IBEW CCO Sadly Announces the Passing of Organizer Bill Korrall

Bill Korrall IBEW Local 402Bill Korrall was a member and organizer for Local 402 in Thunder Bay. He was proud to serve his local and was an active team member at provincial organizing blitzes.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Bill Korrall passed away after a brief battle with cancer on November 10, 2017.

Glen Drewes, Business Manager for Local 402, has fond memories of Bill. The two were good friends for the past 26 years.

“Bill was tough on the outside but had a heart of gold. He loved organizing, and really wanted to help non-members join so they could have the benefits of union membership,” says Drewes.

“He was quiet, kind, and caring. But he also loved a good argument. He would have made a great labour lawyer,” Drews comments. “He also loved cooking, and travel too.”

Other members remember his dedication; Korrall often made the effort to be a part of organizing blitzes led by James Barry, Exec. Chairman of Membership Development. In spite of the great distance from his hometown of Thunder Bay, Korrall attended blitzes all over the province.

Bill Korrall at an organizing conference, June 2016
Bill Korrall (front row, 3rd from left) at an organizing conference, June 2016.

Korrall joined the IBEW as a second term apprentice in 1991. He was a part of 402’s organizing team for the past 5 years.

A Celebration of Life for Bill will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 3:00PM until 6:00PM in the Westfort Chapel in Thunder Bay (420 West Gore Street at James).

  • Tributes will be offered at 5:00 PM.
  • Interment will take place in Mountainview Cemetery at a later date.
Bill Korrall IBEW Local 402
Bill (on the right) with a friend in Minneapolis, on their way to a Steely Dan concert in Aug 2014.

Donations made in memory of Bill to Doctors Without Borders or the Palliative Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Care Group would be greatly appreciated.

We send our condolences and best wishes to Bill’s family and friends, including his son, 5th term IBEW 402 apprentice Zachary Korrall. You can read more about Bill and his family on his obituary.

Glen Drewes sums up with, “Bill was very spirited. He would have wanted us all to enjoy our lives and remember him the way he was.”