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John Tackaberry, IUPAT
Chairman, Building Trades of Alberta

John Tackaberry, IUPAT, Chairman, Building Trades of Alberta

We are saddened to advise of the sudden and unexpected passing on October 8, 2014 of our friend and brother John Tackaberry, IUPAT Local 177. John passed while attending to union business in Kelowna, BC.

A man of integrity and conviction, our Brother John's passion for his work knew no limits. A Glazier at heart, yet he loved all the Building Trades. This was evidenced in his role and work as Chairman of the Building Trades of Alberta. His loss will be felt not only in Alberta, but across Canada and the United States.

John was born in Fort William, Thunder Bay District, Ontario on March 6th, 1955 and grew up in Richmond, British Columbia with his parents George and Joan Tackaberry, and his younger sister JoAnn and brother, Geordie. On May 1, 1976, John married the love of his life, Jacqueline and together they moved to Calgary, Alberta. Eventually they settled in Airdrie where they built their life together and brought up their two wonderfully adored children, Audrey (Kronewitt) and Brenda Tackaberry. While extremely proud of Brenda, a mechanical engineer and always his apprentice around the house, Audrey along with her husband Blair further blessed his life with his adored grandchildren, Avery Ella (age 3) and Jack Alexander (age 1).

In Jacquie's own words

Always giving us his full love and attention, he taught us how to live life fully, put love into everything we do, and laugh a lot along the way. John could do anything. He was a wise man, loyal and “our rock”. His love and his larger than life personality will never be forgotten. Quoting John, “You Know How I Feel”, and we always did.

John Tackaberry, IUPAT, Chairman, Building Trades of Alberta

John began apprenticing in 1976 and was a Journeyman Red Seal Glazier by trade. He was the Chairman of the Building Trades of Alberta, proud Business Manager of IUPAT Local 177, and served on many committees. When he wasn’t working he loved spending time in his backyard with his family and his two best friends, Cooper and Raven.

We are all deeply saddened by this tragic turn of events, and our thoughts and prayers are now with Jacquie and their daughters, Audrey and Brenda, son-in-law Blair, grandchildren, Avery and Jack, his two best friends, Cooper and Raven and the rest of their extended family.

John was a great man taken suddenly and too soon…. We will miss him greatly. He was a true friend and a true union spokesman.

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Please Join Us for the “Celebration of Life” Service for Brother John Tackaberry

When: Thursday, October 16, 2014
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (with reception and light refreshments to follow)
Where: The OASIS Centre – 10930-177 ST. Edmonton, Alberta
Directions: see map

Please be advised that, in lieu of flowers, the family has requested that a donation be made to the Building Trades of Alberta Charitable Foundation - 11635 -160 St. Edmonton, Alberta T5M 3Z3.

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The Building Trades of Alberta is about PEOPLE, PARTNERSHIPS and COMMUNITY. We represent 75,000 skilled building trades professionals working in 21 affiliated unions in Alberta. We provide solutions to meet the challenges of an ever-changing industry in an energy conscious world.

  • We work on Industrial, commercial, and institutional construction projects – as well as on maintenance projects – throughout Alberta.
  • We partner with contractors and employers to deliver projects on budget and on schedule.
  • We provide the most reliable, productive, and safest building trades workforce available.
  • We believe in investing in our people. We are the largest supporters of apprenticeship and training for building trades workers in the private sector. Our union training facilities and programs set the standard in the construction industry.
  • We believe in investing in Alberta and in our communities. Through the Building Trades of Alberta Charitable Foundation, our members have donated over $5 million to worthwhile charities throughout Alberta.

Who are the Building Trades of Alberta members? We are your friends, your neighbours, and the volunteers that make our Alberta communities better places to live.