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Obituary for Homer Seguin

In Loving Memory
of
Homer Seguin
79 years
Who passed away Friday, April 26th, 2013 at Health Sciences North, Sudbury
Predeceased by his father Horace in 1950 and his mother Marie Seguin Larouche in 1995. Homer will be sorely missed and always remembered by family and friends. Beloved husband of wife Maria of Azilda. Loving father of son Daniel (wife Susan) of Sudbury, and four daughters Suzanne Martel (husband Denis predeceased) of Sudbury, Dianne Malafarina (husband Giovanni predeceased) of Sudbury, Denise Bilodeau (husband Richard) of Belle River and Louise Boulay (husband Raymond) of Sudbury and one step-son Fred Pahr of Elliot Lake. Cherished grandfather of 14 grandchildren and great grandfather of 18. He is survived by his brother Jean-Paul of Scarborough. Loving uncle to 12 nephews and 3 nieces. Homer a devoted Roman Catholic was born in 1934 in North Bay Ontario, educated in Sudbury where he resided for all of his life except for six years in North Bay and eight years working and living in Elliot Lake, Ontario. Homer is best known for his 45 years as a Union Leader in the Mine Mill and Smelter Workers (MMSW) and United Steelworkers (USW) and his efforts to provide healthy and safe work places, quality pay, job security, benefits and pensions for all workers. Upon retiring on a disability pension in 1992, Homer continued his life of love of fighting for the average worker and worked as a Labour representative on the Ontario WCB Board of Directors for five years 1990-1995 and as Director with the Ministry of Labour on the (ODP) Ontario Occupational Disease Panel from 1989 to 1998. Homer will be remembered as a person who through his Union helped improve working conditions and living standards. He helped expose and correct many occupational diseases in mining and other plants and was instrumental in negotiating precedent setting settlements throughout Canada. Homer was spokesperson for Collective Agreements covering over 21 years at INCO Ltd. He was also instrumental in the Uranium fight to save lives and workers health, the gold miners fight and the Nickel Industry fight for the same purposes. He held most Union Offices including; Vice President and President of Local 6500 USW when the membership numbered 19,000 in 1970. Homer was spokesperson on the USW Local 6500, Local 6200 bargaining committee in 1985 when the Nickel price bonus plan was won. He was also spokesperson in negotiations with INCO in 1988 and Falconbridge O & T in 1989 when indexed pensions were won for everyone who worked at INCO or Falconbridge if still alive. A USW Area Coordinator for Northern Ontario, Homer was responsible for the supervision of offices and staff of the USW Locals in Sudbury, Elliot Lake, Blind River, Massey, Parry Sound, North Bay, Timmins and Kirkland Lake Homer’s community involvement includes being a volunteer firefighter (Sudbury East), Member and President of Sudbury East Playground Association, Spokesperson for Sudbury volunteer firefighters in safety and monetary matters, Vice President of Sudbury United Way Campaign, City Councillor for the City of Elliot Lake, sat on the Elliot Lake Protection of People and Property Committee, as well as the Elliot Lake Planning committee. He was an active member of the Sudbury Community Committee for the Sudbury Soils Study and an active member of the Sudbury Area Community Committee for Human and Environmental Health. The United Steelworkers established an Environmental Award named after Homer Seguin which is given annually to the USW local union with the best environmental program and activity in the prior year, as well as an Annual Bursary which is awarded to a member’s son or daughter for continuing Secondary School Education. Homer has been awarded a Doctorate of Laws from Laurentian University for Outstanding Lifetime Achievements in the field of Safety, Health and Environment, a Community Award from Northern Life for Safety, Health and Environment achievement and was chosen by the Sudbury Star as one of the communities 10 most influential citizens. Homers hobbies included; travelling, spending time at the cottage, sports, gardening, golf, and fishing. Homer will be sorely missed by his family, many friends and the Union movement.

Resting at the
Lougheed Funeral Home
252 Regent St., at Hazel St.,
Funeral Mass in
Ste. Agnes Church, Azilda
Monday, April 29th, 2013
at 11:00 a.m.
Cremation with entombment at the Civic Mausoleum
Donations to the Homer Seguin Bursary or Lung Association would be appreciated.

(Friends may call 2-5 ; 7-9 p.m. Sunday)

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