surbek (Alilovic). Loving father of Mary (known by him as Maca), Doting Fater-in-law to Chris Cvetkovski (and the late Alar Pahapill). Sadly missed by his sister: Pina Greguric (the late Milan), and predeceased by Marija Papov (the late Josip), Ivan (Pina), Stanko (Angela), Eddy (Ankica). Forever in the hearts of his many nieces and nephews, extended family, neighbours and close friends who were like family to the Surbeks both here and throughout Europe.

Passed away on January 5, 2021
Born February 2, 1931
Joined September 1, 1969
Lifetime member – Rodman

Giorgio Marcello

Peacefully, surrounded by his family at the age of 82. Beloved husband of Brunina. Cherished father to Caterina (Giuseppe Castiglione), Pasquale (Miriam), and Vittoria (AJ Shuhaibar). Proud nonno of Giorgio (Michelle), Giuseppe, Gianmarco, Giuliana, Laura, Giulia and great-grandson Gianluca. Giorgio is predeceased by his sister Domenica and will always remembered by his sisters Isabella, Rosa, Anna Basilia and brothers Rosario and Onofrio.

Passed away on February 14, 2018
Born September 8, 1935
Joined June 1, 1981
Lifetime member – Ironworker

Stefano Galati

It is with profound sadness and heartache that we announce the passing of Stefano Galati who died on October 16, 2021. Married to Teresa Bono for nearly 60 years, together they built a beautiful family with their children; Maria Schembri (Gaetano) Rosa Dehmel (Paul) and Bruno Galati (Lia), their grandchildren (Paul Jr., Tanya, Maria Teresa, Pietro, Stefano, Katia and Sara).  It warms our hearts that our children, grandchildren have such beautiful memories of Stefano that they can carry on in their hearts.


Stefano will be dearly missed by his siblings; Vincenza – deceased (Joe), Peppino (Caterina), Concetta (Vince – deceased), Domenico – deceased (Rosa), Agostino – deceased (Maria), and Antonio – deceased (Elisabeta), as well nieces and nephews.

Stefano’s wisdom, faith and love that he shared with his family is what we will always remember. He will be greatly missed.  Thank you to everyone for your outpouring of love, prayers and gestures of kindness and generosity. They will never be forgotten.


Passed away on October 16, 2021

Born April 21, 1942

Joined April 1, 1977

Lifetime member – Rodman

Frank Michael Devereaux

Passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Fairview Lodge, at the age of 77.

Beloved husband of Mary Barbara (nee Wade) for 52 years. Loving Father of Frank (Amy) and Cory (Lydia). Cherished grandfather of Hayley Jane, Spencer, and Brandon. Dear brother of Mary Hawco (Nick), Rita Fitzgerald (Edward), James Devereaux (Florence), Teresa Marburger (Ray), Emmanual Devereaux (Edie), Rosella Byrne (Bill), Michael Devereaux (Jean), Bernice Dalton (Ed), Joe Devereaux (Geri) and Greg Devereaux (Babe). Dear brother-in-law of James Wade (Eileen), Johnny Wade (Dot), Catherine Croy (Lloyd), Regina Wade, Albert Wade (Rita), Mike Wade (Lena and Phoebe), Ray Wade (Mary), Clar Wade (Bertha), Leo Wade (Jose) and Gerald Wade. Predeceased by his parents Michael and Sarah Devereaux and parents-in-law John and Mary Jane Wade. He will also be fondly remembered by many cousins, nieces and nephews and sadly missed by his extended family and friends in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario.

Frank was born in Newfoundland and Labrador and was a proud Newfoundlander even after moving to Oshawa, Ontario in 1986. Frank had a dedicated career as an ironworker for over 30 years in Locals 721 and 764. He was an avid sports fan, especially of the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Blue Jays. He enjoyed playing hockey, baseball and golf. He could remember sports stats from many years past. He was always up for a game of cards and was also known for being a trickster. He would remember and say many recitations, especially around the campfire at the trailer park. He loved to play guitar in his pastime, teaching both of his sons his musical talent. He had a love of food, often cooking up a feed of saltfish and never turning down sweets. Frank lived a faithful life as a Roman Catholic and would say “God love ya” to everyone.


