Information and Final Arrangements for IBEW Local 1805 Members will be posted on this page as they are made available to us.  Family members are asked to contact Candy at the Union Office by phone (410-761-7780) or email (Admin1805@verizon.net) as soon as possible so we may share details with friends and co-workers.  When possible, we ask that you provide a photo that may be used on our website and social media pages, as well.

Dianna Canterbury

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Dianna Canterbury. A Life Celebration Service will be held on Saturday - June 9th (10am-2pm) at Roland Lake Park (7000 Falls Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21204). Bring a lawn chair, a covered drink and a dish to pass if you are able.

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Chinika Hursey

It is with a heavy heart that we share the Final Arrangements of Chinika Hursey, our IBEW Sister whose life ended much too soon due to unexpected violence. Please keep Chinika’s family, especially her children, in your thoughts and prayers as they struggle with this senseless loss.
 

Obituary of Chinika Hursey

Chinika Shari Hursey, age 36, of Randallstown, died Monday, April 3, 2017. Ms. Hursey was born March 23, 1981 in Baltimore, MD. She is the daughter of Emmauel Quilens and Merita Jackson.

She was employed by Northrop Grumman as an Electronic Technician Specialist.
 

Calling hours will be Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 4pm - 8pm at Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Services, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD (21133).
 

Services will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in the Chapel of Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Services, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD (21133). The wake will begin at 4:00 p.m. and the funeral will follow at 4:30 p.m.

Melvin Hall

We have just learned of the passing of retired Westinghouse employee and former IBEW Local 1805 member, Edwin Hall, on February 22, 2017 at the age of 90.  Please keep Mr. Hall's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday - March 9, 2017 (12:00pm - 1:30pm) at the  Joseph H. Brown Funeral (2140 N. Fulton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217).

Edward Bowen, Sr.

It saddens me to learn of Ed Bowen Sr.’s passing and I want to reflect on his impact on our union, and me,  for a few moments.  I think of Ed as a true warrior.  He fought for IBEW Local 1805 in a way that left marks on me as a young and impressionable Shop Steward many years ago.  He, amongst a very dedicated group, created the framework of our contract today; a contract that still gives everyone the opportunity to have a better than average standard of living - much better - but you have to work for it.  It is the only way.  The company fought against unionization back then, the same way most corporations do today.  They fought hard so we fought harder.  Ed was one of our warriors; he was an Officer and a Chief Steward. The union was a perfect group that was not always in perfect harmony yet we worked as a team and that is the only way we survived. I carry the tools that Ed embodied and share them and everything else we have learned with our current Brothers and Sisters.  We are building our union for the future and we need every person to be involved. Come be an “Ed” or any of the others I have honored in the past.  Come learn the history and make some positive changes on the way. We can't do this without you.  Rest in Peace, my friend. 

​Edward A. Bowen, Sr., 92, a 68 year resident of Millersville died on October 19, 2016 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.  He was born on May 4, 1924 in Annapolis, MD to the late Sarah and Richard A. Bowen, Sr..  Mr. Bowen worked for Westinghouse as an inspector for over 28 years, retiring in 1987.  He was a member of the IBEW Union #1805.  His hobbies included caring for his vegetable garden, fishing, talking to people, and dancing.  In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brothers Howard C. and Richard A. Bowen, Jr.  Mr. Bowen is survived by his wife of 68 years Annette C. Bowen, his sons Edward "Bunky" Bowen, Jr. of Severn, his daughters Nancy Bowen-Rattigan and her husband William of Millersville and Peggy Brown of Millersville and her late husband Edward Brown, Sr., his sister Betty Patton of OH, his grandchildren; Jason, Brittany, Stacey, Edward, Jr. and John, and 13 great grandchildren. 

​The family will receive visitors at Stallings Funeral Homes, P.A., (3111 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD 21122) on Friday - October 21st (3:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM).  Funeral Service will be held on Saturday - October 22nd at 10am at Anchor Baptist Church (320 West Pasadena Rd., Millersville, MD 21108) with burial immediately following at Glen Haven Memorial Park  (7215 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD).  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the veterans association of your choice.    

October 21, 2016

Carl Benkowski

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Carl Benkowski. Services will be held at Kaczorowski Funeral Home, P.A. (1201 Dundalk Avenue, Dundalk, MD 21222 (410-633-0000) on Saturday - October 22, 2016 (4pm - 8pm). Please keep Carl's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Published October 21, 2016

Shirley Mercer

We've just learned of the passing retiree, Shirley Mercer. Her Memorial Service will be held on Thursday - May 26th at 11:00 am at Shiloh Christian Community Church (825 Yale Avenue in Baltimore). Please keep Ms. Mercer and her family in your prayers.

