Installation of New President

On, September 11, 2019, brother Barry Page was installed as the new Vice President for Local Lodge 1863 Retirees Club, Goderich, Ontario, Canada. Barry took over the position from brother John White, who stepped down for health reasons. John has been both Vice President and President since the club’s formation and still remains active. John was recognized for his significant contributions to the club by current President, brother John Stadelmann.

Attached is an image of brother Barry Page (right) and brother John Stadelmann during the swearing-in procedure.

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Obituary – William “Bill” Patterson

Union Brother William “Bill” Patterson passed away August 08, 2019, in his 88th year.

Bill was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada in the Finished Products Dept. as a Fitter on April 14, 1969, and at that time became a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975).

Cremation has taken place, and there will be a Celebration of Life at the Lions Park Pavilion, Blyth, Ontario, August 18, 2019.

Link to the obituary at Falconer Funeral Homes

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Obituary – James E. Fielder

Union Brother James E. Fielder passed away August 02, 2019 in his 73rd year.
 
James was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada as a Fitter in Fabrication on February 03, 1969, and at that time became a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975).
 
James’s funeral will be held at Bethel Pentecostal Assembly, August 07, 2019. Arrangements entrusted to Falconer Funeral Home, Goderich.
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Obituary – Warren F. Wylds

Union Brother Warren F. Wylds passed away July 28, 2019, at age 96.
 
Warren was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada as a Machinist on January 06, 1970, and at that time became a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975).
 
The funeral was at MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Home, Lucknow, July 26, 2019.
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Retirees Event

It has been ten years since the closure of the Volvo Motor Graders plant in 2009. The news sent a shock wave through the community when it was announced that the town’s largest employer would be closing its doors for good – effectively displacing 500 loyal and veteran employees.

In an effort to continue the company’s legacy, the IAM&AW Local Lodge 1863 Retirees Club is organizing a 10-year Reunion for all past DRMCO, Champion Road Machinery, Volvo Motor Graders employees.

The event was held on Sunday July 21st, 2019, at Lions Harbour Park, Goderich.

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Obituary – John Voskamp

Union Brother John Voskamp passed away July 09, 2019, in his 64th year.

John was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada as a Stock Controller on September 02, 1972, and at that time became a member of IAMAW LL 1863 (now LL 1975).  John left the plant when it closed in 2009.

John’s Service of Remembrance will be Saturday, July 20, 2019, at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Goderich.

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Obituary – Dwain Poirier

Union Brother Dwain Poirier passed away suddenly on June 15, 2019, at the age of 42 years.

Dwain was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada in the Painting Dept. on August 18, 2004, and at that time became a member of IAMAW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). Dwain worked at the plant until it closed in 2009.

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

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Day of Mourning

Gathering near the monument.

On Sunday, April 28, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., the Huron District Labour Council held a Day of Mourning event at the Workers Monument, Gloucester Terrace, Goderich, across from the Historic Gaol. Co-ordinator,

Co-ordinator Jim Vance and guest speaker.

Jim Vance of UNIFOR introduced guest speakers from the local community and labour movements. There was also a dedication of honour plaques from Romeo LeBlanc and Captain Chris Morgan.

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Obituary – Leger Caza

Union Brother Leger Caza passed away April 15, 2019 in his 96th year. Leger was hired at Champion/Volvo Motor Graders in Goderich, Ontario, Canada in the Maintenance Dept. as a Janitor Sweeper on May, 11, 1970, and at that time became a member of IAM&AW LL 1863 (now LL 1975). Leger’s funeral Mass was held April 23, 2019 at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church.

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Retirees Tour a Sugar Bush

Local 1863 Retirees Club toured the Ron Westlake’s sugar bush on March 21, 2019.

Ron gave us a great tour and maple syrup samples, plus treats and coffee sweetened with maple sugar.

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