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Local 108 Mourns the Passing of Jack Drakeford

August 2, 2012

Jack Drakeford

We were deeply saddened to learn today of the passing of a dear friend and former Local 108 staff member, Jack Drakeford. While Jack left an indelible mark on Local 108, his legacy extends far beyond his service to the union. Jack led a life dedicated to public service –as city clerk, city manager, and councilperson in Englewood, NJ. As a firefighter he helped to integrate the city’s fire department. Perhaps it was this experience that inspired Jack’s life long effort to ensure that government helped to create opportunities for minority groups. All politics was local for Jack and he was ahead of his time in knowing how local governance made up the building blocks of a just society.


Jack first came to Local 108 when we merged with Local 29 RWDSU. As a business agent he was a mentor to us all. Jack was a master negotiator and our record for having some of the strongest public sector contracts in the state is in no small way thanks to his legacy. After retiring as a business agent, Jack continued to serve Local 108 in an advisory role.


Recently, as a council member in Englewood, Jack stood up one last time for Local 108 members. This time at the Englewood Public Library in his hometown where community members were fighting back against what would have been a devastating budget cut. Despite his frail state, Jack made a powerful case for the library and demonstrated that his commitment to justice was still as strong as ever. In the years to come we will strive to continue on in the footsteps of this great man. You will be deeply missed, but your life is truly one worth celebrating – thanks for everything Jack!

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