(picture taken April 26, 2018)
Norman G. Bezanson (September 20, 1929 – January 27, 2022)
IAM District Lodge 14 Retiree
Former Grand Lodge Representative/Organizer
IAM Local Lodge 1722 Member / Formerly IAM Local Lodge 1579 Member
It is with deep sorrow that we inform you that Brother Norman Bezanson passed away January 27, 2022 at the age of 92. He is lovingly remembered by his daughter Donna, son Robert (Armando), son Karl and granddaughter Sara. He is predeceased by his wife Marie Ella June Bezanson and son Ellis.
Norman Bezanson was originally a member of Northgate Aircraft Lodge No 1579 (that was chartered July 7, 1942) and later moved to Edmonton Auto Lodge No 1722 (that was chartered February 27, 1945). Norman was IAM District Lodge 14’s founder when it was chartered on August 9, 1962, as well as being the original Business Representative.
He was a class act and I always enjoyed when he stopped into the office for a visit. A true unionist and a dedicated IAM Representative.
– Richard Arsenault, IAM Retiree
Norm Bezanson was a salt-of-the-earth trade unionist. He led with clarity, principle, quiet courage and integrity. He was never one to back down from bosses, standing up to governments, being on picket lines and participating in the broader struggles waged by labour centrals such as the AFL and the EDLC. Most of all he represented his union (IAMAW) and its members with a fierce pride, quiet leadership and friendship. He took the time to get to know the members. When Norm talked, people listened. His contribution to workers’ struggles was unwavering and immeasurable. Heartfelt condolences to his daughter Donna and family, also to his union sisters and brothers lucky enough to call him a Brother and a friend.
– Maureen Werlin, COPE 458
Rest in Peace Brother. You will be missed.
This article was originally posted on the IAM Canada website. View the original post here: Norman G. Bezanson (September 20, 1929 – January 27, 2022)