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Long-time Branch 825 officer Eric Smith passes away

Eric Smith

The NALC is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Eric Smith on July 25, 2021. Brother Smith spent decades representing and assisting his fellow brothers and sisters.

Brother Smith started his career with the Postal Service in 1972 in his early twenties. He quickly became involved in the NALC and served as a steward for over 30 years. He was a member of John Grace Branch 825, Oak Brook, IL, and became Vice President in 1993. He held this position for twenty years until he became Executive Vice President in 2013 and remained there until 2020. Despite his retirement from the Postal Service in 2004, Eric continued to assist and represent his branch. He had 48 years of NALC membership under his belt.

Brother Smith was instrumental in the development of the freely distributed Paradox grievance recording keeping system alongside Brother Rich Treonis. He was also a driving factor of the branch’s Golden Key Club to increase political activism. Branch President Jay Ricke stated that by working side by side with Brother Smith for more than 40 years, he proved to be the most intelligent, hardworking and honest man he had ever known.

Eric leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Betty, and children Molly and Charlie. He was 72.

“Eric raised the bar regarding strong leadership with his dedicated and tireless representation of his NALC brothers and sisters, and he will be sorely missed” President Rolando stated. “On behalf of the entire NALC, we send our deepest condolences to his friends and family.”