Passed away on April 8, 2021

Born November 5, 1943

Joined May 1, 1971

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Robert W. Lewis

Passed away on October 1, 2021

Born January 16, 1953

Joined December 1, 1970

Journeyman – Ironworker

Darrell James Mac Pherson

MacPHERSON, DARRELL JAMES June 27, 1958 – August 17, 2021 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our brother Darrell, in his 63rd year. Darrell leaves behind his brother Garry (Vikki), sisters Sandra, and Lori (Bill) Fairservice, nephews Chad Fairservice and Logan MacPherson, longtime companion Veronica Cavanagh, her children Erin (Junior) Solomos, their children Olivia and Nevan, Shannon (Steve) Pickett, their children Cara, Everly, Bridget, and Jamie (Samantha) Cavanagh, all of whom he was very fond. Darrell was predeceased by his parents Bill and Viola, and his nephew Cody MacPherson. Darrell spent his career with Ironworkers Local 721. He had a quick wit and great sense of humour, and will be greatly missed. His cremains will be interred in a private ceremony at Erskine Cemetery, in Pickering, at a later date. If you wish to donate in his memory to your local food bank, it would be appreciated by the family.

Passed away on August 17, 2021

Born June 27, 1958

Joined July 1, 1977

Journeyman – Ironworker

Remi Charron

Passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Providence Care Hospital on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at the age of 81.

Remi will be deeply missed by his devoted wife Denise (nee Brunet) of 61 years. Cherished father of Daniel Charron (Marg), Anne Warner and Lynn Charron.
He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Suzanne, Nicholas, Lucas, Jazmin and Andre. His great grandchildren Hannah and Peyton.

Beloved brother of Conrad Charron (late Claudette) and Madeleine Emond (Benoit).
Predeceased by his parents George and Flore Charron (nee Lafontaine), as well as his brothers Roger Charron, Jean-Marc Charron and sister Colette Denault.

Remi was a very proud Iron Worker for 60+ years for Local 721 in the Toronto area.
This was something that was very special and important to him as well as his family.
Remi’s son, grandson and brother have also dedicated their careers to being Iron Workers.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Milestone Cremation Service, Napanee. A memorial Mass will be said at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Madoc.

Memorial donations made in Remi’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated by the family.

Passed away on October 31, 2021

Born December 28, 1939

Joined September 1, 1959

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Vincent (Vincenzo) Pezzetti

Vincent Pezzetti passed away peacefully on Monday, October 11, 2021 in his 81st year at MacKenzie Health Hospital in Richmond Hill.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 63 years, Carmela Pezzetti (nee Iapaolo).  Survived by his beloved daughters Suzanne Troiano-Luciw (Pezzetti), son-in-law Alan Luciw, Marisa Preece (Pezzetti), and son-in-law Cameron Preece.  Proud and loving grandfather of John-Vincent Troiano and wife Sandra Tran-Troiano, Michael James Luciw, Tristin John Preece and Brendan Vincent Preece.

Vincent worked 45 years proudly for Local 721 Iron Workers, passionately contributing to major builds of the CN Tower, Toronto Airport, Convention Centre, Ontario Place, TTC and any other landmarks in Toronto, Calgary and Alaska.

He will forever be in our hearts, deeply missed and remembered for his constant selflessness and generosity towards his family and friends.

Passed away on October 11, 2021

Born April 24, 1940

Joined March 1, 1960

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Dave Clayton Williams

Passed away on October 29, 2021

Born November 1, 1965

Joined November 1, 1999

Journeyman – Structural Ironworker

Joseph D. Sturge

Peacefully, with his loving family at his side, on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at the Lakeridge Health – Oshawa in his 89th year. Predeceased by his Father (William), Mother (Jane), sisters, Meta, Margaret, Elvie, Bessie, and brother, Henry. Beloved husband to Blanche for over 67 years. Loving father to Gordon (Sherry), Barry (Monica), Rick (Debbie), and William. Cherished Grandpa to Christopher, Arielle, Shelly, Sean, Mark, and Eric, and Great-Grandpa to Braelynn, Teegan, Trinity, and Paxton. Joseph will be missed and lovingly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Born in Brookfield, Newfoundland, he started work on the Fishing Schooners at age 11. From there, he progressed through the years working on Coastal Schooners and then earned the position of Chief Engineer of the Robert J. Knickle, which he said was the ship that held his fondest memories. After moving to Ontario with his family in the 1960s, he obtained employment as an Ironworker for Local 721 and remained there until his retirement.

