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Born: Nov 09, 1937

Date of Passing: Oct 12, 2003

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KAMIL MICHAEL GAJDOSIK "KAM" It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Kam Gajdosik on Sunday, October 12, 2003, at the St. Boniface Hospital. Kam was predeceased by his parents Mary and Gejza Gajdosik; infant brother Michael; infant grandson; brothers-in-law, Glen Shave and Ron Atkinson; and infant nephew Kyle Clouston. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Garry of Winnipeg, Gaylene (Michael) Allen, Grant of Edmonton, and their mother Louise of Winnipeg; his grandchildren, Draden, Cole, Jade, all of Edmonton; his sisters, Blandina Clouston of Winnipeg, Viera Shave of Burnaby, BC, Joanna Atkinson of Toronto; brother Joseph of Winnipeg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Kam was born in Dufresne, MB, on November 9, 1937, and eventually moved to Winnipeg where he began a long and impressive career in the construction industry. In 1959 he became the youngest person in North America to hold the position of Senior Business Representative and Secretary Treasurer of Laborers International Union of North America, Local Union 101 of Winnipeg, MB. Throughout his career, Kam was actively involved in the union and management sides of the construction industry. In 1974 Kam helped found the T.E.L. (Teamsters, Operating Engineers, Laborers) Council and acted as its secretary treasurer, and in 1979 became the T.E.L. President. He was also the founding member and Negotiating Chairman of the Manitoba Multi Trade Union Group. In 1987 he became the C.E.O. and Director of Labor Relations for the Construction Labor Relations Association of MB where he worked until his retirement in 1996. In 1990 Kam was appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada, the Hon. Brian Mulroney and the Minister of Employment and Immigration, Hon. Barbara J. McDougall to bring forth a report on training programs for people on Unemployment Insurance. Kam had served on numerous boards and committees during his career. In his spare time, Kam was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying his intense passion for hunting and fishing with his two loyal companions, Laddie and Jetsy, along with his father and two sons, Garry and Grant. In 1974 Dad had the honour of dining with Her Royal Highness, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and Earl of Snowdon to commemorate Winnipegs Centennial Celebration. He also had an open invitation to the Governor Generals mansion whenever he was in Ottawa. Prayers will be held on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Edward J. Coutu Funeral Chapel, 680 Archibald St. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, October 16 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Emiles Church, 556 St. Annes Rd. The family would like to send a heartfelt thanks to Bea, Margaret-Rose, Lynda, Ted, Joe and the rest of the staff on floor 5E for their care and compassion for Dad and the rest of the family. "Dad - You are our one grain of sand." The Coutu family in care of arrangements: EDWARD J. COUTU LTD. 680 Archibald Street 253-5086

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 15, 2003

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