It is with a heavy heart that IBEW Local 1245 shares the news that one of our dearest brothers, Joedon McMasters, passed away transitioning to the next realm of his being. For those of you who knew him, worked with him, and laughed with him, you know how sad and happy we can all feel at this moment all wrapped into one. That was Joedon, the beautiful nature of making you laugh and light in the face of the most tragic events life could throw at you.
For those employed by the City of Healdsburg who never met Joedon, his presence is everywhere thanks to his legacy of work, dedication to Local 1245 and the spirit of happiness he left on everything and everyone he met, worked with, and made happy.
One of the original Healdsburg Linemen at the start of the IBEW era there (along with his partner in trade, Larry Giovanoni), Joedon was fundamental in laying the foundation of the agreement our members there work under today. For those of us who came on board with the City and wondered what we were getting ourselves into, he was the person who made you go home on the first day telling yourself you made the right decision.
Our hearts are saddened for his loss, and I know our love and support goes out to the beautiful love of his life, Dixie, along with their entire family.
As each of you goes to work today, doing what you do so well for the City of Healdsburg or any of our other signatory employers, whether you knew this wonderful human or not, let us all be mindful to do our tasks peacefully, safely and with the infectious smile of Joedon present in all our actions. Let’s never lose sight of his continuation in us.
–JV Macor, IBEW 1245 Senior Business Rep