Author Archives: Eric Johnston

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Day of Mourning

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, Jim Vance of UNIFOR introduced guest speakers from … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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