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Brother Eric John

Passed away peacefully on December 5, 2009 at the age of 86 years. Cherished husband to the late Ingrid-2003 (nee Moll), with whom he celebrated 50 years of marriage. Loving father to Herb John and partner Yolanda Blackbird, Karin Veselinovic and husband Peter, and Monika John and special friend Rodney Kimbrough. Dear son of the late Christian and Elise (nee Bogel) John. Dearest grandfather to Jessica and partner Romeo, Stephanie, Jennifer and fianc Gary, Theodore, Sarah, Jason, Vera, Nada, Sharon and partner Ted, Susan and partner Kasey. Great-grandfather to Matthew, Julian, Bobby, Daniel, Cheyenne, and Lucas. Dear brother of Ludwig John and wife Haroldine, Lillian Clausen and husband Peter, Gerhard John and wife Burga, Anneliese Neumeier and husband Willi, Manfred John and wife Waltraud. Many nieces and nephews also survive. Special friend to Eila.

Eric dedicated his working life to making the world a better place in any way he could. He held many elected positions in the U.A.W. and C.A.W. from 1954 until the present position as Vice-chair of the C.A.W. National Retired Workers Executive Board. He was active in Co-op housing developments and constant government lobbying for pensions. Eric was employed by the Ford Motor Company for 32 years of dedicated service starting as a Tool and Dye Maker. Eric will be sadly missed by all his many friends in Canada, the United States and Germany.


Brother Joe McCloskey

Passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on February 23, 2014, in his 85th year.

Loving and devoted husband of 62 years to Edith May (Edie) (nee Russell). Son of the late Richard and Elizabeth McCloskey. Survived by his brother Patrick (Beverly) and sister Anna Mary Forestall.

Loving father to Jo-Anne (David Usher), Rick (Colleen), Patti (Rob Croft) and Chris (Melanie). Proud Poppy of Elizabeth, Joel, Michael, Erica, Amy, Christopher, Emily and Braeden. Loving great grandfather to Liam, Abigail and Owen.

Joe spent his youth in Kirkland Lake and Whitby, Ontario. He was very proud of his Irish, Roman Catholic heritage. He loved his sports, especially hockey, baseball and golf. Joe played hockey in the Detroit Red Wings' farm system. He was a proud member of the Whitby Red Wings Junior C Champions 1945-46. Along with his brother Pat, Joe was inducted into the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

Joe was a proud and passionate labour activist throughout his life. Born on Labour Day weekend (Sept. 1st, 1929), he was active in the UAW and CAW (Unifor) in Oshawa. As a Union Representative during his working days, he spent many years as a committee man. He sat on the UAW Local 222 Executive Board.

After his retirement in 1980, he continued his involvement with his Union, first by serving as President of the Local 222 Retirees Chapter. He was also elected to the CAW National Retired Workers Advisory Executive. For many years he was a delegate for the CLC, OFL and the Oshawa District Labour Council which he thoroughly enjoyed participating in. Joe was a member of the CCF and then the NDP.

Last Updated: February 28, 2014 6:26:13 AM