20 Year Member Passes Away Unexpectedly

glenn-richeyGlenn Richey, a long time member of Local 701 who was employed by TransChicago Truck Group passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 3, 2016.  “Glenn was an amazing man with a huge heart who had overcome so much in his life.” Said Glenn’s long time friends, co-workers, and Union Brothers Andy Barker and Keith Chambers also of TransChicago.

Not only had Glenn lost his twin brother, he had also lost his wife over two years ago when she was diagnosed with cancer and passed only 6 weeks later. This left Glenn to care of his four children on his own which was very difficult as Andrew, Glenn’s son, is a juvenile brain cancer survivor who as a result of the cancer has been left handicapped. Glenn still managed to care for his family the best he could.

Glenn was rushed to the hospital where it was discovered that he had a pulmonary embolism.  Glenn tried to fight to stay with his kids, unfortunately he lost this fight and passed the morning of Monday, October 3rd.

Glenn leaves behind his four children who now have lost both of their parents in a very short 2 years.  Glenn’s oldestrichey_family daughter, Jessica who is only 24 has now been left to try to care for her siblings, Samantha who is 20, Andrew who is 19 and is disabled as a result of his battle with cancer and Joshua who is only 16 and is still in high school.  Jessica was just getting ready to move out on her own for the first time into her own apartment. Now however, she has been faced with trying to figure out how to pay for her fathers services, gain custody of both Andrew due to his disability and Joshua, pay mortgage payments on their family home to keep a roof over their heads and provide for their day to day needs, this is an awful lot to ask from such a young lady.

“On behalf of the entire Local 701 family I would like to express our deepest condolences to Brother Richey’s family and friends, our thoughts and prayers are with them during their time of need.” Said Local 701 Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli, who went on to state, “The unfortunate and sudden passing of our Brother shows exactly why Local 701 recently established a benevolent fund to help or members and their families when something tragic like this happens.”

The family is asking for any assistance the union may be able to offer this family as they are definitely in need.  A Go Fund Me campaign has been started by friends of the family to raise money for Brother Richey’s children.  Our members are asked to consider donating to the campaign to assist this family in their time of need. Click HERE to visit the Go Fund Me page.

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