December 2014

In Memoriam: Dennis Toney

In Memoriam
Dennis Toney
November 18, 1941 – October 10, 2014

Former General Treasurer Dennis Toney passed away on October 10, 2014.

Brother Toney served the Iron Workers for over 42 years. After serving his country in the United States Army for three years, he became a proud member of Shopmen’s Local 493 in Des Moines, Iowa. He quickly moved up the ranks serving as shop steward, executive board member, vice president, president and as a business agent for nine years. In 1979, General President John H. Lyons appointed him district representative assigning him to service shopmen’s locals in the Western New York and Vicinity District Council area.

In June 1985, General President Juel Drake appointed him as general organizer and assigned him to International headquarters to assist General Vice President A.S. Goodwin in the shop department.

In February 1988, General President Drake appointed him executive director of the shop department where he served as trustee and chairman of the National Shopmen Pension Fund and trustee and chairman of the Canadian National Shopmen Pension Fund.

On July 2, 2001, he was appointed general treasurer and served in that capacity until his retirement on February 28, 2005.

On Brother Toney’s dedication to our union, General President Walter Wise said, “Dennis was a devoted family man, and this union was his family. In addition to loving his wife Bonnie, children and grandchildren, he loved this union. He was a patient and thoughtful leader. We extend our deepest sympathies to Dennis’ family. He will be missed.”