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Oregon AFSCME Leader Grant McElroy Passes Away

May 11, 2007

Former Oregon Council 75 Exec. Dir. Grant McElroy died April 23 following a long illness. He was 56.

A longtime activist within City of Corvallis Local 2975, McElroy served as Council 75’s president from 1988 to 1993, and as its executive director until 1995 after Cecil Tibbetts resigned the post for health reasons.

McElroy, born June 9, 1950, in Pendleton, Ore., served six years in the U.S. Navy Reserves, including two years of active duty in Vietnam. Afterward, he became a public employee for the City of Corvallis, spending 15 years in the public works and finance departments.

After leaving Council 75, McElroy worked another decade at Comcast, retiring in 2006.

McElroy married former Local 2064 (Benton County) and Council 75 member-activist Sherri Sweet in 1994. He is survived by Sweet along with his brother, Mark, sons Travis and Spencer Kernats, and granddaughter Bailey Kernats, and former wife Donna McElroy.

“On behalf of Oregon AFSCME, I’d like to extend our condolences to Sherri and the rest of Grant’s family,” says Council 75 Exec. Dir. and International Vice Pres. Ken Allen. “At 56, he left us far too young.”

Services were held April 28. Remembrances in Grant’s name may be made to the Philomath Youth Activities Club, P.O. Box 1357, Philomath, OR 97370 or to the South Albany Rebel Sports Foundation, 3506 Columbus Ave. S.E., Albany, OR 97322.

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