Passed away on August 17, 2021

Born August 19, 1933

Joined May 1, 1970

Lifetime member – Ironworker

David R. Carter

Passed away on August 4, 2021

Born September 8, 1943

Joined July 1, 1962

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Rock Cloutier

Rock Cloutier, beloved brother of Yvan, Lavel, Ginette, Micheline, Camil, Christine and Gerry. Rock was predeceased by his parents, Olivier Cloutier & Genevieve Milot. Rock will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews and their families. After retiring from his career as an iron worker, Rock moved from Mississauga, to Cardiff where he enjoyed the country life and hunting and fishing and exploring the wilderness of the surrounding area. Rock was immensely proud of the work he did in constructing the C.N. Tower in Toronto…part of his legacy.

Celebration of life will be held at Maison Funéraire Marcel Dion on Saturday October 2, 2021, from 12:00 pm till 3:00pm.
Funeral home Marcel Dionne
1140 rue de l’église
Normandin, Québec

Passed away on August 26, 2021

Born January 8, 1943

Joined January 1, 1966

Lifetime member – Ironworker

James David Johnson

Johnson, James David- With great sadness has passed the night of August 6, 2021, at age 81. At the palliative care, Western Memorial, Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Predeceased by his Parents Bill Johnson, Hilda Mae, sister Margaret Scorns and son Brian Johnson, survived by his brother Raymond(Marylaine) Davids’s children, Lori Spinks(Todd), Pamela Johnson(John), Lori-Lee(Kevin), Stanley Johnson(Mallory), Billie-Mae, Michael(Jimmy), Kimberly. Loved and missed by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


David had a long successful career as a union representative. First, as Ironworker, building his way up through the ranks in short time coming from a structural steelworker to the president of the Ironworker local 721. In no time became the Business Manager and Finance secretary for the Toronto Building Trades Council. David was responsible for 40,000 Ironworkers, which he later had to resign from. In turn, made his way back home to Newfoundland. At this time he started up a wreaker, automotive repair business and Honda Motorcycle dealership. No flies on David, he was a go-getter. He is a union man who found a new venture, hooked a local job being a fisheries union representative in the UFCW. In the summers taking his last three children on summer trips when he got the chance, local swimming holes and good old folk festival. He also much enjoyed it when he could escort his children and their teammates to sporting events. David encouraged his children to put in a good day’s work, get up with the birds and start the day. Known to support local business. In his later years after his children were grown, they left home to start their own. Joe’s Cafe being his spot to go. David would go for his cup of tea and a home-cooked meal, sit in and catch up on local gossip.


David will be officially laid to rest next to his father on August 23, 2021, in The First Pentecostal Cemetery. All friends and family are welcome. In lieu of flowers, we ask friends and family to make donations to either the Status of Women Council in Corner Brook or the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada. The former being about making reparations. The latter to invest in research and services for families. Thank you.

Passed away on August 6, 2021

Born March 30, 1940

Joined May 1, 1962

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Joseph Laurier Robert “Bob” Morin

MORIN, Joseph Laurier Robert ‘Bob’
Robert Morin, born April 20, 1943 in Sudbury, ON, passed away Monday February 22, 2021 at the Belleville General Hospital.
He is survived by his wife Truda Rosborough Reddick and his daughter Lisa Ann Morin (Dave Frenette) and her children Jordon Knehler and Aaron Knehler of Windsor, ON. He is also survived by five siblings and predeceased by four. His step children are Bruce (Lisa) Reddick, Brenda (Alan) Gyde, Wayne Reddick and Robert (Karen) Reddick all of Prince Edward County. He leaves eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren whom he boasted were “second to none”. Bob was a proud member of the Ironworkers’ Local 721. He thoroughly enjoyed fishing and having a beer with the boys.
As Bob desired there will be no service.

