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REMEMBERING CHARLIE MALUE: SCHOLAR, FRIEND AND TRUE UNION BROTHER

May 4th 2018

The MM&P community is mourning Captain Charles W. Malue, the union’s Great Lakes & Rivers representative from 2005 to 2014, who passed away on April 23 at the age of 69.

Scores of family members and friends attended his funeral last week in Cleveland.

Charlie started working on the Lakes as a coal passer aboard Great Lakes steamers while he was still a teenager.

He climbed the hawsepipe to become a captain, finding the opportunity between family time, work and travel to read a steady stream of books on topics ranging from world history to the trade union movement, and from economic theory to poetry.

An MM&P member for 35 years, he was also a second-generation member of the Industrial Workers of the World and a member of the former National Maritime Union.

“Charlie grew up in hard-scrabble, rough circumstances to become a master mariner and, more importantly, the kind of man we should all aspire to be: a person of unimpeachable honor, integrity and substance,” says MM&P President Don Marcus.

“He was a wonderful friend, a mentor and a true union brother to me and so many others.”

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