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by Victor D. Torres

As we continue into the New Year, unfortunately we continue to be hit with unpleasant circumstances.

You may recall that 2018 was a rough year for all of us at Local 481. As far as we are concerned, we lost way too many members of our Teamsters family. We lost longtime member and Steward Harry Holloway from the Aladdin Garage, Senior Keeper Ken Morgan from the San Diego Zoo, Rosalia Joiner (Mother of Local 481 President Mark Joiner), former Local 481 President William “Bill” Slack from the San Diego Zoo and longtime member Barbara Jean Smith from Ace Parking. In addition, our Brother and retired Secretary-Treasurer Phil Saal from Local 542 also passed away.

If all of this was not enough, as we tried to put 2018 behind us, we learned that former long term Local 481 Member, Officer and Secretary-Treasurer Richard Nageotte Jr., passed away while visiting relatives and friends in Cleveland, Ohio over the Thanksgiving holidays.

Brother Nageotte began his Local 481 membership in 1978 at Avis Rent A Car as a Courtesy Bus Driver. He then proceeded to serve the Local 481 membership as a Steward, Officer and Secretary-Treasurer. He continued his Teamsters career at Local 683 as a Transit Bus Driver where he retired several years ago.

Along with many of the names of our family members who passed away last year recognized above, Rich Nageotte was instrumental in steering our local in the right direction during difficult times. Without his expertise, leadership and determination, Local 481 may not have made it through the storm.

I happened to speak with Rich a couple of times after his retirement in 2015 sharing some of our recent milestone accomplishments with organizing and membership activities and he was quite pleased to hear how well we were doing.

One of Rich’s proudest accomplishments was attending Kent State University. His matriculation at Kent State was during an extremely difficult time in our Country’s history. I guess addressing difficult challenges was part of Rich’s entire adult life. Some of you may recall that Brother Nageotte faced many health issues as well during his working life and retirement. He faced all of them without ever complaining, but in true Teamsters spirit always vigilant and prepared.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we send our sincere condolences to over forty cousins from both the Nageotte and Habanek families and many dear friends of the “Kent Gang” and Rich’s San Diego extended family. Thank you for sharing Brother Richard Nageotte with us. Please know that he will forever be missed, but never forgotten.

Rest in peace Brother Nageotte.

In addition, we have also learned that Local 481 Attorney Richard Prochazka’s Son Troy recently passed away. Our sincere condolences to Richard and the entire Prochazka family.

In scholarship news, the 2019 Local 481 Scholarship Program is available. This scholarship program is open to not only the children and grandchildren of our members who are enrolled in and attending an institution of higher learning, but also eligible are the spouses and domestic partners of our members. In addition, our members themselves are eligible to participate in this program, as well. The deadline to submit applications including the proper essay and all supporting documentation is Friday, September 6, 2019. There are eight (8) five-hundred dollar ($500.00) scholarships available.

Concurrently, there are additional scholarship programs available with their specific qualifications, eligibility requirements and rules. There’s the IBT James R. Hoffa Scholarship program (deadline for submission March 31, 2019) and the Joint Council 42 Scholarship Program (deadline for submission May 17, 2019). We should be receiving details regarding the the California Teamsters Hispanic Caucus Scholarship Program soon. Once those details are known, we will provide you with the specifics.


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