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

Davis 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

Bernard MacDougall

It is with deep sadness that the family of Bernard “Bernie” MacDougall announces the passing of their brother on November 13, 2020 at the age of 86.

Bernie left his home in Cape Brenton at a very early age. Shortly after he joined the army. He served in the Korean War. When he returned, he worked on various jobs before following in his older brothers’ footsteps by joining the Ironworkers Union Local 721.

Bernie was predeceased by his wife, Mildred, parents Daniel and Mary, three sisters, Mary, Margaret, Catherine and brothers, Jimmie, Frank, Johnnie, Joe, and Peter. All of his brothers were Ironworkers except Jimmie and Joe.

Bernie is survived by one son, Daniel and two brothers R.J. (Ron) and Donnie both of whom are Ironworkers.

Memorial service will take place at a later date post COVID.

We will miss him greatly.


Passed away on November 13, 2020

Born June 11, 1934

Joined June 1, 1966

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Henry Battah

Henry Battah, Proud Iron Worker of 55 years, dynamite pool player and terrible golfer, Henry valued his family and his faith. Entered into rest at Caressant Care McLaughlin, Lindsay on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in his 95th year. Henry was the beloved husband to the late Jeanne Battah (2016). Loved father of Denis (Cathy), Bernice (Ron), Janet and Paul (Leeanne). Cherished grandfather of 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Predeceased by his 5 sisters and 3 brothers.

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Passed away on April 27, 2021

Born May November 15, 1926

Joined November 1, 1971

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Jailall Rasheed

Passed away on November 16, 2020

Born December 28, 1971

Joined July 7, 2006


David Wilson Hart

David Wilson Hart passed away peacefully on 03 February 2021, at home in Botwood, Newfoundland, at the age of 75.

He was born on 04 May 1945 in Grantown-on-Spey, Inverness-shire, Scotland, to Mathilda Kemp (Bunty) Anderson of Aviemore, Inverness-shire, Scotland, and James Everett Hart of Botwood, Newfoundland. In the same year, Bunty and Jim emigrated along with their young sons, Everett and Dave, to Newfoundland and made their home there.

He met Charlotte Patricia (Pat) Smith in Toronto, and they later married on 03 August 1968, at St. Cuthbert’s United Church in Toronto. They adopted their son, James David (Jimmy) Hart, and a year later were blessed with a daughter, Kemp Patricia Hart.

Dave worked as a high steel tradesman and was part of the crew that built the TD bank centre in Toronto, Ontario. He also appeared in a CBC Canadian film that highlighted steel workers, where he played “himself!”

Some of his passions included boating  on “Hart’s Content,” moose-hunting and fishing with family and friends. He loved playing his 12-string guitar and “ugly stick,” enjoying a sing-song, and dancing a “Newfie jig.” Born with many musical talents he shared his heart through music.

After retiring, Dave never slowed down, helping family and friends with their renovations, utilizing his skills as a finishing carpenter. Then, fulfilling his dream, he headed back to Newfoundland in 2015. He bought a cabin by the sea as well as a new truck, and shared “life on the Rock” with Beverley Gosse-Kinden.

Dave leaves behind his partner of many years, Patricia, and their two children, Jimmy and Kemp Hart, along with a granddaughter, Kelsey Emma Rumley. Also leaving behind his brothers, Everett (Colleen), Robert (Jean), Cecil (Ruth), Cyril (Gail), and sisters Mary (Jack), and Jeanette Hart, as well as many nieces and nephews, friends and neighbours, including close friend Gladstone Mercer (Hazel).

We will miss him greatly, but are comforted that he is with his mom and dad.

Passed away on February 3, 2021

Born May 19, 1945

Joined April 1, 1985

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Louis Lauzier

Passed away on December 19, 2020

Born May November 5, 1935

Joined May 1, 1961

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Hugh Benedict Doherty

Hugh Benedict Doherty (Co. Donegal, Ireland) September 8, 1930 – April 11, 2021 Proud 65 year Member of Local 721 – Ironworkers. Devoted husband to Gerdie (nee Murphy) (deceased). The best father to Hugh (Sandy), Danny (deceased), Kevin (Vicki), Maureen (Kevin) and Aidan Carr. An even better grandfather to Michael (Jill), Katelyn (Brad), Kevin Jr., Siobhan, Liam and Charlie. Great grandfather to Emelia and Mackenzie. Doherty: Brother to Tim (Iris), Michael, Paddy (Pat), Bridget, Tony (David). Brother in law to Susan and Mary. Predeceased by Mary (Josie), Tommy, Phoncie, Jim and John. Murphy: Brother-in-law to Dick (Betty), Margaret and Nora. Predeceased by Mary (Tom), Frances (Mike), Jerry and Stan. Uncle and Friend to many in Ireland, England, U.S. and Canada.

Passed away on April 11, 2021

Born September 8, 1930

Joined May 1, 1954

Lifetime member – Rodman

George G. Wright

Passed away on January 13, 2021

Born July 3, 1927

Joined July 1, 1981

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Henry Blum

Passed away on January 28, 2021

Born August 4, 1938

Joined January 1, 1959

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Michael Raymond Bridgeman

With heavy hearts and great sadness we announce the death of Michael Raymond Bridgeman on December 20, 2020.  He passed quietly in his sleep.  Mike was born on St. Brendan’s Island, Newfoundland on August 12, 1923, son to William and Mary Anne, brother to Jack, Martin, Bernard, Alice, Margaret (all predeceased). Beloved husband of 64 years to Mary. Dear father to Linda (Glen), Eileen (Chris), Doreen, Michael (Fawn), Bill (Fiona) and John (Catherine). Loved by his grandchildren Chris (Angela), Justin (Courtney), Ashley, Liam, Delaney, Sadie, Jack, Billy, Kaitlyn and Jacob, as well as great grandchildren Felicity, Isabelle, Madison, Charlotte and Peter.  He was a much loved uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Mike grew up building and sailing schooners to fish cod and salmon on the Grand Banks and the Labrador, joining the crew when just 12 years old. He was very proud of his time at the splitting table.  Like many a Newfoundlander before and since, he saw opportunity and a future for his family in Toronto, moving there in the 50s. After a few years in Scarborough, Mike and Mary moved to Pickering in 1967. Being the father of three boys, he was always happy to help with coaching duties in both WestShore and Holy Redeemer leagues, mostly hockey but baseball too. A devoutly religious man, he was very active in the Holy Redeemer church community, where he became involved in the Manresa Retreat House, captaining retreats for over 40 years.  Mike was an active member with the Knights of Columbus, a charter member of the Holy Redeemer Council for over 60 yrs. Mike was also a proud member of Ironworkers Local 721, and only when his health stopped him did he cease marching with them in the Labour Day parade, some 50 years.

Passed away on December 20, 2020

Born August 12, 1923

Joined September 1, 1965

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Danny McGrath

Passed away on February 3, 2021

Born June 10, 1963

Joined March 12, 2001


Lester “Joe” Miller

MILLER, Lester (Joe) passed away peacefully on Monday January 4, 2021 with the warmth of family all around him, in his 90th year.  Joe was the beloved partner of Charlotte (Noble), much loved Dad of Brad (Beth), Deb, Ken (Sue), Karen (Murray), Wendy (John) and extended family Debbie (Michael) and Sue (Dave) and children.  He will be missed by his 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  He leaves behind his sister Shirley Snow, Roly (Doris) Miller, Gerry (Karen) Miller, predeceased by 10 brothers and sisters.  Predeceased by his wife Elaine and son-in-law Doug.

Joe was a lifetime member of Ironworkers Local 721.  He helped build many large buildings, parts of the subway system in Toronto and many other great structures in Ontario.  He finished off his career at the Ontario Power Generation.

Joe was a very kind and good hearted man, husband, father, grandpa and friend.  His door was always open to everyone.  He loved to dance and entertain and there was always enough food to feed any friend that his kids would bring home.  He loved his cottage and later home on Cordova Lake, golfing and enjoying early evening fishing.  His strong values and consideration and respect for others was just who he was.  His smile, happy demeanor and beautiful blue eyes will live in our hearts and memories forever.

We would like to thank the wonderful nurses and doctors at the Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg for taking great care of Joe.

Passed away on January 4, 2021

Born April 18, 1931

Joined November 1, 1960

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Bernard Hughes

Hughes, Brian Born in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan Ireland on February 17, 1936 and passed away peacefully at home in Toronto on October 20, 2020. Beloved husband of Elizabeth (Patsy). Loving father of Margaret (Robert), John (Julie) and Marion (Patrick). Proud grandfather of William (Gabriella), Ryan (Laura), Kathryn, Jennifer (Christopher), Marie (Sean), Andrew, Clare and great grandfather of Zoe and Charlie. Will be greatly missed by his siblings and extended family in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Brian was a longtime member of the Iron Workers Union Local 721 and The Royal Canadian Legion.

