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Cancer Claims BCTGM President Durkee

BCTGM Pres David Durkee (right) is congratulated as the 2019 Paul Hall
Award honoree by MTD Exec Sec-Treas Daniel Duncan in New York City
last June.

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM)
International President David B. Durkee passed away March 30 following
an extended battle with cancer. He was 66 years old.

Brother Durkee was a 47-year member of the union, having started his
career in his native Indiana. In announcing his passing, the union’s
website stated, “There was no fight he wouldn’t lead, no adversary he
wouldn’t confront, if the best interests of the BCTGM were at risk.”

Durkee received the Paul Hall Award last year from the Maritime Port
Council of Greater New York/New Jersey. He was a member of the the
AFL-CIO Executive Council and had served on the MTD executive board
prior to his becoming BCTGM president.

“David Durkee always stood up for his members,” recalled MTD President
Michael Sacco. “He was a quiet, effective leader and will be greatly

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