It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of our brother Alfonso Estes III. Our beloved brother passed away on April 27, 2023.
Al was born in Martinez, CA on April 19th, 1958, and spent his life as a resident of the Richmond community. He graduated from Kennedy High School and attained an associate degree from nearby Contra Costa College. Eventually he made his way to employment with PG&E, quickly landing a position as a Gas Service Representative headquartered in his hometown. He spent the better part of 43 years serving the neighbors and friends that he loved. Al was a constant beloved figure in the streets of Richmond and the surrounding communities. Al loved his role at PG&E because it allowed him to make a living serving people, especially his neighbors.
Al was also a very proud IBEW 1245 member for those 43 years. He participated as a member of many Election Ballot Count Committees. Al was also a frequent delegate for our local to conferences and conventions including the Inter-Union Gas Conference, Electrical Workers Minority Caucus, and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. He proudly served as a Shop Steward for more than 30 years and was the Unit Recorder for the Richmond Meeting for over 25 years. In many ways, Al was regarded as the Richmond Unit Meeting, as there was hardly ever a first Wednesday of the month at La Strada Restaurant that Al wasn’t dutifully taking minutes and organizing the unit’s funds to make sure there was enough left over for the December Christmas celebration dinner.
Al was well known outside of his roles at PG&E and Local 1245, specifically in the church communities of Richmond and the East Bay. He was a devoted attendee, and active in many church activities and functions. He served as a Deacon, as well as an Usher. He was also a very proud member of the church choir.
Al loved to camp, fish, hunt with family and friends. He also loved to share the dining adventures locally, and across the country that he found during his many travels for business and pleasure.
We will all miss Brother Al dearly, with his infectious smile, and hugs. Most everyone will tell you that we were all better off any day that we got to spend time with our beloved brother. Rest in peace.
–Anthony Brown, IBEW Local 1245 Senior Assistant Business Manager