TWU local 100.com
Death Notice posted in the DAILY NEWS
June 9th, 2012
FOLEY-Peter, on June 9, 2012. Longtime T.W.U. Local 100 Official.
Beloved husband of Gerardine Cox. Cherished son of Renee and J. Peter Foley.
Loving brother of Brian (Patti), Lauren (Keith), Paul, Renee (Lu) and Joseph
Favorite uncle to many.
Caring friend and generous helper to all. Memorial Gathering, Wednesday 5-8 P.M. at RIVERDALE-on-HUDSON FUNERAL HOME, 6110 Riverdale Ave., Bronx with a celebration of his life to follow at 8 P.M.
The following is an excerpt from the union's web site:
Peter M. Foley, the Union's Director of Bargaining Unit Protection and a stalwart defender of Union work, passed away early in the morning of Sunday, June 10. Brother Foley, a member of Union's Executive Board, suffered a major heart attack on Sunday, June 3, in his apartment in the Bronx. He was transported by ambulance to Montefiore Hospital, but did not regain consciousness although Paramedics were able to re-start his heart en route and the hospital trauma team provided a high level of care. Throughout the week, Pete received visits from his family and close friends. He leaves his wife, Gere, his brother, Paul and his family, and many other relatives and friends. He was 55 and had 24 years with New York City Transit, and was number one in seniority in his title of Revenue Equipment Maintainer.
Said Local 100 President John Samuelsen, who had worked with Brother Foley for 20 years: "Pete was a fearless fighter on behalf of transit workers. Management hated to see him on the other side of the table.
Said Tony Utano, Vice President of Maintenance of Way: "Pete was a fighter for people, always looking out for everybody, a good friend. He has helped make the Maintenance of Way forces increase by fighting the bosses to bring a lot more work in house."
Said John Chiarello, Chair of Brother Foley's home Division, Line Equipment/Signals, "Pete was a good friend of mine and my Division Recording Secretary and Line Equipment Chairman. He will be greatly missed. He was a true champion and fighter for workers in Line Equipment/Signals or anywhere where he felt there was injustice. His absence leaves us in LES with great sadness, but we will continue with heavy hearts and carry on his good work. We will not forget him as we go forward.
His friend and fellow Executive Board Member Mario Galvet also remembered Pete, saying, "Pete and I had one thing in common -- a disdain for the chicanery engaged in by upper Transit management."
Pete Foley was one of the first transit workers to respond to the attacks on the World Trade Center and spent weeks on the pile in the rescue and recovery effort. He played hockey on a regular basis and was in excellent health. He built a house in the Adirondacks where he hoped soon to retire with his wife. He was an active supporter of the cause for Irish freedom.
In the last few months of his life, Pete spearheaded the Union's new "Money Thrown Away" campaign, demonstrating how the MTA was buying into real estate deals that drained money from its operating budget. He was also aggressively fighting the contracting out of Union jobs.