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Loss of longtime PEF activist, Region 6 leader mourned

By SHERRY HALBROOK

PEF members and retirees are grieving the loss of Michael (Mike) DelPiano, 76, who died August 16 in Rome, NY.

He had served PEF in many leadership roles over the years including stints as Region 6 (Utica) coordinator, president of the Utica Chapter of PEF Retirees, a member of the PEF Executive Board, a member of a PEF contract team, in division leadership and steward roles, and as a convention delegate. He also served for a time as PEF’s director of retiree services – a staff position.

A “union man” to the core, DelPiano was a recipient of the Samuel L. Gompers Award from the AFL-CIO for outstanding union service and dedication.

But it was the friendships he made and the personal effort he made to help his fellow PEF members that will keep his memory vivid in the hearts of many who knew him.

“Mike was devoted to his family and to the union,” said PEF President Wayne Spence.  “Working with Mike on union issues, I saw that he was committed to serving Region 6 members and later to helping his fellow PEF Retirees.  His activism and his friendship will be missed by many of those who knew him.”

Dee Clement recalled that, “He helped me when I had some issues (at work). He gave me great advice while I had my ‘boxing gloves’ on.”