Passed away on February 22, 2021

Born April 26, 1943

Joined April 14, 1989

Honorary member – Ironworker

Cole McFarlane


Suddenly, as the result of a car accident, on Sunday, June 20, 2021 in his 29th year.

Cole will always be loved and missed by his twin brother Jake, his parents Theresa (Buckley) and Bob McFarlane, his brothers Kyle (Katie) and Michael (Allie). Forever loved Uncle to Riley and Elly. Remembered by his grandparents Marjorie McFarlane (late Don McFarlane), Gert Buckley and Al Marks, Jack Buckley (late Betty). Cole will be missed by his many Aunts, Uncles and cousins, especially Uncle John.

Cole McFarlane, of Melrose enjoyed farming, playing hockey, baseball, golf and skiing. He was a huge Montreal Canadiens and Boston Red Sox fan. He had a special bond with his two special nieces, Riley and Elly. His loud, witty, humorous, tell it like it is attitude will be missed by all that knew him, especially his twin brother Jake.

Passed away on June 20, 2021

Born August 8, 1992

Joined February 1, 2021


William Waggoner

Charter Lifetime Member of Ironworkers Union Local 721, Toronto. Peacefully at Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga on Monday, June 28, 2021 at the age of 89 years. Predeceased by his loving wife of 35 years, Pearl Waggoner (2014). Beloved father of John Waggoner, Jim Waggoner (Elaine), Joe Waggoner (Carol), and Rob Waggoner (Debbie). Fondly remembered by his step-children Deborah Jowett, Cindy Jowett-Brinks (Gerhard), and the late Donald (Rusty) Jowett. Cherished grandfather of Ashley Waggoner, Laura Waggoner, step great grandfather of Jimmy Jowett (Katie), and great grandfather of Van Waggoner and Raphaella. Bill will be greatly missed by nieces, nephews, family members, friends and the Gun Clan. Special thanks to Judy and John Jones for taking care of dad on special days and holidays. A Celebration of Life will be held, post covid. Arrangements entrusted to the M.W. Becker Funeral Home, Keswick.

Passed away on June 28, 2021

Born June 30, 1931

Joined September 1, 1949

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Roy Kuehl

Suddenly passed away at the West Haldimand General Hospital in Hagersville Hospital on Thursday September 19, 2019. Beloved husband to Kathy for over 25 years.
Loving father of Dan, Richard (Janice) Tammy, Bryan (Tamara), Colleen and Christine.
Proud Papa to Aliesha and Jacob and Grandchildren Ryker and soon to be born daughter Wynter.   Survived by his brother Robert (Myrna) and his sister Annette.
Predeceased by his parents Delbert and Hilda Kuehl, also predeceased by his Sister Mary-Ellen (Terry)  and Brother Roger.
Sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews.

Passed away on September 19, 2019

Born December 13, 1949

Joined November 1, 1990

Honorary member – Ironworker

George Edward Beck


It is with deep sadness that the family of the late GEORGE EDWARD BECK of St. Lawrence, NL, announces his passing on June 25, 2021 at the age of 85, after a brief hospitalization.

George loved his family deeply and is survived by his children; George (Lisa) Brampton, ON; Wayne, St. Lawrence, NF; Diane Beck-Loewe (Peter), Burnaby, BC; Ronald, French River, ON; James (Carrie), Brampton, ON; Glenn, St. John’s, NF; 11 grandchildren & 6 great-grandchildren. George came from a large loving family with beloved brothers Eric (Diana), Earl (Stella), Owen, Sam (Christine), Arnold (Christine), and sisters he adored, Addie Hatcher, & Viola Beck-Heisler; his cherished in-laws, the Turpin clan, nieces and nephews, and many friends who were counted as family.

George was predeceased by the love of his life, his wife Catherine (Kay), son Eric, his parents, Chesley and Eliza Beck, and parents-in-law, Alfred & Charlotte Turpin, brother, Chesley Jr.