Passed away on October 20, 2020

Born February 17, 1936

Joined May 1, 1957

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Franz “Frank” Rudolph Sabata

Peacefully at Lakeridge Health Whitby on Monday, November 16, 2020 in his 98th year. Beloved husband of Marie. Loving father of David Sabata, Inge (Bill) Vanek, Christine (Doug) Found, Terry Jackson (Heather Hardie), Christine (Henry) Eikens, Wanda (Rick) Truax and Patricia (Victor) Calleja. Dearly remembered by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Brother of Monica, Annie and the late Hedi and Rosa.

Passed away on November 17, 2020

Born September 25, 1923

Joined October 31, 1989

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Noah Best

Our dear father Noah Best passed away on December 16th, 2020, at the age of 95. Predeceased by his late wife Nellie Vincent in 1986, son-in-law George, sister Francis, brother Almer. He will be deeply missed by all his family. Children Yvonne, Linda (Doyle), Marlene (Steve), Pauline (Byron). Wife Eva (nee Whalen), step children Gloria and Christine and grandchildren Amanda, Adam and Norman; great-grandson Austin, brother Harrison; and many more family and friends. A special thanks to the staff at Trilogy LTC who cared for him over the last years of his life. Noah is best known for a smile and joking around. He loved to fish in his early years, camping with family and friends. He also loved to swim, go for coffee and some very very long walks. His faith was important as well. He worked in the construction industry, a proud member of Ironworkers Local 721 and a Veteran from WW2, serving in the Merchant Marines.

Passed away on December 16, 2020

Born June 12, 1925

Joined February 1, 1951

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Henry Glatz

Passed away on December 9, 2020

Born September 10, 1942

Joined December 11, 1987

Honorary member – Ironworker

Jason Andrew Poole


Jason Poole (originally from Colliers, NL), a proud member of the Iron Workers Local 721, passed away on November 29, 2020, after a courageous and challenging battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).  He was taken from us way too soon at the young age of 45.  Jason will live forever in the hearts of the pride and joy of his life, his precious 5-year-old daughter, Georgia and his spouse Brandy Hewitt.  He will never be forgotten by his loving mother Shirley, sister Peggy Ann (Steve), brothers Aiden, Terry, Jerry (Denise), and Ed, sister-in-law Alanna Poole, and mother-in-law Shirley Hewitt and their families.  And he will be sadly missed by extended family, numerous friends and his co-workers of the rodbusting world.
Jason was warmly welcomed by the predeceased members of his family, his father John, and his brothers John Jr and Tony. 

Passed away on November 29, 2020

Born April 9, 1975

Joined August 21, 2020


Robert Raymond


Passed away on December 6, 2020

Born July 29, 1968

Joined January 30, 1989


Bernard MacDougall

Passed away on November 13, 2020

Born June 11, 1934

Joined June 1, 1966

Lifetime member – Ironworker

James William Wood

James had a big, kind heart. He was a proud member of the Ironworkers Union #721. He also loved to fish and spend time in the great outdoors. James will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his two children Shamara Janes and James Daniel Wood, father James William Wood Sr., mother and step-father Pat and Dan Thibault, brother Rob Wood (Michelle Aarts), sister Jessica Louks (Trevor Louks), grandfather Robert MacDonald, grandmother Gaetane Thibault, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, a great-niece, a great-nephew, and more extended family members and friends. James was predeceased by his grandparents Shirley MacDonald, and Robert and Marion Wood, and Denis Thibault, Aunt Helen Schaller, and Uncle Ross MacDonald.

Passed away on November 27, 2020

Born August 20, 1979

Joined July 5, 2000


Glen Nagy


Glen Nagy, 88, passed away peacefully on February 17th 2020 at 12:15am, joining his late wife Frances Nagy. Glen was a loving father to four children; Gary, Craig, June (Santino Agueci), and Mark (Diane). He was adored by his seven grandchildren Andrew (Sarah), Cameron (Jessica), Brittany (Derek Speer), Stephen, Cole, Adrienne, and Michael.

Passed away on February 17, 2020

Born November 20, 1931

Joined Feb. 1, 1956

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Isaac Rodgers

Here is Isaac Rodgers’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences.

We are sad to announce that on November 22, 2020 we had to say goodbye to Isaac Rodgers (Brampton, Ontario)

Passed away on November 22, 2020.

Born April 14, 1942

Joined February 1, 1974

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Carl Robinson

 Passed away on November 15, 2020.

Born August 12, 1962

Joined September 21, 2005


Roy Jeffries

Here is Roy Jefferies’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences.

It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Roy Jefferies (Stayner, Ontario), who passed away on November 10, 2020. Family and friends can light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of Roy Jefferies to show support.

He was predeceased by : his parents, Neil Jefferies and Violet Jefferies; and his siblings, Bernice (Harold King) and Gerald (Dorothy Jefferies). He is survived by : his wife Patricia; his sons, Chad (Sonia) and Gregory (Andrea); his grandchildren, Kiara, Cameron, Jade and Austin; his sister Eileen (Claude Vaters); and his brother-in-law John (Florence Horwood). He is also survived by his many nieces, nephews and friends

Passed away on November 10, 2020.

Born December 9, 1947

Joined September 1, 1968

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Dirk Langendyk


A long time member, Dirk Langendyk, passed away on November 5, 2020.  He leaves behind his wife, Antoinette.

Passed away on November 5, 2020.

Born March 14, 1933

Joined November 1, 1957

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Ernest Knecht

Passed away on October 20, 2020.

Born June 26, 1940

Joined April 1, 1966

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Van Horne, Calvin Rowe 

“Calvin Rowe Van Horne, son of the late Bethune and Winston Van Horne was born on January 12,1950, in the parish of Westmoreland, Jamaica West Indies and passed on October 22, 2020.

Calvin attended Savanna La Mar Secondary School. After he graduated his passion was to be a plumber, and his dream was to travel. He was successful in accomplishing both. He was an excellent plumber and enjoyed helping his family and friends with their plumbing needs. He travelled to the Bahamas, Cayman Island and Canada as his final destination and home. He became a Canadian Citizen, and worked very hard to achieve all his goals, including going back to school (George Brown College) to attain another trade as a welder and became a proud member of the Iron Workers Union.

He met and married the love of his life Barbara Lashley. They shared 50 wonderful and inseparable years together.Their marriage produced six children combined, two sons and four daughters. Shelly, Ricky, Kathy, Davon, Dawn and Kevin.

Calvin was a loving, caring family man who worked very hard and provided for his family. He made sure that Barbara and the kids had all they needed and he was always there for the family. Calvin loved his family dearly and he cherished his grand-children. He was always there for them and his love and dedication for his family can be seen in the relationship they had with him even unto death. Calvin was loved by everyone who knew him, always willing to help, very seldom he would say no. No matter how sick he was or if he was in pain, he never complained he put his trust in God and prayed.

One of his greatest passions was cooking and eating. He loved good food and he loved to cook. As a family we always enjoyed many of his special dishes that he liked to prepare. Holidays were always fun because everyone looked forward going to Dad/Granddad as he was affectionately called, knowing he would have lots of good food for everyone (and drinks). The last thing he did for his beautiful wife was to make her favourite barbecue.

Calvin is survived by his wife Barbara, six children, grandchildren, great grandchildren. Three brothers and one sister all living in the USA, nephews, nieces, cousins countless family members ,and many friends all over the world.

He will be greatly missed by his family and all those who knew him.

May his soul rest in peace, Perpetual Peace.


Passed away on October 22, 2020.

Born January 12, 1950

Joined February 1, 1986

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Randy “Butch” Colin Hill

Randy “Butch” Colin Hill, born at the Lady Willingdon Hospital in Ohsweken, Ontario, on November 1st, 1951, began his next journey on Monday September 28th, 2020, at the Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario.  He was the beloved husband of Iris MacDonald and leaves son, Nathan and Jen and Grand Children:  Maddison (Maddison Blue), Meira (Beagle) and Layton (Leapschkin).  He also leaves behind his brother Larry and Lana, sister Ava and Cy, brother John and Karen, brother Darryl (Jy) and sister Tracy.  Butch was a Special Uncle to several nieces and nephews and much loved by his surviving Aunts and his Uncle Roger (Buck) Smith and many cousins and friends.  Butch was also a Special Friend of Dr. Doug (Slug) Crane.  He is pre-deceased by his parents, Fred (Mick) Hill and Elaine (Smith), and his little sister, Brenda.   Butch is well known as a superb athlete who excelled in hockey and baseball throughout his younger years.  He was also an Ironworker who not only worked around home but in the Bahamas and Puerto Rico.  Butch spent many years working with the horses and was a licensed trainer with Standardbred Canada.  He was most proud of his valued horse “In the Irons” who he affectionately called “Arnie”.  Butch is resting at his home at 2852 Fifth Line, Six Nations.

Passed away on September 28, 2020.

