Helen O'SHAUGHNESSY

O'SHAUGHNESSY, Helen
Helen O'Shaughnessy, who was renowned for her selfless and unwavering commitment to the union movement, died January 25, 2013 aged 88. For more than 30 years Helen fought for better working conditions and pay within the fishing industry, and also fought for equal rights for women. Helen was president of the United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union women's auxiliary for many years, taking on responsibilities from her mentor Mickey Beagle. A union organizer with the UFAWU, even after retirement she continued her fight for social justice, focusing on the rights of seniors and pension reform with the UFAWU-CAW Seniors Club and COSCO. In 2006 Helen was granted Life Membership by UFAWU-CAW for her dedication to the membership and her tireless work in the UFAWU-CAW Seniors' Club. She loved gardening and socializing, her smile and use of bright colours always lit up a room. Helen is survived by her true love and partner in life Bruce Yorke, a housing and peace activist, her sister Eva Dugdale, two children (and partners): Denis (Roberta) and Karen (Mike), and grandchildren Alisha (Scott), Paul (Brenda) and Zara (Brandon) and great- granddaughter Lila; her three children-in-law: David (Pat) and Paul (Ingrid), Michael (Janice) and grandchildren-in-law: Alex, Cody, Graham, Joey, Koker, Stephen and great-granddaughter Ava. Helen was preceded in death by her youngest son Michael, whom she missed profoundly. Her life will be celebrated February 8 at 2 pm at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph St, Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, send donations to: BC Cancer Fdn: re prostate cancer http://www.bccancerfoundation.com or Protein for People Project http://www.proteinproject.ca.


Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Feb. 2 to Feb. 4, 2013