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Funerals and Memorials

Ralph Wayne McGinn (May 26 1942 - May 11, 2020)

Anne Naser, WorkSafeBC President announced that its Board Chair, Ralph McGinn, passed away suddenly
on May 11, 2020. “This is shocking and saddening for all of us who knew him. He was respected and
valued both personally and professionally and will be greatly missed.” said Naser.

Ralph McGinn’s online Celebration of Life will go live on ZOOM Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 10:30 am. Due
to ZOOM app limitations, online partipation is being limited to close friends and family.

The "open" online ZOOM link for viewing the celebration — that I had hoped to post here — will not be
made available due to the potential risk of intrusion and disruption by ZoomBombers.

On the other hand, WorkSafeBC is planning on organising a tribute to Ralph McGinn at some future date,
and it's expected WCBRA members will have some access.

In addition, WorkSafeBC Communications are inviting all who knew Ralph McGinn to submit photos and
stories for inclusion in “Ralph’s Memory Book".

Anne Naser explained that McGinn had a long history of dedication to WorkSafeBC and to the province.
He served as president and CEO of the Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia (now
WorkSafeBC) from 1998 to 2003. Prior to that, he was vice president of Prevention Services and
was responsible for overseeing the revision of B.C.’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
Regulations,which came into effect in 1998.

WorkSafeBC also noted that McGinn had an impact internationally, contributing to a wide range of policy
and regulatory development for mining safety, health, and environmental protection, in Australia,
South America and Africa”.

As a professional engineer, he had senior roles with the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum
Resources, including chief inspector of mines from 1988 to 1993.

Minister of Labour, Harry Bains also expressed his sadness upon hearing of McGinn’s passing. “He was a
man of integrity, who had a joy for life and a commitment to leave the world a better place” said

Bains added that McGinn’s work overseeing the revision of B.C.’s Occupational Health and Safety
Regulations resulted in systemic improvements that workers still benefit from today and led to
his position as Chair of the Board of Directors of WorkSafeBC in 2017.

Journal Of Commerce: " Worksafebc Chair Leaves Legacy of Safety".

See also "Remembering a Global Leader in Workplace Health and Safety: International Disability Standards Council tributes to Ralph from Industry, Professional and Union Organisations.".

Gerald "Gerry" Massing L.L.B. passed away on Monday September 10, 2018

Gerry retired from his 38 year career with WorkSafeBC's Legal Department in 2014.

A celebration of Gerry's life will take place on Sunday, September 30th, 2018
beginning with a bike ride departing from   Aberthau at 3:30 pm and returning at
4:30pm followed by a reception from 4:30pm – 6:30pm.

Venue:  West Point Grey Community Centre (Aberthau),
4397 West 2nd Avenue,Vancouver, BC.

See  Gerry's Obituary - published September 15, 2018 by the Dunbar Community Centre Association.

Donato "Danny" Iacobucci passed away July 29, 2018.

Danny’s requests were for an immediate family service, followed by a celebration of life,
which took place at the Italian Cultural Centre on Thursday, August 9, 2018

See Obituary -  'Remembering Donato IACOBUCCI' - published August 4, 2018.

Harvey Linton passed away July 23, 2018.

Harvey retired in 2006 from his 30 year career with WorkSafeBC as an Industry and Labour Services Manager.

A celebration of Harvey's life will be held Sunday September 9 at 2:00 pm.

Venue: Beach Grove Golf Club,
5946 12 Avenue, Tsawwassen, B.C.

The family is asking people to bring their memories and old photos.
They will have a scanner there, to scan the photos right on the spot.

Message from Fran Linton:          
Dear Friends,
It is with great sadness that we let you know of the passing of our dear Harvey
After a sudden two day decline, Harvey passed away on Monday, July 23 at 8:25 pm
with family at his side
Delta View  staff were wonderful with their compassion and comfort care for Harvey.
He appeared comfortable in his last days and hours.
It has been a long 10 year journey and we thank you for your continued caring and
support over the years. Know that it did make a difference!
Pei Pei, Chad, Carl and Fran

Richard (Dick) Vernon Neely

July 26, 1937 - May 25, 2018

Vancouver Sun Obituary

A celebration of Richard's life was held Monday, July 23, 2018

Location VanDusen Gardens
5251 Oak St, Vancouver, B.C.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the  Metro Theatre  or  Theatre Under the Stars.

(Photo taken at the October 2015 WCBRA SGM. From left to right - Dan, Richard, Dick, Gary)

Richard (Dick) Vernon Neely, 3rd from the left, with former colleagues.