Born March 3, 1933

Joined January 1, 1987


Francesco Tangredi


God called Francesco on September 23, 2020 at the age of 78. He will be forever missed by his loving wife, Anna. Cherished by his dear children, Mary (Frank Racco), and Antonella. Proud Nonno to Anthony and Jonathan. He will always be remembered by his brother Nicola (Pasqualina), his sister Elena (Alfredo Zuccaro) and his sister-in-law Luigina. Francesco is pre-deceased by his brother Michele. He will be held dear in the hearts of his family, relatives, and many friends.

Passed away on September 23, 2020.

Born August 24, 1942

Joined May 1, 1966

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Harold Moffatt

Passed away on September 18, 2020.

Born January 15, 1931

Joined July 1, 1957

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Robert “Bob” Lister Morris

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Robert on September 11, 2020 at home in his 90th year. Predeceased by his beloved wife Rose (2015) and son Gary (2016). Loving mother to Beverley Turbitt (Barry). Adored grandfather to Geoffrey (Stephanie), Kalyn (Pietro), Michelle, Brittany, Brady and great-grandfather to James, Mackenzie, Christian and Sophia. Loving Brother-In-Law to Maragret Emlay (predeceased Bobby). He will be deeply missed by his cherished nieces, nephews, cousins, the entire Jayasinghe Family and his extended family and friends. Robert was an avid member of Sackville Seniors Centre and will be greatly missed by his Bingo buddies. Special thanks to Victor from V.O.N. for his kind care and compassion for Robert. Keeping with Robert’s wishes. Bob has been with the Iron Workers receiving his last pin of 55 years. Bob loved his time in the Union enjoying his work and all of the fellow friends he made over the years. In the past few years he looked for his monthly magazine to see which dear friends had passed. Now its his time to be seen in the Iron Workers Union Magazine.

Passed away on September 11, 2020.

Born March 12, 1931

Joined November 1, 1962

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Paul Alexander Houde

“Our beautiful Paul passed away peacefully on Friday, September 11th, 2020 at the age of 77, at Belleville General Hospital, and into the presence of Jesus Christ, his Savior and Redeemer and surrounded by his beloved family. Paul is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Elizabeth Ann Houde (nee Cunliffe), his cherished children, Paula (Sam Gomas), John, Susan (Ryan Kennedy) and Elizabeth’s Ann’s son John, his beloved grandchildren Keegan (Dan), Gabriel, Sophia, Charlie and Ben, and great grandson Everett. We acknowledge Josh as a chosen grandson to the family as he and Paul has a very special friendship. Predeceased by his parents Phillip John Houde (1991) and Rita Josephine (nee Beary) Houde (2008), sister Patricia Anne Houde (1986) and brother Robert Phillip Houde (2017). Before illness took its toll, Paul was full of life, loved people and seldom passed anyone by. Paul ministered to the hurting, sick and dying for over 35 years. Paul had a heart full of compassion and always found time to speak to and encourage those in need. He will be missed by his church family, his precious friends, loved ones and those he reached out to in the streets who needed the love of Jesus. aul always wanted people to know how much Jesus Christ transformed his life and for him personally it was life changing. WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT ENTER MY KINGDOM Paul was a proud Ironworker and a member of the Ironworkers Union (Toronto Local 721) for over 55 years. He loved being an Ironworker and said it was a joy to go to work. We would like to thank Dr. Robert Webster and the Doctors, Nurses, PSW’s etc. at BGH Quinte 4 and Sills 3 (Stroke Unit), and also the Paramedics for the care given to Paul. 

Passed away on September 11, 2020.

Born June 5, 1943

Joined September 1, 1963

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Gordon Gallant 

“The death occurred peacefully at the Prince County Hospital, Summerside, on Saturday, August 29, 2020 of Gordon “Beaver” Gallant, beloved husband of Pearl Gallant, (nee Blacquiere), formerly of Rusticoville, aged 84.

He was the loving father of Marlene Cotter (Don), Sharon Gallant and Michael Gallant (Raquel); grandfather of Mark Cotter (Tina), Matt Cotter; Adam Godfrey (Shelby Grant), Ryan Godfrey; and Rachel and Abigael Gallant; and great-grandfather of Cadence Cotter.

He is also survived by his brothers, Harvey (Bernadette deceased) and Gary Gallant (Marlene); sisters, Bernice Doiron (Martin deceased), Louise Doiron (Elmer) and Kathleen Hughes (Terry deceased); sisters-in-law, Betty Buote, Rejeanne Gallant and Noelle Gallant; the extended Blacquiere family; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gordon was predeceased by his parents, Clarence and Marion (Doiron) Gallant of Mayfield; brothers, Charlie, Walter (Bridie), Vernon, Erwin and Cody; and sister, Shirley.

Passed away on Augusta 29, 2020.

Born January 12, 1936

Joined December 1, 1959

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Ambrose Lewis 


With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Ambrose F. Lewis at home with his wife by his side on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at the age of 73. Dearly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 35 years Helen Morari as well as his family in Newfoundland

Passed away on August 30, 2020

Born February 24, 1947

Joined June 16, 1989

Lifetime member – Ironworker

 Edward Melbourn Williamson

“Edward passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 8, 2020, in Brampton, surrounded by his family. Loving father, brother, grandfather, and friend. Edward will be missed by all who knew and loved him”.

Passed away on August 8, 2020

Born March 9, 1928

Joined February 17, 1988

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Emilio Frati

Passed away on June 29, 2020

Born September 1, 1966

Joined August 30, 1933

Lifetime member – Rodmen

George Duguay

Passed away on June 25, 2020

Born July 1, 1971

Joined May 3, 1935

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Kevin Robert O’Donnell

Kevin Robert O’Donnell, passed away on June 24, 2020 after a lengthy illness. Loving son of Vivian Bourgaize (O’Donnell) and the late Leo Francis O’Donnell. Brother to Lorna, John (Karen) and Sandra. Predeceased by sister Karen. Uncle to Laura, Jason, Shane, Nicole and Patrick. Great Uncle to Ethan, Anthony, Karen, James and Cody. Kevin will be sadly missed. Donations in Kevin’s memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Passed away on June 24, 2020

Born January 25, 1962

Joined August 28, 1989

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Alberico Tamburro

Alberico Tamburro, age 73 , passed away peacefully at Humber River Hospital in Toronto Canada. He was born on February 22, 1947 in Monteleone di Puglia, Foggia, Italia to Antonio and Lucia Tamburro. Alberico came to Canada in the late 1960s where he met and married his wife Maria Tamburro (Baccellieri) and had two children, Antonio and Lucia. Family was first to Alberico, which was evidently shown in his hard work as the family provider where he spent his life as a welder. He found enjoyment in life’s simple pleasures – chatting with his brothers, working on his garden, solving math problems, listening to music (favourite was the tarantella) and playing with his beloved grandchildren. Alberico is survived by his wife Maria Tamburro, his children Antonio Tamburro and Lucia Caparelli, his son in law Ernesto Caparelli and grandchildren Elio and Valentina.

Passed away on June 14, 2020

Born February 22, 1947

Joined December 1, 1980

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Dwayne Franz Pearson


Passed away on May 28, 2020

Born February 08, 1986

Joined October 1, 2019


Laurent Gravelle

(Retired and dedicated GTA field superintendent and Harris Rebar Teammate for over 30 years)

After a short but courageous battle with an aggressive form of Lymphoma, Lawrence passed away peacefully with his family by his side. He was surrounded by love, cherished memories, song, laughter and many tears as he started his peaceful journey . He will be remembered by his Loving wife Wanda with whom he happily shared the last 25 years of his life with.  He will also be lovingly remembered by his 2 sons Paul and Dave who chose to follow in their father’s footsteps, working for Harris Rebar and Nucor.  He was truly loved and celebrated as a kind and wonderful man by those that will miss him including Paul’s partner Nel and her children Lorissa, Jessica and Kristyn,  Dave’s wife Michelle and their two children Jessica and Sara.  His daughters by marriage,  Angela (Robert) and their children Anastasia and Ariana and Tanya (Tim) and their two children Jacob and Alexandra.  All six grandchildren will forever remember him as a very special Papere. Fondly remembered and loved by his siblings and extended family in the Greater Sudbury area.  

Passed away on June 5, 2020

Born August 15, 1943

Joined September 1, 1964

Lifetime member – Rodmen

Raymond Pellerin

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the end of Raymond Joseph Pellerin’s short battle with cancer on June 10, 2020 under the exceptional care of the palliative team at PRHC. Raymond was the loving father of Justin Pellerin (Jennifer Pellerin), Karina Pellerin (Kevin Henry), spouse of Norma Pellerin and proud and wonderful grandfather of Cole and Reid Pellerin as well as Owen Henry. Son of the late Margo and Wilfred Pellerin, loving Brother of Paulette Trejgo (Kaz), Paul Pellerin (Jane), and will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Raymond was a dedicated ironworker, motorcycle enthusiast and was a member of the ironworkers biker club. Raymond also enjoyed playing various instruments in his free time, which his grandchildren will fondly remember. We thank everyone of Raymond’s friends who have been supporting him and the family throughout this time. A celebration of life will follow at a later date. Donations can be kindly made to the PRHC foundation. 

