Leonard Loza
IAM Local Lodge 99 – Retiree
(picture taken March 27, 2018)

(March 19, 1948 – April 26, 2020)

With a sad and heavy heart we advise that Brother Leonard Loza passed away Sunday, April 26, 2020 at the age of 72.

Greg Loza (son) advised that his dad, our brother, passed away peacefully and will be missed by his family and many friends.  Len’s family will be having a grave side service for him.  Unfortunately due to the current coronavirus situation and accompanying regulations there will not be many people allowed to attend.  The family plans to have a memorial service at the Holy Trinity Church once the social distancing situation is over.  R.I.P. Brother Leonard.  We miss you so much each and every day . . .

Glenn Killips, President IAMAW Retirees Association of Alberta (from IAMLL1722)
I met Len Loza around May 1, 1992 when Local Lodge 99 joined the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District Lodge 14.  Since that time he became a leader in his Local and the District, as well as a friend.  After retirement, he wanted to start a retiree group for District Lodge 14.  He convinced me to come to a meeting.  We elected an Executive Board, started to have regular meetings and coffee meetings monthly.  Len also had the camping and fishing trips coordinated for the rest of us to attend.  It is with great sadness to hear of Len’s passing.  I will miss my friend.

Matthew Barnable, Business Representative IAMDL14 (from IAMLL0099)
Brother Leonard Loza was an outspoken unionist who stood up for his beliefs.  He remained an activist even after he put his tools down in retirement.  Unforgettable was Leonard’s vocal support of a group of workers the IAM was trying to unionize.  The passion in which he encouraged our members to support these folks who needed us was incredible.  I enjoyed our chats when he visited the union office and will miss them immensely.  Leonard’s spirit will live on through those who knew him and we must endeavour to pass on his zest for union activism to inspire others, as Leonard did for us.