George was a gentle man, with a large footprint, leading many to follow him and Kay to Ontario in their younger years. There was always room at his table, room in his home and room in his heart for anyone that needed it. Sometimes this generosity resulted in a few love matches and marriages as well! He was a happy man who valued family above everything else, always finding the silver lining, and making things joyful. He worked extremely hard, overcoming steep hurdles, not only surviving but thriving. He gave so much of himself, not only as the family patriarch, but to his friends and the community, be it as a hockey coach, a fundraiser, a mentor, or a leader. He was also able to take and follow directions very well, being dragged into all sorts of event fundraising, dances and party planning, with Kay at the helm. He simply never stopped moving.

George was a humble man, yet so proud of his children, always supporting them and finding the time to be with them. It was such a joy to see the sheer delight he found in his grandchildren and great grandchildren – he was the best baby rocker! George was always the last to speak, because he was interested in listening to what you had to say first. He was a man of few words, but when he spoke you listened, because he was a wise man, with wisdom far beyond any piece of paper. We will miss him deeply, but we take comfort that he will be happy to be reunited with his beloved Kay and we know that he will continue to watch over us as we continue to love and remember him.

In accordance with George’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will be accepting visitors at St. Matthews Anglican Church on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 with times and COVID regulations updated closer to this date, followed by a funeral service at St. Matthews Anglican Church on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 11:00am. Working within health guidelines and travel restrictions, it is important to the family to gather together to share in their memories.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Burin Hospital for the wonderful care and compassion given to George recently. We would also like to thank our cherished brother Wayne who has devoted the last several years to our father, giving him love and support and making memories for us all to treasure.

In George’s memory, donations can be made to the US Memorial Hospital in St. Lawrence, NL.

Mail: Box 398, Memorial Drive, St. Lawrence, NL A0E 2V0

Online: The Burin Peninsula Health Care Foundation Inc.

Family and friends making a donation in Mr. Beck’s memory can simply select “US Memorial – St. Lawrence” from the drop down list, and the foundation will ensure that all donations made online in his memory go directly towards projects at that particular healthcare center.

Passed away on June 25, 2021

Born January 28, 1936

Joined March 1, 1961

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Frank May

Passed away on March 31, 2021

Born March 21, 1931

Joined September 01, 1952

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Julio Navia Cabrera

Passed away on May 17, 2021

Born January 12, 1950

Joined January 1, 1990

Lifetime member – Finisher

Hamza Colakoglu

Passed away on June 4, 2021

Born June 11, 1953

Joined July 1, 1982

Lifetime member – Rodman

Keith Ruel Boyce

Peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket on Monday, March 8, 2021 at the age of 79 years. Beloved husband of Marianne Boyce (nee Featherstone) of Keswick. Loving father of Bradley Boyce (Chita) of Udora and Darlene (Robert McAlear) of Keswick. Cherished grandpa of Kyle Boyce and great-grandpa of Rylan, Ethan, Aiden and Jaxson. Dear brother of Debbie (Ken McAlmon) of Saskatchewan and the late Doug Boyce and his surviving wife Sandra of Barrie.

Passed away on March 8, 2021

Born April 23, 1941

Joined July 7, 1987

Honorary member – Ironworker

Aldo Anthony Squissato

Passed away on May 3, 2021

Born February 5, 1969

Joined August 30, 2006


Roosevelt Sobers

Passed away peacefully on April 22, 2021 at Valleyview Nursing Home in Richmond Hill, in his 81st year. Roosevelt was born on the 21st of April, 1940 in the town of Claxton Bay on the small island of Trinidad & Tobago. He got married in Trinidad before moving to Canada in 1969, where he built a foundation for his wife Marilyn and their children Annalicia and Robert. He was a hard working husband, dedicated father and an amazing role model for his siblings. He was one of the eldest of 14 children. He is survived by his brothers and sisters: Ramadine, Harold, Winston, Ruby, Radica, Pamela and Pearl, along with many nephews and nieces. He was a strong pillar of his family and will be missed and loved forever as we carry his memories in our hearts. His life was not always easy but he always remained a beacon of strength throughout his ups and downs and always valued most – happiness and togetherness with his loved ones.

Passed away on April 20, 2021

Born April 21, 1940

Joined November 1, 1985

Lifetime member – Ironworker


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