IBEW’s Phil Flemming passes away
By Alyssa Dalton
June 28, 2013 – It is with sadness that Electrical Business announces the passing of Phil Flemming, first district international vice president representing Canadian members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), on May 25 at the age of 68.
Flemming’s career began as an apprentice in Prince Edward Island, where he became a licensed electrician four years later. He served as a business manager for the P.E.I. Local Union of the IBEW from 1975-1981, and then served as an international representative from 1981-1999. He then served as the executive assistant to the international vice president until 2003 when he became the international vice president.
Doug McKay, Local 258 business manager, said, “Brother Flemming was a well respected leader in our Brotherhood. He served our membership with skill and strength and represented the IBEW as a strong organization on the national level. His unexpected passing has been a shock to everyone. On behalf of Local 258, we are sending our condolences to Brother Flemming’s loving wife Lorrie and his family.”
He is survived by his wife Loretta, two sons, two step-daughters and two grandchildren.
A funeral service took place in Charlottetown, P.E.I., on May 31; a memorial service organized by IBEW members was also announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Flemming’s name.