UFCW 1006A mourns the passing of former Local Union Director Wayne Montgomery, who helped make life better for workers and their families across Ontario during his career in the labour movement.
Montgomery passed away on October 22, 2023 at the age of 77.
Montgomery’s history with the local union began when he became a member working part-time at Loblaws. He rose through the ranks from meat cutter to assistant meat manager to meat manager.
In 1964, he became a union steward and gradually became more engaged with his union and in 1989, he was hired as a staff representative and later became Director of the No Frills Division for the local.
“In any job, whether it’s in retail or in union service, you have to realize things are not always going to stay the same. You have to recognize that and change with life,” Montgomery once said in an interview with the local union's publication.
In addition, Montgomery served on the local union’s Grievance Committee, was an Occupational Health and Safety Instructor and a member of the union’s health and safety training group.
When he retired, he reflected in the local union magazine: “I appreciate the support of the membership over the last 15 years I have been on the road as a staff representative (and director) and I hope they feel that I've been able to help them when they needed it.”
Brother Wayne, Rest In Peace.