Charlie O'Rae Local 914 retires

By Union Gas Workers Council
Published: May 7, 2008
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Charlie was committed and involved in the union. Charlie worked for Union Gas in Sarnia just shy of 41 years.
Charlie was a service rep, crew leader, p/s rep and a USR. His union local was a 'composite', and Charlie was always their treasurer, and treasurer of the Council for about 15 years.

Charlie negotiated on behalf of the members "in the early days" and was 'always there' for the clerical as well as the operational members.

All the best Charlie. You'll be missed.



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Ivan Blake Local 8833 retires

By Union Gas Workers Council
Published: May 7, 2008
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Ivan started his 38 year career at the Stratford warehouse in 1967. Ivan fondly recalls his time during the Bruce County expansion project, and also worked as a service rep, finishing his time with Union Gas as a specialist in Hanover.
Ivan enjoys hunting, fishing, and won several archery tournaments, both nationally and internationally.

Ivan's retirement will allow him more time for his new business "Blakes Gas Service"

Congratulations on your retirement Ivan!



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Gord Smith Local 5 Simcoe retires

By Union Gas Workers Council
Published: May 7, 2008
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April 3rd, 2003 friends and co-workers joined Gord at the Delhi German Hall in Delhi to celebrate his retirement.

Gord has been with the company far longer than he cares to admit, most recently as a C/S Rep, and is of that rare breed who believes there actually is life after Union Gas.

Congratulations Gord!



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Bernie Feys Local 8833 Brantford Call Centre retires

By Union Gas Workers Council
Published: May 7, 2008
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After 38 years of indentured service, Bernie Feys of Local 8833 has retired, closing out her career in the Brantford Call Centre.

Friends and co-workers will miss her easy going and friendly manner, and envy her 'freedom 55' escape. 

Celebrations were also held at the Delhi German Hall April 3rd, with over 180 guests joining the festivities.

Happy Retirement Bernie!



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Local 758 Windsor Retirees

By Union Gas Workers Council
Published: May 7, 2008
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The members of Local 758 would like to take this opportunity to honor the recent retirees of Union Gas (Windsor Division). They have been our friends and co-workers for many years, and although they are missed dearly, we wish them all the best in their plans for the future.

Del Hachey  Del started with Union Gas on July 18, 1966. Del had the opportunity to work in many departments during his career at Union Gas including being a service clerk, a warehouseman, an assistant stockkeeper, a dispatcher and finally retired as a Maintenance Rep. on October 1, 2002.

Larry Haggitt Larry started with Union Gas on August 14, 1978. During Larry's 24 plus years of service at Union Gas, he was employed as a welder from his start date to his retirement date.

Mike Johnson Mike 's employment with Union Gas started on October 19, 1964. Mike retired on April 1, 2002 after 38 years of service with Union Gas. All of Mike's 38 years were performed as a Maintenance Rep.

Ken Matthew Like Mike, Ken performed his 36 years of service at Union Gas as a Maintenance Rep. He began his employment on July 11, 1966 and retired on January 1, 2003.

Jim Wigle Jim started employment at Union Gas as a Garage Serviceman on Jan 3, 1967. He transferred to Warehouseman in 1968, then again transferred to the role of a Maintenance Rep. in 1969, and served the next 33 in that very role until his retirement date of August 1, 2002.



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Gary Lemon 8833 Waterloo retires December 2002

By Union Gas Workers Council
Published: May 7, 2008
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Gary Lemon, Waterloo's "Jack and Master of all Trades" retires at the end of this year.

Friends and family gathered at the Knight's of Columbus Dec 4th, 2002  to reminisce on Gary's 37 year history as a Union Gas worker.

As a mentor to both operational and clerical co-workers, we will miss his quiet, kind, and gentlemanly ways. Always one to help out, offer advice, or even assist, "Thank You" just doesn't cover it.

We're going to miss you Gary.



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Carol Demmery 8833 Waterloo leaves December 2002

By Union Gas Workers Council
Published: May 7, 2008
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Carol Demmery, a 31 year employee, started her career at Union Gas in Simcoe before coming to Waterloo where her most recent position was as a Utility Services Clerk.

In order to save a job for one of our redundant meter reading clerks, Carol opted to accept a voluntary severance package leading her into early retirement. Her ‘boys’ in the Brantford and Simcoe branches will miss her as will her many friends and co-workers company wide!

We’re sure that eventually the gigantic smile on her face will relax enough for her to enjoy a beer or two in sunny Florida . . .



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Connie Vietel 8833 Waterloo leaves November 2002

By Union Gas Workers Council
Published: May 7, 2008
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Connie Vietel started her career at Union Gas over 15 years ago and held various roles within the gas company, the most recent in the Buildings, Vehicles, Maintenance Department. Although in a position to 'bump' when her job became redundant, Connie chose to accept a severance package, and left the company November 29, 2002.

We’ll miss her cheery disposition and wish her well in the future. A collection has been taken up to insure Connie has enough poinsettias come Christmas every year!



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Annette Ward Local 8833 Waterloo leaves November 2002

By Union Gas Workers Council
Published: May 7, 2008
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Annette Ward has held various positions in her 27 years at Union Gas, most recently as a Business Development Clerk. Annette opted to accept a voluntary severance package to save a job for one of our redundant Meter Reading Clerks. Annette has always held a positive attitude, and truly believes in the credo that should a door close, a window will always open. 

Annette has been working part time with another company over the past few years, and found it to be so fulfilling, she has decided to pursue on a full time basis.



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Dorothy Decator 8833 Brantford Leaves November 2002

By Union Gas Workers Council
Published: May 7, 2008
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Dorothy Decator started over 11 years ago as a Vehicles Building Clerk, and remained in that role until the centralization of the Fleet, Buildings and Maintenance Department. There were no other opportunities for Dorothy in the Brantford office, and she has therefore accepted a severance package.

We wish Dorothy well in her future endeavors, and will miss her highly organized and capable abilities.



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