Mike Riddiough

We share the sad news that our Brother and friend, Mike Riddiough, recently passed away.  Please keep Mike's loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.

On April 8, 2016, Michael Dean Riddiough, Sr., 62, passed away suddenly at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. He was born in Baltimore, MD on January 22, 1954, to the late Jane and Walter Riddiough. Michael was an inspector for Northrop Grumman. He loved his family, playing the guitar fishing, camping, and playing the slots.  Michael was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Walter Riddiough. He is survived by his devoted wife, Linda C. Riddiough; his beloved children, Michael Riddiough Jr., and Jennifer Capezo and her husband Buddy; three loving step-children, Melinda Trombley and her husband Gene, Dennis Cusick Jr., and Katherine Wood; his ten cherished grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

The family will receive visitors at Singleton Funeral and Cremation Services, 1 2nd Ave, SW (at Crain Hwy) in Glen Burnie, on Saturday - April 16, from 3-5 and 7-9 PM, with a Celebration of Life Service starting at 7 PM, in the funeral home chapel. The family requests that memorial contributions in Michael's name be made to the American Diabetes Foundation at www.diabetes.org.   

Published April 13, 2016

Pat Gurley

It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news of the passing of our IBEW Brother, Pat Gurley. Please keep Pat's family and loved ones in your thoughts.

Patrick Thaddeus Gurley, of Severna Park, MD, died on April 9, 2016, one day prior to his 79th birthday. He was born in Goldsboro, NC, son of the late George A. and Louise Jones Gurley. He graduated from Seven Springs High School in 1955 and attended North Carolina State College. He was a veteran of the US Army Signal Corps, serving in France. After leaving the service he moved to the Baltimore area and joined the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He retired from Northrop Grumman in 2001 in order to care for his late wife, Pauline F. Gurley.  Pat is survived by two brothers: Walter A. of Florida, and George T., of Florida, two nephews, George and David Gurley, and a niece, Kathryn Gurley Hoff. Pat is also survived by close friend, Fay Cromer, of Severna Park. 


A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday - April 13, 2016 at 10 AM in the Chapel at Singleton Funeral & Cremation Services, at #1 2nd Ave SW in Glen Burnie, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Severna Park Baptist Church, 506 Benfield Rd, Severna Park, MD 21146 OR to National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation (NPCF), PO Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502. For more information, please visit www.singletonfuneralhome.com.

Published April 12, 2016

Lenora Brach

We've just learned of the passing of Lenora Brach, a long-time 1805 member and former Officer.  Please keep her family members and friends in your thoughts during this difficult time.

On March 12, 2016, Lenora Brach peacefully passed away. She was the beloved mother of Bobby E. (and his wife Shirley) Murphy, and Patsy Yaffe; loving grandmother of Kelly O'Donnell, Shelley Gower, Shannon Morring, Lynn Hilton, and Marsha Shuba, great-grandmother of Megan Herring, Cody Morring, and Cale Morring; loving life companion of Bob Vest.

A visitation will be held at the Ambrose Funeral Home, Inc. 1328 Sulphur Spring Rd. Arbutus, MD on March 16, 2016 from 11-1pm. A Graveside Service will follow at the Meadowridge Memorial Park 7250 Washington Blvd. Elkridge, MD on Wed. at 1:45pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her name to the Main Street Veterinary Hospital 11617 Reisterstown Rd. Reisterstown, MD. 21136, or to your local animal shelter.

March 16, 2016

Rita Randoph

A "Celebration of Life" Memorial for our Sister, Rita Randolph, will be held on Saturday - April 2, 2016 at 7895 Cantwell Road in Windsor Mill, MD  21244.  The times of this celebration will be 2pm - 4pm.  Please keep Rita's family in your thoughts and prayers.

Published March 15, 2016

Willard Johnson

Our IBEW family lost another Brother recently.  Please keep Willard's family members in your thoughts and prayers. 

