AUPE pays its respects
Michael Kennedy (Local 54 Chapter 01 - retired)
It is with deep sadness the family of Michael Kennedy announces his passing on November 16, 2020.
Michael was born on January 08, 1941 in Portsmouth, England. He entered apprenticeship at the age of 15, working in the Port Kembla steelworks in Woolongong NSW, Australia. He moved to Canada in 1964 and worked on many residential and commercial projects in Edmonton.
Michael worked as an electrician in Physical Plant at the University of Alberta Hospital from 1979 until his retirement in 2006. Michael was an active member of Local 54 Chapter 01; serving as Shop Steward, Health & Safety Representative and an elected delegate to numerous local and national conventions. He was honoured with the Rolyn Sumlak Memorial Award in 2002.
It was shortly after his retirement in 2006 that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. He will be remembered for his wry British humour, his creativity in the arts and love for camping and canoeing. He leaves behind his partner Della Letnes, son Mark and family, daughter Lara, as well as many friends and relatives across the world. We hope to gather, when circumstances allow, to celebrate this passionate, creative man who believed in the Union and worked hard to make the workplace a friendlier and safer environment.
Andrew Brown (Local 039)
Andrew Brown (Local 39) Andrew Brown of Calgary, AB passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the age of 39 years.
Andrew was born in Sheffield, England on July 31, 1979; the eldest son of David and Catherine Brown. He attended local schools in Dronfield, his hometown, before pursuing a diploma at Sheffield Hallam University. As a boy, Andrew developed a great love for football (soccer) and played for many years as a goalkeeper on local teams. He was a lifelong supporter of Sheffield United and was thrilled that they were recently promoted to Premier League.
Andrew's second passion was for ice hockey. He captained the Ice Tigers and supported Sheffield Steelers in the UK. This love helped guide him towards immigrating to Canada in 2011. Andrew quickly immersed himself in Canadian culture and enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors - making regular trips to the Rockies and Kelowna, BC. He played hockey with the Vipers for many years, captained the Alphas and worked for a long time as a referee. He was a devoted Flames fan who worked hard towards his dream of getting season tickets.
Andrew first came to Canada in 1999 for a year away after graduation. During this time, he worked at Sport Check where he made many lifelong friendships. Upon returning to the UK, Andrew took a job at HSBC in Sheffield before starting his career in post-secondary work at Sheffield Hallam University. After immigrating to Canada, Andrew became an International Student Advisor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and a member of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE).
Andrew met the love of his life, Tanya, in 2016. He proposed while they were camping in Kelowna in August 2017 and he married Tanya on April 20, 2019.
He will be most remembered for his passion for life, his generosity of spirit and his ability to think of others before himself.
Andrew is survived by his loving wife, Tanya, and his parents, David and Catherine. He is also survived by his sister Anna, her husband Matthew and their sons, Duncan and Alastair; Andrew's brother Jonathan, his partner Jenifer and their son Dougie; as well as a large extended family and many, many friends. Andrew was predeceased by his younger brother,
Jane Brynda Pederson (Local 46, Chapter 009 - retired)
On Monday March 9th, 2020 Jane Brynda Pederson (Roberts) passed away at the age of 69 years.
Jane leaves behind her loving husband of 49 years Gordie Pederson of Cadogan, AB, Children Nikki (Neil) Scammell of Cadogan, AB, Kelly Johnson (Doug Warner)of Sherwood Park, AB, Shannon Pederson (Colin Bailes) of Calahoo, AB.
Grandchildren Kaylee (Cory) Fossen, Shania Scammell, Quincy Reid, Jeremy Scammell, Mackenzie Johnson, Rylee Johnson, Cayden Johnson, Katie Warner.
Sisters Abbie (Doug) Young, Lori Roberts (Gord Danielson) Brother Maldwyn Roberts as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and a large extended family.
Jane was predeceased by her father Bryn Roberts, Mother Emma Grace Roberts, Twin Sister Joan Hagen, Aunty Tiny (Joan) Caithness, Nephews Robbie, and Neil Young. Dogs Dudley and Norman Pederson.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jane’s name to the Edmonton Humane society or any animal rescue society of your choosing.
In keeping with Jane’s wishes cremation has already taken place, and a celebration of Jane’s life will take place at a later date once the Coronavirus pandemic subsides, and Jane’s husband Gordie is finished his cancer treatments at the Cross Cancer institute.