Passed away on June 10, 2020

Born July 07, 1994

Joined November 18, 1957

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Anthony Daly

Passed away on May 5, 2020

Born June 23, 1927

Joined February 1, 1952

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Walter Gordon Alexander Taylor

Walter entered into the Spirit World suddenly at his home on Thursday May 21, 2020. Walter Taylor of Curve Lake in his 61st year. Walter had a very unique sense of humour that will be missed by many. He was a graduate of Lakefield District Secondary School, coached a men’s hockey team from Curve Lake for many years and was an avid canoe racer. As an ironworker with Local 721, Walter helped build the Confederation Bridge from New Brunswick to P.E.I. He was the well-known King of the Red Locust Hunt Camp and a mentor to all. He will be remembered as the ‘centre of the world’ for all of his family. Loved and missed by his daughters Christina (Peter), Ashley (Shane), Nickie (Granger) and Sara, and his 3 grandchildren. Lovingly remembered by his siblings Ellen (Glenn), J.C. (Brian), Susie, Florence, Gayle, Kathy (Allan) and Joe (Wendy). Dear uncle of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. Special friend to Tracey Taylor. Predeceased by his parents Kathleen and Gordon, sister Beatrice (Bob) and brother-in-law Jim Lippert.

Walter Taylor  joined the Ironworkers on August 1, 1979.

Walter passed away very suddenly on May 21, 2020 in his 60th year. He was always proud to be a member of the Ironworkers Union 721.

Passed away on May 21, 2020

Born January 07, 1960

Joined August 1, 1979


Rickard “Rick” Allen Hearsum

HEARSUM, Richard Allen (Rick) – Of Guelph, born February 27, 1956, passed away in his sleep on Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Guelph, Ontario. He was 64.

Beloved son of Ednah Hearsum of Chesley. Predeceased by his father Norman Hearsum. Loving father of Tanya Hearsum (Dean) Clooten of Kamloops, B.C., Riki Hearsum of Guelph, Kinsley Chase Orr of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Ryan James Carter of Surrey, B.C. Adoring grandfather of Alisha, Madison, Keaton and Kingston. Dear brother of James (Lori) Hearsum of Peterborough, Robert Hearsum of Maple Ridge, B.C. and Dianne (Steve) Hills of Tara. Cherished uncle to his nieces and nephews Benjamin (Donna), Abigail (Bruce), Blake (Grace), Andrew (Megan), Chrissi (Nigel), Avery and Brielle (Darren), and their children.

Rick was a funny, hardworking, talented, caring man who enjoyed his life to the fullest, glorying in the fun times and rolling with the punches when life threw him curves. He was a skilled tradesman, a drywaller, welder and jack-of-all trades who delivered high-quality results and made friends wherever he worked. Rick was a talented singer and guitar player who loved nothing more than performing with anyone and everyone. He also enjoyed fishing and vegetable gardening, but most of all Rick loved spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren.

Passed away on May 28, 2020

Born February 27, 1956

Joined November 11, 2004


Steven Pitt

A very proud Ironworker, Steve always said the “skyline is our legacy”. 

Passed away on March 31, 2020

Born November 18, 1958

Joined November 07, 1997


Rudolf Janssen 

Passed away on March 31, 2020

Born July 22, 1932

Joined January 1, 1959

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Andrew Joseph Oates

Andrew joined the Ironworkers on July 1, 1953. He passed away peacefully at Hants Community Hospital Nova Scotia on Friday March 13th, 2020 at the age of 88. Predeceased by his wife Shirley (Randell) of 56 years. Loving father of Bradley and his wife Carol and Susan and her husband David Janes all of Brooklin. Loving grandfather of Jennifer and her husband Evan, Andrew and his partner Sydney, Curtis and Amy. Dear brother of Laura Brokate. Predeceased by Mike, Patricia, Mary, Albert and Verna. Andrew will be fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews and their families for his love to socialize and have fun. Andy came to Toronto in 1949, eventually becoming an Ironworker for Local 721 Toronto. Retiring December 1991 Andy recently received a 60 Year Recognition Pin for his service as an Ironworker. Special thanks to his close friend Vi Rideout and her family of Nova Scotia, for their support and friendship.

Passed away on March 13, 2020

Born September 15, 1931

Joined November 1, 1960

Lifetime member – Ironworker

James “Jim” McMaster 

With broken hearts, we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Jim. Best friend and husband to Wendy, loving father to children Jamie-Lee, Jesse James and Lyndsy; step-children Alicia and Melissa. Super-hero grandfather to Shane, Darin, Ava-Marie, Jaxson, Zayne, Trent, Logan, Khloe, Dylan, Marcus and Lucus. Loving son to Laura, the late Robert; brother to Chris, Laurie, Jenny and the late Gary.
Proud member of local 721 and long-time employee of Phillips, Jim lived life to the fullest. There was nothing he enjoyed more then spending time with family, friends and casting a line. So even though there is a Jim sized hole in our family, we know, in our hearts, he has just Gone Fishing’.

Passed away on February 23, 2020

Born September 20, 1962

Joined March 27, 2015


Hensley Roy

A member since November 1, 1965, Hensley Roy passed away unexpectedly at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre – KGH on Thursday, February 6, 2020 in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of Greta of Napanee/Burlington. Loving father of Vic (Marilyn) of Belleville, Elizabeth MacLean of Cape Breton, Wendy Bailey (Scott) of Belleville, late Richard, Pam Roy (Jess) of Canmore and Ken (Nikki) of Stirling. Caring grandfather of 12 and dear great grandfather of 2. Fondly remembered by his four siblings. Longtime proud member of Ironworkers Local 721.

Passed away on February 6, 2020

Born November 29, 1937

Joined November 1, 1965

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Calogero Caci

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Calogero on  Thursday January 30, 2020 at the age of 71. Calogero is now re-united in heaven with his dear parents Anna and Girolamo Caci. Calogero was the loving husband of Amelia. Devoted father of Anna Caci and Jerry Caci. The admired brother of Rosa Vella, Fortunato and his wife Maria Caci and Giuseppina and her husband Diego Butera. Calogero with be fondly remembered for his love of soccer and always cheered loudly for his home country of Italy during the World Cup. Calogero will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all his family and friends in Canada and Italy.

Passed away on January 30, 2020

Born June 9, 1948

Joined November 1, 1980

Lifetime member – Rodmen

Benny Busch Andersen

ANDERSEN, Hans Benny Busch  –  Hans Benny Busch Andersen, 85, husband of the late Sonja (nee Simonsen), of Ajax, passed away on January 24, 2020, at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa. Born May 20, 1934 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Benny and his wife and young son immigrated to Canada in 1957, where they came to Toronto to start a new life. Benny worked many jobs such as building radio towers across Canada, owning his own pool company, real estate agent and iron worker by trade – Local 721 for 55 years. He is survived by his three children, Tim (Gladys), John (Patricia) and Ingrid (Mark); his seven grandchildren, Rebecca, Kevin (Samantha), Brett, Caitlin (Travis), Madison (Troy), Benjamin and Mikayla. He is also survived by his two great-grandchildren, John Avery and Dylan Asher. Predeceased by daughter-in-law Diane Andersen. Benny Anderson was so happy to attend the Ironworkers Pin Party this year, celebrating 55 years and more.

Passed away on January 24, 2020

Born May 20, 1934

Joined June 1, 1980

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Paul W. Hili

Paul W. Hili,  40 year member of Iron Workers Local 721 Passed away peacefully with his family by his side on December 25th, 2019 at the age of 79. Beloved husband to Terina for 50 years. Loving father to Joanne and Paul (Lucrecia). Proud papa to Charlotte and Myah. Paul will fondly be remembered and sadly missed by many other relatives and friends. The family received friends at MOUNT LAWN FUNERAL HOME (21 Garrard Street Whitby 905-443-3376) on Saturday January 4th for a celebration of life from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Lakeridge Health Oshawa (G Wing) for their compassionate care of Paul. Memorial donations may be made to War Amps Canada. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Lakeridge Health Oshawa (G Wing) for their compassionate care of Paul. Memorial donations may be made to War Amps Canada.

Passed away on December 25, 2019

Born September 22, 1940

Joined February 1, 1979

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Marc Nadeau

Passed away on January 9, 2020

Born April 15, 1938

Joined January 1, 1976

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Kevin Patrick Simon

Suddenly in Toronto on Tuesday December 10th, 2019 in his 43rd year. Beloved son of Patrick and Carmen Simon. Loving brother of Jason Simon (Donna). Dear uncle of Isabella, Isaac, Jaiden and Caitlin. Grandson of Conrad (Mance) and the late Alice Boileau and the late Harold and Elizabeth Simon. Nephew of Pauline, Ron, Margaret, Wayne, Sylvia, Theresa and Gale and the late John, Vivian, Gordon, Marie, Albert, Rita, Earl, Harold and Danny. Lovingly remembered by many cousins.

