IAM Mourns Passing of Lifelong Activist Frank Darcy


Frank Darcy

The IAM mourns the passing of lifelong trade unionist Frank Darcy who passed away on December 27, 2013 at the age of 94. Born in Providence, RI, Darcy was raised in Ireland. After his return to the United States, Darcy maintained an active career as a skilled machinist, furthered his education in labor and other fields and was active in politics, all with the goal of improving the lives of fellow working men and women.

After hiring on at the Brown and Sharpe Tool Company with IAM Local 1142 during the Great Depression, Darcy put his job on the line to organize his co-workers. He later went to work for Gould and Eberhardt Co. and joined Local 340. He served in many capacities, including Shop Steward, Treasurer, Vice President and then a 35-year stint as President.

Darcy was also an active member of District Lodge 15, Brooklyn, NY, as a Delegate and Executive Board member. He was Vice President of the New Jersey State Council of Machinists and was active in community organizations that promoted labor and vocational education and training.

“Many thanks to Brother Darcy and his entire family for his years of dedication to the IAM,” said District 15 DBR Jim Conigliaro, Sr. “From his years on the shop floor continuing into his retirement, Frank dedicated a lifetime serving working men and women everywhere.”

“Frank Darcy has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to justice for others and dedicated his life to fighting for the human rights of all working men and women,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “The labor movement has lost one its true heroes.”

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