A member of Windsor’s Local 773 and an employee of Vollmer Incorporated, he was killed on Thursday November 3 after a fall through a skylight at Ventra Plastics. He was rushed to hospital, but unfortunately passed away.
John Grimshaw, Executive Secretary Treasurer for IBEW CCO, said “This is a terrible tragedy for Brother Morneau’s family and also for his friends and his IBEW fraternity. We offer our sincere condolences to everyone who was fortunate enough to be a part of his circle. He clearly touched many lives.”
Rob Morneau was 44 years of age, and is survived by his wife Tricia, his young sons Noah and Christian, and his loving extended family. He was very active in the community as a coach for Riverside Minor Hockey and Riverside Minor Baseball.
Family Trust Fund
IBEW and friends of the Morneau family have set up a trust fund to help Morneau’s young sons Noah and Christian.
Investigation to Proceed
The Ontario Ministry of Labour has begun an investigation into his death by issuing two orders to Vollmer: not to disturb the scene at the Ventra facility and to provide documentation.
A representative of Vollmer announced intentions to cooperate fully with the investigation, according to the Windsor Star.
Remembering Rob Morneau
Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 3-5 PM and 7-9 PM at Families First in Windsor. On Wednesday, family and friends are invited to meet at St. John Vianney Church, 385 Dieppe Street after 10 AM. A funeral mass will take place at 11 AM followed by the cremation.
In a CTV newscast about the accident, Local 773 Business Manager Karl Lovett called Rob “an excellent worker.” He also said, “Never a bad thing ever said about that guy, a tremendous guy…always had a smile on his face.”
In an article in the Windsor Star, Morneau’s father Jack spoke about Rob’s love for his family and his love of baseball, but also about how Rob’s death is a second recent blow to the family. “Unfortunately what really makes this whole story so tragic is that his wife has cancer,” Jack said. “Really serious cancer. And is under treatment right now. So she’s having a rather difficult time.”
IBEW CCO encourages everyone to give as generously as possible to the trust fund for the Morneau family. You can find more information by clicking on the “Make a Donation” button on this page.