Passed away on December 10, 2019

Born January 22, 1977

Joined October 16, 2002


James G Craig

In loving memory of James Gerald Craig, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who passed away on November 24, 2019, at the young age of 64. Gerry will be sadly missed by his wife Christine, children, Jeremy, Jenna (Andrew) and grandchildren, Carter and Abigail. Predeceased by Betty and Jim Craig, and cherished by siblings, Nora (Bill, deceased), Terry (Fran), Liz (George) and Liette. Also loved dearly by Helen (Chuck, deceased), Joey and Debbie Franze, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Passed away on November 24, 2019

Born February 06, 1955

Joined October 1, 1979

Honorary member – Ironworker

Danny Nanos

Passed away on November 16, 2019

Born February 14, 1934

Joined September 1, 1958

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Curtis Jay Appleyard

Suddenly and unexpectedly after a workplace incident on November 12th, 2019 at 44 years of age. Devoted father of Jacob Khoury. Cherished son of Eva Appleyard (nee Goodall), Steve and Denise Appleyard. Adored brother of Dayna Appleyard-Bezaire and husband Bevan, Jacob Appleyard and William Appleyard. Proud uncle of Kane. Curtis will be sadly missed by his aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many lifelong friends. Curtis was a wonderful soul with his bubbly eyes, big smile and his genuine hugs. His quick wit, confident manner, tenacious spirit and ability to make connections will be forever held in our hearts. If you so desire, donations to Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Passed away on November 12, 2019

Born August 18, 1975

Joined October 1, 1919


Robert Edmund Snowdy

Robert E. Snowdy, born 15 April, 1939 and died 24 October, 2019. Robert, or as everyone knew him as Ed, was an Ironworker with local 721. Ed ran several big projects at pretty much every auto plant and other manufacturing plants, in Southern Ontario and beyond. He had a 50+ year career that saw him travel most of Canada and the US, from the southern states to the Canadian Arctic. Kathleen A Snowdy, born 2 April, 1942 and died 5 January, 2021. Kathleen was a teacher for the Durham Separate Board. Teaching at St. Gregory’s in Oshawa and St. Theresa’s in Whitby before retiring. She was a dedicated teacher, who enjoyed hearing about students who she taught and what they were doing. Ed and Kay were married for 57 years, living in Oshawa for most of them. In their retirement they loved to travel and they saw the world. They also went to every sporting or school event that their grandkids had. They are survived by their son’s, Robert and Paul and their grandkids, Kyle, Samantha, Brad and Emily. Kay is survived by her sister, Mary. Ed is survived by his sisters Grace and Sicily and brothers Bill, Bert, Stan, Norman and predeceased by his brother Maynard and sister Mary.

Passed away on October 24, 2019

Born April 15, 1939

Joined April 1, 1956

Lifetime member – Ironworker

John Denis “Tommy” Christie

John “Tommy” D Christie, age 82, passed away peacefully on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario after a long battle with Leukemia. Born March 28, 1937 in Bathurst, NB the youngest of nine children of the late Denis and Malvina Christie. John is survived by his wife of over 50 years Phyllis (nee Locke) Christie and his children Deborah (Alex), Richard and Jeffrey (Antonia). John was a devoted “Poppy” to seven grandchildren who were an important part of his life. Daniel, Matthew, Brooklynne, Jessica, William, Olivia and Jonathan will all miss their Poppy dearly. He is also survived by his brother Ernest Christie (the late Jenny) and many nieces and nephews. He will be sincerely missed by sister-in-law Nadine Nikita and her husband Mike as well as his niece Stephanie and nephew Ryan. He will be dearly missed by his sister-in-law Catharina “Tina” Christie (late Alphonse) of Fredericton, NB. Predeceased by brothers Richard (Mina), James (Noella); sisters Macrena (Alfred), Marion (Rheal), Florida (Theophus “Boy”) and Isabel (Jack).John was an Ironworker by trade and proud member of Local 721 in Toronto for over 50 years. In his youth he was an amateur boxer in New Brunswick. In his later years he enjoyed hunting, golfing, sailing, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid sports fan and loved to watch the Toronto Maple Leafs, Blue Jays and Raptors.

Passed away on October 6, 2019

Born March 28, 1937

Joined August 1, 1965

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Malcolm J Pike

Passed away on October 29, 2019

Born June 15, 1935

Joined April 1, 1963

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Clifford Smith

He loved to wear his 721 hats and sweaters.

Passed away on October 2, 2019

Born March 15, 1929

Joined May 1, 1964

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Gary Sandy

At home surrounded by love on Monday, September 23, 2019 at the age of 63 years.  Loving father of Gary (Paddy), Ron (Lilia), Tawnya (Tom), Josh, James, and Elijah.  Grandfather to Cassandra, Amber, Tamara, Joseph, Frankie, Odessa, Kaydence, Aiden, Numeria, Shepherd, Warren,  Teagan, Jillian, Kayden, Maya, and Isabella.  Brother to Moe (Mary), Gail, Mike (Kelly), John (Brenda), Jerry, Stewart, Brenda (Sherwin), Bev (Freeman), Linda, and Sherry.  Predeceased by parents Mitchell & Geraldine Sandy, and brothers Jagwadeth, and Cleveland Sandy.  Special uncle to many nieces & nephews.  Gary worked many years with the Iron Workers Local #721, Toronto.

Passed away on September 23, 2019

Born March 4, 1956

Joined september 12, 2017

Honorary member – Ironworker


Randall “Randy” James Reid

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Randy Reid, of Stirling, at the Kingston General Hospital on Saturday, September 21st, 2019 at the age of 65. He is the son of the late William & Helen Reid. He will be sadly missed by his son Clint Leavey, as well as his surviving brothers and sister; Rodger Reid, Rodney Reid all of Stirling and Susan Reid of White Lake and their families. If desired, memorial donations to either Emmanuel United Church or the Heart & Stroke Foundation are appreciated.

Passed away on September 21, 2019

Born February 7, 1954

Joined April 19, 1989

Honorary member – Ironworker


Klemens Beyfuss

Klemens Beyfuss passed away peacefully at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at the age of 86 years. He was born on December 2, 1932 to Klemens and Elisabeth. He was an Ironworker since July 1, 1956.  He was the beloved husband of Loni, and a loving father of Peter (Tilda), Thomas, Barbara and Gabriele.  Cherished grandpa of Kaitlyn (Martin), Cassandra, Jack, Daniel and Rachel. His memory is our keepsake, and he will always be in our hearts.

Passed away on August 25, 2019

Born December 2, 1932

Joined July 1, 1956

Lifetime member – Ironworker


Candace Dawn Boccaccio

Candace Dawn Boccaccio, age 38, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay. She was born September 23, 1980 to Mary & Richard. She followed in her dad’s footsteps and became an Ironworker in 2000. She had a huge heart, a smart mouth, and a fierce love for her boys. She showed incredible strength and determination throughout her 3+ year battle with metastatic cervical cancer. Never losing her compassion for others, or her sense of humour, she was a champion to the end. She is survived by her children, Dominic & Damian, her parents Mary & Richard, her brother Jamie (Pam), her sisters Maegan (Will) & Jessica (Shaun), and her 4 nephews. 

“With brave wings, she flies”

Passed away on August 21, 2019

Born September 23, 1980

Joined December 15, 2000


Ryan Andrew MacDonald

Ryan suddenly passed away on “Friday, August 23, 2019 at the age of 34. Beloved husband of Danielle Kattler. Dear daddy of Joshua and Kier. Cherished son of Kim (Greg) and John (Susana). Loving brother of Holly, Chris (Vanessa), Brittany (Borna). Son-in-law of Donna Kattler and grandson-in-law of Joyce Kattler and brother-in-law of Desiree (Neil). Remembered by his grandmother Marie. Ryan will also be greatly missed by his aunts, uncles, nephews, niece, cousins other relatives, many friends and his union brothers at Ironworkers Local 721.

Passed away on August 23, 2019
Born July 01, 2010
Joined October 31, 1984

Ken Hunter

Passed away on August 9, 2019

Born August 2, 1941

Joined July 1, 1979


Antonio “Tony” Rizzo

It is with heavy hearts that the Rizzo family announce the passing of Antonino on Wednesday August 7, 2019. Beloved husband of Raimonda. Proud father to his late son Salvatore (Michelle) and son Michael (Tina). Loving Nonno to his grandchildren Alessia, Vanessa, Ava and Giuliano. Antonino will be sadly missed and forever loved by his family and friends. 

Passed away on August 7, 2019

Born September 20, 1945

Joined June 1, 1973

Lifetime member – Rodmen

Jerome Calnan

Peacefully at Streamway Villa Nursing Home in Cobourg on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, Jerome Calnan at 78 years of age.  Beloved husband of Pat Calnan (nee Pontbriand).  Loving father of Kim Harvey (Doug) and Chris Calnan (Louise).  Cherished grandfather of Gary King (Daphnee), Terry King, Anna Harvey, Cody Calnan, Colin Douglas, and great grandfather of Olivier King.  Dear brother of JoAnne Boyle (the late Eugene),the late Patsy Prentice (the late Glen), Sharon Ritchie (Mike), Barbara Rout (Doug), Carolyn Mrakava (the late Frank), Mary Alice “Red” Quigley (Alfred), Pauline Freemantle (Dean), Tom Calnan (Cheryl), David Calnan (Sandy),the late Danny Calnan, Donald Calnan (Cathy).  Also missed by numerous nieces and nephews and life long best friend of the late Owen Cooney.

