NALC – Recent letter carrier deaths from COVID-19 and other causes

NALC is deeply saddened to learn that seven more letter carrier deaths related to coronavirus have been confirmed.

Robert Fouts, a member of NALC Branch 238, worked at the Massillon, OH Post Office. He was 63 years old at the time of his passing on October 27, 2020. He began his letter carrier career in July 1984, and previously served his country in the US Army for four years.

Mary Crosby, a letter carrier at the Chillicothe, OH Post Office was 63 years old when she passed away on October 27, 2020. This coming February, she would have celebrated 32 years of service.

J.R. Parker, NALC Branch 157 retired member and former letter carrier at the Philadelphia Post Office passed away on November 10, 2020. He began delivering mail in November 1965, and he served Branch 157 in many capacities – Shop Steward, Community Service Officer, Delegate to State and National Conventions, and Delegate to Congressional Breakfasts. Notably, Brother Parker was an active participant in the Great Postal Strike of 1970, and retired after 35 years of service. He was 76 years old at the time of his passing.

Donald Hunter, a letter carrier out of Omaha Nebraska, and member of NALC Branch 5 passed away November 10, 2020 at the age of 60. Brother Hunter leaves behind his wife, 9 children, and 24 grandchildren.

John Onsager, a military veteran and member of NALC Branch 728, worked at the Eau Claire, WI Carrier Annex. He was 76 years old at the time of his passing on November 15, 2020. Brother Onsager would have celebrated 38 years of dedicated service this coming April.

John Buffer, a veteran that proudly served during the Vietnam War, passed away peacefully on November 17, 2020 at the age of 79. Brother Buffer was a retired member of NALC Branch 4016 in Frankfort, IL. He was presented with a gold card for his 50 years of NALC membership earlier this year.

Manny Martinez, a member of NALC Branch 226 passed away on December 5, 2020. Brother Martinez worked at the North Richland Hills Post Office in Fort Worth, TX. This past April, Brother Martinez surpassed 35 years of service as a letter carrier. He was 64 years old.

“On behalf of the NALC, we mourn the loss of each of these letter carriers.” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “Unfortunately, this deadly disease continues to take the lives of our brothers and sisters. Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers go out to each of their families, friends, and co-workers.”

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