May 28, 2013 - It is with great sadness Local 258 IBEW received the news that Brother Phil Flemming, First District International Vice-President representing Canadian members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 25, 2013.
Phil’s career began as an apprentice in Prince Edward Island, and he became a licensed electrician just four years later. He served as a Business Manager for the P.E.I. Local Union of the IBEW from 1975-1981, and then served as an International Representative from 1981-1999. He then served as the Executive Assistant to the International Vice President until 2003 when he became the International Vice President.
Brother Flemming was 68 years old and lived just north of Toronto, Ontario. He dedicated his working life to the IBEW and also enjoyed golfing and boating. Most of all he loved spending time together with friends and family.
Brother Flemming recently visited British Columbia where he travelled to Bella Coola and attended the Unit 2 membership meeting with Chair Gerry Pope. He has also attended Local 258’s Shop Steward’s conferences in 2007 and 2009.
Doug McKay, Local 258 Business Manager, says, “Brother Flemming was a well respected leader in our Brotherhood. He served our membership with skill and strength and represented the IBEW as a strong organization on the national level. His unexpected passing has been a shock to everyone. On behalf of Local 258, we are sending our condolences to Brother Flemming’s loving wife Lorrie and his family.”
Brother Flemming leaves behind his loving wife Loretta, two sons, two step daughters and two grandchildren.
A funeral service will take place in Charlottetown, PEI on Friday, May 31.There will be a memorial service organized by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers at a time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Brother Flemming’s name.