Passed away on July 31, 2019

Born November 30, 1940

Joined November 1, 1950

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Robert Neil

It is with heavy hearts that we announce Rob’s sudden passing on Sunday, July 28th, 2019 at the age of 55. Beloved husband of Maureen for 32 years. Proud and loving father of Carly and Emily. Survived by his mother, Margaret, and siblings Ruby, Dan (Cassie) and Holly (Jesse). Cherished uncle of Rory, Josh, Tanner, Lily, Jesse, Isabella, Julia, and Riley. Rob’s family meant the world to him, and he always encouraged his daughters to reach for the stars. Rob was a proud and devoted member of Ironworkers Union Local 721 for 38 years. He inspired many over the years with his strong work ethic and dedication to the local. Rob taught his daughters how to skate, play hockey, and be passionate Toronto Maple Leafs fans. He was a dedicated hockey coach for the Oakville Hornets for many years.An Ironworker since May 1, 1982,  Rob Neil passed away on July 28, 2019 at the young age of 55. He is deeply missed by the Local, his colleagues and Ironworkers everywhere. He was a great Business Agent, an amazing Ironworker, and a wonderful person.

Passed away on July 28, 2019

Born October 1, 1963

Joined May 1, 1982


Pietro Rosada

Passed away on July 23, 2019

Born July 23, 1925

Joined June 1, 1956

Lifetime member – Rodmen

Jason Dafoe

Passed away on July 19, 2019

Born October 8, 1974

Joined April 1, 2015


William “Bill” Arthur Rebalkin 

Born in Canora, Sask. and raised in Kamsack, Sask., Bill passed away peacefully at the age of 87 at the Guelph General Hospital on July 3rd, 2019, surrounded by his family. Predeceased by his parents, William Sr. and Pauline, and his sister, Kathleen, Bill is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Jean (Hayes), and his adoring daughter, Martha. He is sadly missed by his cherished grandsons, Connor and Duncan, and his favourite son-in-law, John David MacNeil. Bill will also be missed by his cousin in British Columbia, Karen McDonald. Bill had a long career as an Ironworker including running his company, Epsilon Reinforcing Steel, which was his pride and joy. After retirement, Bill enjoyed golfing, traveling and cruising with Jean to numerous countries around the world, hanging out with his coffee buddies, and the company of his beloved cats.

Passed away on July 3, 2019

Born November 14, 1931

Joined February 1, 1965

Lifetime member – Rodmen

Richard “Rick” Crabbe

It is with great sadness that the family of Rick (Crabby) Crabbe, in his 50th year announce his sudden passing on June 5, 2019 with his family at his side. Son of Richard and Cathy and the late Sharon Crabbe, brother to Lynn Stranges (Vince), Jason (Christine) Crabbe, uncle to Adriana and Christian Concolino, Anthony Stranges, Olivia, Owen and Jaxson Crabbe, survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins from Niagara Falls and Lewiston, NY.; predeceased by grandparents Al and Vera Crabbe and Jessie and Bob Wiltse. Rick was a proud Ironworker for Local 721, his happiest times were spent camping, riding his Harley and finding new adventures around every corner. He was a devoted son to his mom Sharon with whom he is now reunited and was a faithful and generous friend to so many.

Passed away on June 5, 2019

Born September 14, 1968

Joined May 18, 2011


Karl Atzelsberger

Passed away peacefully on May 29, 2019, nine days after his 90th Birthday. Beloved husband of Herta Atzelsberger for 65 years. Father of Harald and his wife Heather, and Irene and her husband Dennis Hazell. Loving grandfather of Cam (Carly) Hazell and Kira (Kyle) Hiemstra, and dearest great-grandfather of Walker Hazell and Archer Hazell.

Passed away on May 29, 2019
Born May 20, 1929
Joined June 1, 1962
Lifetime member – Ironworker

John Dyminski

Passed away on May 26, 2019

Born August 23, 1960

Joined December 16, 1988


William “Bill” Campbell

It is with heavy hearts; we announce the sudden passing of William Campbell (Billy) at the age of 76 while he was vacationing with family in Florida.  Bill was born January 9,1943 in Sydney N.S. and was the loving son of the late Malcolm and Annie McNeil. Bill is survived by his wife Sharon nee Porga and son Wade (Laxmi) and daughters Nadine (Zolie), Mitzi, Melissa (Paul) and Dana (Kevin). Cherished grandfather of Nicole, Johan, Liam, Christopher, Kolby, Araylia, Rhiley and Sierra. Bill is also survived by his sisters Mary Broley, Carmella Moore, Carol MacKinnon and brothers Eddy, Wayne, Jimmy, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by brothers Mack, Johnny, Lenny, and sister Phemie Crane.  Bill was a retired member of Ironworkers Local 721 Toronto. Though Bill thoroughly enjoyed his beer, his number one passion was his grandchildren who he cherished deeply. Second to that was sitting by the fire at his trailer in Cayuga. He could always be seen (and heard) at night sitting around the fire, singing and dancing along with friends and family. In Bill’s later years, he enjoyed travelling around the world visiting with his children.
Passed away on September 15, 2019
Born January 9, 1943
Joined October 1, 1983
Lifetime member – Ironworker

Raymond Dwyer

Passed away on April 22, 2019

Born August 22, 1940

Joined November 1, 1961

Lifetime member – Ironworker

George Harold Orr

ORR, GEORGE HAROLD 1926-2019 TORONTO, ON – George Orr 93, formerly of Rexton NB, passed away peacefully after a short illness on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Scarborough Health Network – General Hospital. Husband of the late Barbara Orr, brother of the late Albert Orr and father of the late Stephen Orr. George was the proud recipient of the Atlantic Star, Burma Star and War Medal 1939-45 for services performed in the Merchant Navy during World War II 1939-1945. He was also a 65 Year Member of Ironworkers Local 721. George will be sadly missed by his daughters, Janie Orr Peterson of Stouffville ON, Linda Trimble (Ken) of Stouffville and daughter-in-law Joan Lovell of Scarborough. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Sean (Michelle) Trimble of Stouffville and Lindsay (D’Arcy) O’Connor of Vancouver. Fondly known as “Old Poppa” to his great grandchildren; Lauren, Cashel, Abby and Nolan. George will be laid to rest in Rexton NB Arrangements in the care Thompson’s Funeral Home, 33 Acadia Street, Richibucto NB. 

Passed away on April 3, 2019

Born January 29, 1926

Joined June 1, 1951

Lifetime member – Ironworker

Gary Spurrell

He will be missed.

Passed away on March 1, 2000

Born May 19, 1956

Joined March 1, 2000

Honorary member – Ironworker

Samuel McGraw

Passed away on April 4, 2019

Born September 15, 1952

Joined December 7, 2017


John “Jack” Harold Piticco


A member since September 1, 1985, Jack Piticco passed away on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the age of 76 years old at the Belleville General Hospital on Friday, March 29. 2019, age 76 years. Jack Piticco of Brighton, son of the late Guido Piticco and the late Jenny (King). Loving partner of Lorraine Côte. Dear father of Steve Piticco (Spike) of Brighton, Pamela Piticco, Mark Piticco (Mary-Ann Durdin), Lianne Piticco (Brad Simpson), all of Burlington, and Sheila Piticco (Herb Willows) of Grande Prairie, Alberta. Brother of Norma Mussey of Scarborough and Joanne Gosling (Phil) of Bracebridge. Sadly missed by his many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Passed away on March 29, 2019

Born May 14, 1940

Joined September 1, 1985

Lifetime member – Ironworker

    Larry Huard

    Passed away on March 17, 2019

    Born April 18, 1956

    Joined December 1, 1985

    Honorary member – Ironworker

    Fred Robert Romano


    ” You left us beautiful memories. Your love is still our guide. And through we cannot see you, you are always by our side” is the inscription written for Fred Romano, an Ironworker since November 1, 1951.  He was born on September 4th, 1925.  He passed away on March 22, 2019.

    For more details, please visit the website of the Scott Funeral Home, Woodbridge Chapel.

    Passed away on March 22, 2019

    Born September 4, 1925

    Joined November 1, 1951

    Lifetime member – Ironworker

    David Carl Gillespie

    David Carl Gillespie, Formerly of Mono, Ontario passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in his 62nd year. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 27 years Patsy and son Daniel and wife Emily, grandchildren Alyssa and Breanna of Camrose, Alberta. He will be missed by many. David was a major Toronto Blue Jay’s fan and also loved music and took up guitar playing later in life, hosting many fun filled Friday night jams. David was able to live out his dream job of farming for most of his life in and around the Orangeville/ Grand Valley area. The last few years of his life he was an iron worker/ rod buster where he thoroughly enjoyed the comradely of everyone he worked with and actually looked forward to going to work. He also enjoyed grooming the snowmobile trails for the Huronia/ Orangeville club. He had great fun coaching ball hockey for the Orangeville New Hope Community Church. David was a true friend of rare character who treated everyone as his brother and right to the end was concerned about helping others.