On March 7, 2016, Willard John Johnson, 81, passed away at the Hospice of the Chesapeake Inpatient Care Center.  He was born in Wakefield, Michigan, on September 8, 1934, to the late Margaret and John Johnson. Willard served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy and went on to work at Westinghouse for 41 years as an inspector. He was an active member of both Granite Baptist Church and the Pascal Senior Center. Willard was an avid tennis player, enjoyed playing pool, and loved music.  Willard was predeceased by his beloved son, Kurt W. Johnson, and three sisters. He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Marian E. Johnson; his beloved children, Timothy Maxey, Leila Shaughnessy, and David Maxey Johnson; his ten cherished grandchildren; ten loving great-grandchildren; and his dear brother, Norman Johnson. ​

Visitation will be held at Singleton Funeral & Cremation Services, 1 2nd Ave, SW (at Crain Hwy) in Glen Burnie, on Friday - March 11th, from 3pm-5pm & 7pm-9pm. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, March 12th at 1 PM in the funeral home chapel. Interment  at Meadowridge Memorial Park.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Willard's name may be made to Granite Baptist Church, 7823 Oakwood Rd. Glen Burnie, MD 21061. For further information, please visit www.singletonfuneralhome.com.

Published March 15, 2016

Inez Boone

Brothers and Sisters, it is with great sorrow that I announce the passing of another longtime Local 1805 member, co-worker and friend, Lillian Inez Boone, on December 7, 2015.

Lillian Inez Boone of Pasadena, Maryland passed peacefully to glory on December 7, 2015. She was born in Severna Park, Maryland on August 14, 1948 to the late Herman and Loretta White.

 

Funeral Services will be held at Wayman Good Hope A.M.E. Church, Severna Park on Monday - December 14, 2015.  Viewing 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Wake 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Funeral 11:00 a.m. (Details courtesy of Capital Gazette Newspaper)

Published December 14, 2015

Donations to Benefit Family of Mike Barron

IBEW Members, please keep the family of Mike Barron in your thoughts and prayers. Mike recently passed away after months of suffering. All tips collected at the bar during our December 23rd Christmas Party will be donated to the Barron Family. We hope you will be generous with your donations!

Published December 9, 2015

Al Furrow

It is with deep regret that I share the sad news of Alfred Furrow’s passing during the early morning hours of November 30, 2015. Al was the consummate Union Member, Steward, Officer and friend. While it is painful to know that someone who has mentored many has slipped away, we can only be grateful for his dedication to Local 1805 IBEW for more than five decades.  Al joins a long list of Union Brothers and Sisters that lent their guiding hands to the helm of IBEW Local 1805 since the very beginning. We will remember with reverence Al’s dedication, the free giving of his time and the efforts extended on our behalf with no expectation of return other than knowing that he represented our members in a fair and impartial manner.  Al, enjoy the knowledge that you have continuously helped new generations of employees at Westinghouse and Northrop Grumman build a life for themselves by protecting their jobs and their futures. Finally, please enjoy the knowledge of all you have accomplished for those you represented, even though someone else was always asking you why you did nothing for the member who was just given another chance.  Please do not ever think of what Al did for us was an easy path. The Officers and Stewards carry a large burden every day at work. They stand and face the problems our members are experiencing daily, different problems and different members each day. Issues and problems are resolved to the best of our abilities but never seem to satisfy some of our members or the critics.  There is an old saying, credited to Oscar Wilde, that states “no good deed goes unpunished” and that becomes rose colored glass that the Stewards and Officers of IBEW Local 1805 see through. Al saw these situations for more than fifty years and it never changed his persona or deterred him from representing those that needed him the most and for that, we are very grateful.  Brother, you are missed already.

 

 On November 30, 2015, Alfred E. Furrow, loving husband of Jean Z. Furrow (nee Corron). Retired from Westinghouse and Northrop Grumman after 43 years, Member of Palestine Masonic Lodge #189 in Catonsville, MD for 30 years. Board member of IBEW 1805 for over 50 years. Beloved father of Zanada J. Zablocki and husband William, and Joy L. Tederick and husband Mark. Beloved grandfather of Rhiannon Kim, Michael Zablocki, Murphy Tederick, and Garrett Tederick. Beloved great-grandfather of Alice, Daniel, and Penelope Kim. Also survived by many other family members and friends.  

 

Family will receive friends at Sterling Ashton Schwab Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville, Inc. (1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228) on Saturday and Sunday from 3pm-5pm and 7pm-9pm, , where services will be held on Monday at 10:30am. Interment Loudon Park Cemetery. (Published in Baltimore Sun on Dec. 2, 2015)

Published December 2, 2015

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