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CUPE wishes to express its condolences to former national secretary-treasurer Geraldine McGuire on the death of her husband Roderick Ross Thomson.

Rod Thomson was a great trade unionist and social justice advocate,” noted National President Paul Moist. “On behalf of our entire union, we offer our sincere condolences to Geraldine and to Rod’s family and many friends.”

Thomson was born in Calgary in 1936 and moved to British Columbia 10 years later. He had a rewarding and productive career as a construction millwright and was a proud member and officer of the International Workers Association, Local 1-80.

He served as an officer on the Victoria and District Labour Council for more than 25 years. He was a dedicated, gentle family man, known for his love of animals and passion for gardening.

In accordance with Thomson’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.