In Memoriam

Alan Micks (Transportation)

We are saddened to inform the Membership of the passing of Alan Micks (Transportation Member) on June 13, 2022. Alan was a devoted member of the IATSE Local 873 for over 20 years. He loved his job and the people he had the privilege of working with.

Donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation or Hospice Orillia. His full obituary will be listed in the Orillia Matters newspaper later this week. 

A private, family-only service will take place at a later time. 

Paul Walker (Transportation)

We are saddened to inform the membership of the passing of Paul Walker (Transportation Member) on May 24, 2022.

A funeral has already taken place. His obituary can be viewed here.

Valentin Pricop (Sound)

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Valentin Pricop (Sound Member) on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

Hugh McCallum (Transportation)

Below is an obituary written by Hugh McCallum’s son, Troy McCallum:

Hugh Grant Campbell McCallum…

On April 18 of 2022 at 2 pm, Hugh Grant Campbell McCallum, finally called it quits. Hugh was born in East York, Ontario on February 14th of 1947. It was the day the mold was officially broke for inappropriate joke telling and hilarious stories that would be repeated several times, to all who knew him. Hugh didn’t see industrial smokestacks as pollution, but rather… competition. When Hugh wasn’t smoking, he was busy rolling another one. This competition ultimately led to advanced COPD which then took him behind the woodshed and opened a can of whoop-ass resulting in a massive heart attack.

Hugh is survived by his family: beloved wife, Sandra who stood by his side for well over 50 years (someone please pin a medal on this woman!). His sons, Steven Richard Stone McCallum (wife April) and Eric Troy McCallum (wife Deanne) along with Grandchildren Chace, Jade, Ayla, Reese and his extremely patient sister, Marilyn Jelinek.

Hugh routinely downplayed his profession of “Transportation driver for IATSE Local 873” AKA “driver of movie stars on film sets for over 35 years”. Basically, he had a cool job that gave him MORE amazing stories about celebrities which, if they found out… would likely sue him for defamation of character.

Deep down Hugh was a larger than life, loving, caring, funny and herculean man with a strong sense of street smarts and survival skills. Those who knew him, either loved him or scratched their head – either way… they certainly remembered him.

A funeral will not be held simply because Hugh wouldn’t want to be “surrounded by a bunch of #@%ing crybabies”. Instead, Hugh will be BBQ’d with his ashes either thrown in the face of his enemies or sprinkled illegally in a nearby Provincial Park. In lieu of flowers or charitable donations, please just raise a glass or roll one up and chuckle at one of his jokes that you’ve probably heard a million times. A celebration of his life will be held at some point this summer.

On behalf of the McCallum Clan, thank you for your well-wishes and condolences during this challenging and emotional time. We simply ask you to treat one another with respect and please… don’t smoke.

Dave Cotton (Transportation)

We are profoundly saddened to inform the Membership of the passing of David Cotton (Transportation Member) on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Dave was a devoted member of the IATSE Local 873 for over 30 years. He loved his job and the people he had the privilege of working with. He is survived by his wife Hazel. Donations can be made to a charity of your choice.  A service is not planned at this time. 

Frank Strzinar (Construction)

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Frank Strzinar (Construction Member) on April 4, 2022.

His obituary can be viewed here.

Donations can be made to the Kawartha Wildlife Centre as Frank loved nature and wildlife.

Nicholas Fasullo (Grip)

We are saddened to announce the passing of Nicholas Fasullo (Grip Member) on April 2, 2022. He was the brother of Ross Fasullo (Grip) and Richard Fasullo (Transportation).

His obituary can be viewed here.

Shelia Yakimov (Hair)

We are profoundly saddened to inform the Membership of the passing of Shelia Yakimov (Hair Member) on Monday, March 7, 2022. Shelia was a devoted member of the IATSE Local 873 for over 40 years.  She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Simeon, and her fur baby feline Peaches. Cremation has already taken place.  A service is not planned at this time. 

Donations can be made to the MS Society of Canada. If you would like a send a card to Shelia’s family, please send to Tracy at the Union Office and the card will be forwarded to Simeon.

Dorota Zajac (Make-Up)

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Dorota Zajac (Make-Up Member) on Friday, February 25, 2022.

Dorota’s daughters’ Sarah and Catherine, and sister Brenda, would like to invite everyone to join them for a Celebration of Life on Monday, March 7. The family encourages everyone to come with a smile and wear light colours in honour of Dorota’s memory.

Service details:

Monday, March 7th

Mount Pleasant Cemetery

Visitation will be between 4 PM – 5 PM followed by a Service from 5 PM-6 PM.

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Centre (accessed via the East Gate)

When entering the cemetery please follow the signs for “Funeral Centre”

375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON, Canada, M4T 2V8

Nadia Jarvis (Costume)

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Nadia Jarvis (Costume Member) on February 14, 2022.

Her obituary can be viewed here.