    Passed away on March 20, 2019

    Born January 27, 1958

    Joined September 28, 2012


    Salvatore “Sammy” Rizzo

    Passed away on February 18, 2019

    Born September 26, 1974

    Joined November 17, 1995


    George Harach

    An Ironworker since May 1, 1956, George Harach passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Lakeridge Health Ajax-Pickering Hospital, at the age of 90.  Beloved husband of the late Olive. Father of Gail, Deborah and Glenn (Mari).  Cherished grandfather of Jason (Danielle), Olivia and Melissa (Kevin). Proud great grandfather of Liam, Nolan, Bailey and Jillian.  Predeceased by his siblings and survived by his sister Sylvia. George had a long  and distinguished career with the iron Workers Local 721 Toronto, where he made lifelong friends. Proud member of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox.

    Passed away on January 30, 2019

    Born April 16, 1928

    Joined May 1, 1956

    Lifetime member – Ironworker

    Anthony “Tony” Diduch

    Passed away on January 25, 2019

    Born August 21, 1929

    Joined May 1, 1953

    Lifetime member – Ironworker

    Peter Archibald MacDougall

    At the age of 86, passed away peacefully with his loving wife Liway by his side. Will be fondly remembered by all of his family; children by marriage; Dorothy Ramos (Andy Garcia), Arwin Joseph Ramos (Jed Danico), Daniel Ramos (Yasmin Ramos). Proud Grandpa to Joshua, Ashley Kate, Jakob, Allen and Nevin, Callum, Aiden, Abby, Emma and Jake. Survived by his brothers Donald MacDougall (Diana), Bernard MacDougall, Ronald MacDougall (Anne). Dearest Uncle to Jamie MacDougall, Christa MacDougall, Dawn MacDougall Reynolds, Cathy MacDougall Santos, Margaret MacDougall Mullen, Chrissy MacDougall Jackson, Danny MacDougall (Susan), Danny MacDougall (Brenda) and Joe MacDougall. Peter will be sadly missed by all his extended family and friends.

    Passed away on January 22, 2019

    Born September 27, 1932

    Joined October 1, 1964

    Lifetime member – Ironworker

    Horst Dragon

    Horst Dragon passed away on January 21, 2019 at Etobicoke General Hospital, at the age of 82.  Beloved husband of Bozena, loving father of Sabrina, Alexandra and Corinna, dear brother-in-law of Regina Bowden and her husband David, caring uncle of Renee, Danielle and Monique, Horst will be lovingly remembered by those who knew him.
    Passed away on January 21, 2019
    Born October 20, 1936
    Joined December 1, 1967
    Lifetime member – Ironworker

    Gregorio Arboritanza

    Passed away on December 29, 2018

    Born March 23, 1938

    Joined January 1, 1974

    Lifetime member – Rodmen

    Terry Lee Brownson


    Terry Lee Brownson was loved by his family and friends. He was an Ironworker since February 3, 2003. He was a hard worker.

    Passed away on December 23, 2018

    Born December 4, 1960

    Joined february 3, 2003

    Honorary member – Ironworker

    Tommaso Pirraglia

    Tommaso Pirraglia passed away peacefully at his home on October 18th, 2018 in the company of his wife of 61 years, Adriana. Tommaso was the proud father of Mario (Anne) and Christine. He was a loving grandfather to Daniella, Gabriela, Aaron, Daniel, Mykola and Peter. And, in one of the great joys of his last years, Tommaso welcomed a great grandchild, Max, into this world.  Tommaso will be sorely missed by his sister Vittoria and his brothers Mario, Cosimo and Giovanni. Tommaso became a member of the small army of recent immigrants who built the city of Toronto. He became an Ironworker and was an active member of the Italian immigrant community.

    Passed away on October 18, 2018

    Born February 7, 1932

    Joined January 1, 1971

    Lifetime member – Rodmen

    Frank John Brolley

    We are sad to announce that on November 19, 2018 we had to say goodbye to Frank John Brolley (Angus, Ontario). You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Frank John Brolley. He was predeceased by : his brother Ronnie; and his sister-in-law Anne. He is survived by : his children, Sean (Kerri) and Steven; and his siblings, Lenora Laycock (Harold), Larry (Anne) and Murray (Shirley). He is also survived by his many relatives and friends.

    Passed away on November 19, 2018.

    Born July 160 1944

    Joined December 1, 1976

    Lifetime member – Ironworker

    Dan “Magoo” McGill

    It is with great sadness that the family of Danny McGill announce his sudden passing on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in his 63rd year. Beloved father of Justin Brown (McKenna) and his grandson Trew. Predeceased by his loving parents Bill and Sally McGill. Loving brother of Pat, Cathy Mathers, Brigid Van der Sande (George), Bob, Mike (Sandra), and Clair (Darlene). Predeceased by brothers Mark, Greg, Paul and John. Lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews. His legacy will be continued by his brothers of 81.

    Passed away on November 15, 2018.

    Born October 1, 1956

    Joined May 1, 1984


    Charles Thompson

    Charlie Thompson, an Ironworker since April 1, 1980, passed away on November 14, 2018 at the Rouge Valley Hospital-Centenary site. Beloved husband of Carol Carter and father to Holly Colleen Jean Poitras, loving grandpa to Justin and Brody, Vincent Robert George Thompson, and Quinlan, oldest brother to Leith, Bill, Kerry, Maureen, Lynne, Kevin, Melba and friend to many, Charlie was born on Dec 22, 1948 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Charlie was fearless ironworker who took pride in helping to build Canada. A big thank you is extended to the caring staff at the Centenary Hospital who cared for him until the end. 

    Passed away on November 14, 2018.

    Born December 22, 1948

    Joined April 1, 1980

    Honorary member – Ironworker

    Peter Molnar

    We were so blessed to call you our son, brother and father, but on Monday November 12 at 7pm after a tragic single vehicle accident which occured on October 27. At the age of 42, Peter succumbed to his injuries with his loving family by his bedside. Peter will forever be missed by his beautiful children Layla and Dylan Molnar and their mother Laura. Loved with an unending love by his supportive parents Peter and Marg Molnar, sister and brother-in-law Susan and Jerry Veens, niece and nephew Rachel and Nicholas, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and his abundance of friends will always miss him. Peter followed in his father’s footsteps and became an ironworker and any opportunity Peter and his dad had they would share stories of their trade. Above everything, Peter’s life was dedicated to his children Layla and Dylan. Peter worked hard and played hard and those who knew Peter knew he could cheer up a crowd with his contagious laugh. He loved life, loved his music, his family and his friends and would drop anything to help a friend in need. Peter was a lover, a fighter and the best friend a person could have.

    Passed away on November 12, 2018.

    Born July 19, 1976

    Joined June 22, 2007


    Rodney Wood

    Passed away on October 22, 2018.

    Born October 29, 1958

    Joined December 1, 1981


    Richard McFadden

    Peacefully at the Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg on Sunday, October 7th, 2018, Richard McFadden at 68 years of age.  Loving father of Luc McFadden (Kerrie), Pascal McFadden (Amanda), and Josée McFadden.  Cherished grandfather of Mikayla, Maxwell, Finnley and Simon.  Dear brother of the late Gilbert (Francoise), Paulette, Robert (Bibiane), Diane (late Raymond Gaudette), Denise (Omer Gravelle), Rachel (late Alain Galloway) Francine (Jim Moore) and Aime (Colette).

    Passed away on October 7, 2018.

    Born March 25, 1950

    Joined September 1, 1966

    Honorary member – Ironworker

    Daniel Paradis

    It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Daniel “Dan” Paradis on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 in his 50th year at Sunnybrook Hospital. He leaves behind his best friend and wife, Janet, his cherished sons Christopher (Jessica) and Alexander and his newborn grandson, Miller. He will be lovingly missed by his parents Delvina and Michel (predeceased) and dear sister Susanne (Eddie). His nieces and nephew, Amber (Cody), Jesse and Brittany and great nieces, Autumn and Emily will miss his fun loving spirit. Dan will also be deeply missed by his many aunts, uncles and cousins, in-laws, friends and colleagues of Local 721.

    Passed away on October 17, 2018

    Born July 10, 1969

    Joined January 6, 2016


    Joel Charles

    Passed away on October 11, 2018.

    Born June 10, 1988

    Joined March 1, 2012



    Lawrence “Larry” Porter

    Photo taken by the Star photographer. Photo of Larry Porter building the CN Tower.

    Passed away on November 8, 2017.

    Born June 16, 1932

    Joined November 1, 1964

    Lifetime member – Ironworker

    Andre Schroder

    Passed away on November 4, 2018.

