Retired Alternate Vice President and General Chairperson Edward Yule Jr., 81, died August 10.
As general chairperson of GCA 505, Yule was instrumental in working on agreements with Long Island Rail Road and even led UTU members in a 45-hour strike in 1994 in an effort to get the members an equitable agreement. Yule was a member of Local 645 in Babylon, N.Y., and a member of the Alumni Association. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Yule is survived by hi wife, Beatrice; sons, Kenneth (Donna) Yule and Gregory (Tracey) Yule; sisters, Carole (JK) Murray and Pamela (William) Blank; and many grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Edward (Victoria) Yule.
Hilton Durward “Dur” Masters, 86, of Newark, Ohio, unexpectedly died July 6, 2017, at his home.
Masters was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he served in occupied Germany following WWII. Before his retirement, he worked in the railroad industry for 42 years. He hired out with B&O Railroad as a conductor/brakeman. Before the former UTU was formed, Masters served as a local chairperson for the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen (one of the four UTU predecessor unions). He was a member of UTU Local 404 located in Newark, Ohio. Under the UTU, he served as general chairperson for B&O/CSX GO 49. After serving as general chairperson, Masters was elected to the executive board, before he was elected to the position of international vice president at the 1983 and 1987 conventions.
Masters was also a member of the UTU/SMART TD Alumni Association, American Legion Post #85 and VFW Post #1060. An avid sports fan, he was a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians.
Masters is survived by his daughter, Susan (Tim) Moore; grandsons, Brian Moore, Tyler (Natasha) Moore; great grandson, Jackson Moore; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hilton Masters and Dorothy (Corder) Masters-Zipperer; wife, Ruth Marie (Stough) Masters; and brothers, William Dwayne Masters and Fred Zipperer.
Local 1570 member and former General Chairperson Norman J. Lucas, 67, died suddenly June 19, 2017. A lifelong resident of Sacramento, Calif., he leaves behind his loving wife of 35 years, Sheila Lucas as well as two children, two grandchildren and extended family.
Lucas hired out as a brakeman in 1971 on the Sacramento Northern Railroad and soon became involved in labor-management relations. He held a variety of positions in Local 1798 eventually being elected to the position of general chairperson.
During his career as a general chairperson he represented brakemen, conductors and switchmen and represented those members through three separate mergers, Sacramento Northern and Tidewater Southern RR with Western Pacific RR, Western Pacific with Union Pacific and Union Pacific with Southern Pacific. In between all of that, he also was the general chairperson for Central California Traction RR, Modesto and Empire Traction RR, Stockton Terminal and Eastern and Alameda Belt Line RR.
Lucas was also a local delegate, local president and local legislative representative. After the merger between the UPRR and SPTCo, Lucas left the general committee to work as a switchman in Sacramento in the very same territory that he first started working on when he hired out on Sacramento Northern so long ago, eventually “pulling the pin” to retire.
Lucas was deeply involved in the California State Railroad Museum since 1984, and was one of the first volunteers to operate on the museum’s railroad, the Sacramento Southern RR. Lucas rose to become trainmaster and thereafter assistant general manager of the Sacramento Southern. He later taught GCOR and rail safety courses at Sacramento City College for students interested in railroad careers.
He was a lifelong Ham Radio Operator which the U.S. Army discovered when he was drafted and thus he was yanked out of basic training and spent two years at Ft. Ord teaching radio classes. Lucas had a multitude of hobbies from dressing up as a pirate for Renaissance Fairs where he would juggle burning batons while sporting his black powder pistol, to constructing several remote control model boats, ever tinkering with his and friends’ ham radios, campouts in the fifth wheel trailer, always helping family and friends with a variety of projects, and doting over his grandchildren.
Lucas was a hard worker and never put anything off until tomorrow that he could do today. He was blessed with many friends and will be missed by all. His wit, humor and compassion for others will never be forgotten. He stood out as a one of a kind colorful character in an industry known for its characters.
A memorial mass will be held June 30, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church, 1040 39th St., Sacramento, CA 95816. The family requests that memorial contributions be made in lieu of flowers to the Prostate Cancer Foundation or the Sacramento Food Bank.
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SMART TD member and former railroad conductor, William “Butch” E. Young III died at the age of 74 on Feb. 15, 2017, in Chino, Calif. Family was his main priority, and Butch was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife Carol; son Mike, daughter-in-law Lisa and their boys Nathan and Garrett; son Danny and daughter-in-law Julie; and his sister Dianne Howard and brother-in-law Jim Howard.
Young served his country in the Vietnam War as a tank commander and rose to the level of sergeant. After his military service, he spent the rest of his life devoted to helping others in both his personal life and in his professional life. Most knew Young as a dedicated union man who loved his job and the people that he worked with.
He served as the UTU local chairperson for Local 113 in Winslow, Ariz., for 15 years and finished his career as the Coastlines general chairperson. He will be missed by his many friends and his family who held him so dearly, and he will be remembered always.
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Richard P. “DG” De Genova, 67, died Tuesday, February 14 surrounded by his family.
De Genova hired out with the Youngstown and Southern (Y&S) Railway while attending Youngstown State University (YSU). After receiving his BA in History/Secondary Education in 1972, he was a substitute teacher for the Struthers, Lowellville and Campbell, Ohio, high schools.
De Genova realized that his true passion was the railroad and hired out as a brakeman with the then B&O Railroad (now CSX) in August of 1973. Throughout his career, he held the positions of brakeman, road conductor and yardmaster. A member of Local 1948 in Youngstown, Ohio, De Genova served the union as general chairperson for CSX B&O Yardmasters (GCA 247) for 24 years. He settled countless claims for the membership and worked tirelessly to defend the rights of the membership.
In his free time, De Genova was a history buff who enjoyed reading historical books and watching documentaries. He was also a fan of the Cleveland Indians and other local baseball teams.
De Genova is survived by his wife of 38 years, Phyllis (Gallas); two daughters, Angela (Jonathan) Bellack and Natalie De Genova; parents, Mary K. and Joseph De Genova; and sister, Barb (Gary) Roberts. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Patrick.
Visiting hours are Friday, Feb. 17 from 5-8 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, 2726 Center Rd., Poland, OH 44514. A prayer service will be held Saturday, Feb. 18 at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. A mass of Christian burial will follow at 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Parish, 2729 Center Rd., Youngstown, OH 44514.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Beatitude House, 238 Tod Lane, Youngstown, OH 44504-1714, or online at www.beatitudehouse.com.
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