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Recent letter carrier deaths

Former Branch 343 officer Clifton Nelson

Photo of Clifton NelsonClifton “Clif” Nelson died on Dec. 9, 2022. Brother Nelson started his Postal Service career in 1958 and carried the mail until his retirement in 1999.

Nelson was a member of St. Louis, MO Branch 343 and served in several positions throughout his career and retirement. He served his branch as shop steward, member-at-large for the negotiating committee, chairman of the board of trustees, employee involvement facilitator, legislative liaison, and recording secretary. After he retired, Nelson served as the branch’s treasurer of retirees. He was known by his fellow branch members for his extensive contractual knowledge and his determination to ensure its enforcement.

Nelson is survived by his wife Martha, his daughter Jonquille and his grandchildren Eric and Jaden. He was 85.

On-duty deaths

Charles Giddens died in his postal vehicle on Feb. 23. Brother Giddens was a member of Detroit, MI Branch 1 and was a letter carrier for 17 years. Giddens was a Navy veteran. He was 69.

Raymono Russell died while on his route on March 4. Brother Russell was a letter carrier for nine years and was a member of Baltimore, MD Branch 176. He was 49.

“NALC is deeply saddened by the losses of these members,” NALC President Brian L. Renfroe said. “On behalf of NALC, I commend their service and send our deepest sympathies to their families, friends and colleagues.”