    Born June 26, 1932

    Joined May 1, 1986

    Lifetime member – Ironworker

    Patrick Gregory Terrion

    Former Maple Leaf player Greg Terrion, who played six seasons for Toronto during the 1980s, and an Ironworker at our Local since June 17, 2006, Greg Terrion passed away at his home, in Marmora, on Friday, September 28, 2018 in his 59th year.  Husband of Cindy (Fox). He was the son of Patricia (Donohoe) and the late Wilfred Terrion, and father of Jason & Natasha, Madoc; Ryan & Jamie, Marmora and Tyson, Marmora He was the brother of Laurie Hainle, Marmora; Terry (Sarah), Uxbridge; Scott (Judy), Peterborough & Kevin, Peterborough and grandfather of Jessica, Lakelyn & Treyton.

    Passed away on September 25, 2018.

    Born February 5, 1960

    Joined June 17, 2006


    Murray Mesley

    Passed away on September 25, 2018.

    Born August 18, 1931

    Joined August 1, 1952

    Lifetime member – Ironworker

    Aristides “Alex” Pereira

    God called Aristides “Alex” Pereira surrounded by his loving family on September 21, 2018 at the age of 69. Beloved husband of Maria. Cherished father of Mike (Sanae), Charles (Kim), and Susy (Fernando). Caring grandfather of Paolo, Cristian, Hannah, Emma, Meghan, Minae, Javier, and Paloma. Loving brother of Joe, Maria, and Armanda. Alex will be dearly missed by many family members and friends.

    Passed away on September 15, 2018.

    Born March 25, 1949

    Joined December 1, 1985


    Leonard Loder

    An Ironworker since March 1, 1960, Leonard Loder was 81 years old when he passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2018.  He passed peacefully from complications from Alzheimer’s with family at his side.  Leonard was the loving husband to Ruby of 58 years, father to Karen (Duncan), the late Craig (Sandie), and Lisa (Chad).  Grandfather to Steven (Ann), Christopher (Robin), Andrew (Brooke), Corey, Gavin (Miranda), Bradley and Sabrina (Austin).  Great Grandfather to Brianna and Benjamin.  Born in Cobbs Arm, Newfoundland, Leonard traveled to Ontario in 1956 and pursued a career in construction.

    Passed away on September 15, 2018.

    Born January 6, 1937

    Joined March 1, 1960

    Lifetime member – Ironworker

    Robert “Bob” Victor Batenchuk

    An IronWorker since April 1, 1981, Robert V. Batenchuk Sr  passed away at his  home in Oshawa on Thursday, August 30th, 2018 in his 69th year. He was a much loved husband and best friend of Trish, and very special Dad to Sheri, Robert Jr, Michael, Steven and Jacquie and their spouses Carlos, Shelley, Tracey and Ron. He loved his grandchildren Kyle, Ty, Dylan, Justin, Hanna, Rae, Emily, Gregory, Erica and Elizabeth.  He is survived by his brother Ron and his wife Jane and brother-in-law Rob and his wife Kelly.

    Passed away on August 30, 2018.

    Born December 9, 1949

    Joined April 1, 1981

    Honorary member – Ironworker

    Alwyn Lane

    A member since August 1, 1952, Alwyn Lane is remembered in the hearts of many Ironworkers.  Members called in with the news of his passing from the moment he passed away. He will be missed. Peacefully passed at Trillium Health Centre on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 with his family at his side. Alwyn is predeceased by his beloved wife Lillian “Joyce”. Loving father to Merven (Alison) and Jamie (Cathy). Loving Grampie to Merv Jr., Michelle, Jeff, Caleb, Ian and Ryan. Alwyn is survived by his sisters-in-law Avis and Lydia. He is predeceased by his parents Caleb and Clara, and his brothers Reggie and Bill. A proud Newfoundlander and Ironworker, “Al” will be remembered for his generosity, his wisdom and his love of family – and a good story.

    Passed away on September 12, 2018.

    Born October 11, 1932

    Joined November 1, 1960

    Lifetime member – Ironworker

    Kenneth Murray

    Kenneth Murray was an Ironworker since 1960, was loved by many. He passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018.
    He was a well accomplished member. 

    Passed away on July 13, 2018.

    Born April 19, 1940

    Joined October 1, 1960

    Lifetime member – Ironworker

    James MacDonald

    Passed peacefully while surrounded by his family at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre on Monday, June 25th, 2018 at the age of 85. Devoted husband of Anne for 61 years. Loving father of Sylvia Baker (Ian) and James MacDonald. Cherished grandfather of James-Lee, Noelle (Shane) and Hope. Survived by his brothers Bill, Danial, Neil, Frank, and sisters Beth and Loretta. Predeceased by brothers Ian, Johnny, Pearson and Michael. He will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and life-long friends. James was a devout Catholic, was very proud of his 50 years of sobriety in AA and was a long-time member of Ironworkers Union Local 721.

    Passed away on June 25, 2018.

    Born February 10, 1932

    Joined January 1, 1962

    Honorary member – Ironworker

    Dan Patrick McCormick

    Daniel McCormick – Passed away peacefully at the farm, surrounded by his family and horses on Tuesday June 19th, 2018. Beloved husband of Dorothy McCormick (née Grylls). Beloved son of the late Patrick and Kathleen McCormick. Loving and dedicated father of Karie, Kendra, Patrick and Kaylee. Cherished grandfather of Dana, Trenton and Aylish. Daniel will be missed by his siblings Dona of Edmonton, Chuck (Doreen) of Roslin, Joan of Belleville, Charlie of Niagara Falls, John (Maryann) of Warsaw, Joe of Port Hope, Patty (Bill) of Tottenham, Mary (Ron) of North Bay, Kevin (Ruth) of Oshawa, Margie (Jim) of Shannonville, Paul (Marcy) of Tweed, Ed (Betty) of Cranbrook, B.C., Mark (Marjorie) of Bowmanville. Predeceased by brothers Michael and Tom.

    Passed away on June 19, 2018.

    Born March 20, 1956

    Joined July 1, 1976

    Honorary member – Ironworker

    Michael Francis St. John

    A message from his daughter:

    “With a heavy heart (and a whole lot of shock and awe), we announce the passing of our Father, Michael Francis St. John on Saturday, May 19th, 2018.

    Passed away on May 19, 2018.

    Born January 4, 1949

    Joined September 1, 1984

    Lifetime member – Ironworker

    Robert Bob Theriault

    Here is Robert Theriault’s obituary. It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Robert Theriault (Oshawa, Ontario), who passed away on May 5, 2018. He was loved and cherished by many people including : his spouse Anne; his children, Dennis (Kathy), Tim (Audrey) and Durham; his grandchildren, Tommy, Tyler, Travis and Joshua; and his sibling Cecile Bourgoin (Rudolph).

    Passed away on May 5, 2018.

    Born April 18, 1934

    Joined June 1, 1962

    Lifetime member – Ironworker

    Adeodat Joseph(Eddy) Sabourin

    Sabourin, Adeodat Joseph (Eddy) Passed away at Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg on Sunday February 8, 2015. Eddy beloved husband of Helen. Dear father of Jocelyne Sabourin (Claude), Denis Sabourin (Lisa), Julie White (Mark) and the late Roger Sabourin. Grandfather of Cynthia, Melissa, Desiree, Savannah, Jaimee, Ashleigh, Michelle, Matthew, Maxwell and Jordan. Great-grandfather of Bearon and Coralie. Late mother Josephine and late father Palma. Brother of Fernande, Leliane, Christiane and late Gerald, Andre, Jean-Marie and Eugene. Eddy will be remembered by his laughter, jokes, making people smile, hard worker, amazing husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and always there when you needed him. He will be sadly missed but always in our hearts, memories and through laughter.

    Passed away on February 8, 2015.

    Born January 19, 1936

    Joined November 1, 1958

    Lifetime member – Ironworker

    Ronald Thompson

    Passed away on January 1, 2010.

    Born May 31, 1931

    Joined August 1, 1962

    Lifetime member – Ironworker

    Bruce Anderson

    Passed away on September 11, 2020.

    Born June 30, 1954

    Joined March 4, 1998


    Jose De Barros

    Jose De Barros Passed away at Toronto General Hospital, in Toronto on Friday November 15th, 2013. Jose beloved husband of Diamantina Pinto-Amorim  Barros. Dear father of Luiz Manuel Barros (Janet Pape), Carlos Alberto Barros, and Jose Antonio Barros. Jose, Grandfather of Alexander, Anthony, Matthew, Christian, Michaela, Carlina, Lilianna and Serina.

    Jose will be remembered by his laughter, jokes, making people smile, a proud hard working Ironworker (Rodman), amazing husband, grandfather, uncle, brother, and father always there when you needed him.

    Jose will be dearly missed by many family members and friends but always in our hearts and memories. He was a proud member of Local 721 for over 48 years.

    Passed away on November 15, 2013.

    Born February 11, 1931

    Joined July 1, 1964

    Lifetime member – Rodmen