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In Memoriam of Past Members of I.A.T.S.E. Local 16

This memorial page only lists members who have died in the past 15 years.
If you have a information on, or a photo of, a passed member please contact the Local 16 office.

Benny Te'o

December 8, 1955 - May 16, 2019

John Maucieri

November 7, 1952 - April 17, 2019

John Maucieri passed away unexpectedly at age 66. John spent a large part of his career as a Theater electrician at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Masonic, Curran, Golden Gate and Orpheum Theatres. He was known as a premier follow spot operator and took great pride in this. He will be deeply missed by his Local 16 family.

Ted Moehnke

January 22, 1937 – January 29, 2019

Ted was a member of Local 16 for 54 years, receiving his gold status in 2015. Ted started out working Ice Follies in 1961 where he met Eddie Powell at Winterland. They spent a number of years working in the theaters and the Local 16 office together. Ted also worked on a variety of films including George Lucas’s first film THX1138 and a great many others with Lucas’s production company: Industrial Light and Magic. He was not just a prominent stagehand but an exceptional person.

Ernest E. Wright

July 2, 1965 - January 9, 2019

Ernest "Ernie" Wright passed away January 9, 2019 in Alameda, CA, at the age of 53.
Ernie was two years into his apprenticeship with Local 16. He was most recently working on 13 Reasons Why as a scenic painter. 
Ernie will be missed by all who knew him.

Link to Ernies obit.

 Dennis DeVost  

January 7, 1953 – November 25, 2018 

He was a journeyman stagehand for IATSE Local 16, serving both the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra for 26 years. He treasured his many friendships and travels with both orchestras and their crews and took great delight in being active outdoors. 

Link to Dennis's Obit

 Larry Eisler

December 25, 1955 – June 17, 2018

Larry Eisler was dedicated to his Union and still always put his family first. He started with Local 16 in 1990 doing many shows  for Bill Graham Presents including Days on The Green, Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd and many more. Larry was an excellent craftsman and enjoyed working in every major Film from Robin Williams, to The Rock, to TV Nash Bridges. Larry was an exemplarity Union brother. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him.

Jay Jaworski

June 22, 1968 – May 18, 2018

Jay worked in the entertainment industry in various capacities for well over 2 decades. He was a DJ and music director at KUSF. He was a booker and sound engineer at various nightclubs in San Francisco. He worked as a stagehand for Bill Graham Presents, JK Sound, and Stage II prior to joining Local 16, where he became a journeyman in December of 2017. His life tragically ended just over a month shy of his 50 th birthday.

Groove in peace, Jay.

 Jonathan Young

May 1, 1961 – January 7, 2018

Jonathan “JY” Young was a theater graduate from St. John’s University in Minnesota who moved to San Francisco to pursuit his passion in theater. He became a  dedicated Local 16 member for more 23 years. JY cherished his "San Francisco" family that likewise adored him, including his co-workers at the SF Ballet, SF Opera, American Conservatory Theater, Local 16 and Island Creative.

Thomas Rienecker

April 16, 1954 - February 10, 2018

Thomas Rienecker, age 63, a 20 year member of Local 16, died in a tragic motorcycle crash on Saturday February 10th, 2018 in Sonoma, California, Tom, also known as “Moose” was born in San Rafael, CA and studied Industrial Arts and Theatre at Santa Rosa Junior College.

George Moore

March 20, 1936 - December 18, 2017

George Moore began work for Local 16 in 1971 as a builder, rigger and stagehand. Before his retirement in 2006, he served as Master Carpenter for the Orpheum Theatre. George was profoundly dedicated to the union, serving many years on the Executive Board. He was always a gentleman and proud to be a Local 16 member.

JAMES ANTHONY AIKEN 
December 15, 1956 - October 25, 2017 

From Fairbanks, Alaska. Interested in theatre since school days, Jim joined "Up with People", followed by Alaska Repertory Theatre before moving to SF, joining the local and working most of the time for the SF Opera and SF Ballet. He also sang with the SF Gay Men's Chorus and Seattle Men's Chorus. Jim loved 1960's TV , Bond films, classic horror films, Tom Lehrer, opera and his dogs. He could answer every question on Jeopardy correctly and was quick with a pun. 
Jim was a Journeyman with Local 16 for 28 years.

Michael Edward Meier

February 22,1949 - August 12,2017

Michael worked for countless productions and tours from Disney to Phantom of the Opera and many other movie and event productions in many roles over the years. Michael had a love for show business as well as hang gliding and scuba diving.

Sandy Howell

May 28, 1950 - June 18, 2017

Sandy has left us to be on the best designed and painted set ever,
with the best music, in the best outfit,
with some of her best friends.
The rest of us will have to catch up with her on another day.

John Chapot

April 30,1949 - May 9, 2017

He was very active in theatre in college and even after his retirement he was always helping out at small theatre companies.

During his career in Local 16 he served as both a Prop Master and in the carpenter department at the various Theatres in San Francisco. He also was on the construction crews for many movie sets.

In addition to being an outstanding stagehand in the field, John gave generously of his time to Union Activities whether serving on committees, teaching newapprentices or serving as a mentor to many.

Kirk Charles Schreil

passed away on 4/15/17

Kirk Charles Schreil an audio engineer responsible for the sound in thousands of concerts,
theater performances, trade shows, corporate conferences, presidential receptions and other special events around the Bay Area for over 35 years

Kirk passed away at his post on Saturday, April 15, 2017, 
at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco, CA.

He was 60.

Frank J Krumenaker

November 1, 1946 - March 20, 2017

Frank Joseph Krumenaker III passed away peacefully on March 20, 2017. Frank was born in Queens, NY, and graduated from Fordham University with his degree in Economics. After serving a tour in Ecuador with the Peace Corp, he moved to San Francisco in the summer of '69. Frank was a member of Local 16, and worked as a stage hand for the SF Opera Company and the SF Ballet for over 26 years. He met the love of his life, Barbara, and they were married in 1983.

Tom Cheles

December 19, 1945 - January 2, 2017

He started in 1997 and became a member on 11/24/2003.

Tom will be missed by all those who knew him.

Lynn Patrick McKee

January 4, 1942 -  January 3, 2017

He became a member on 2/6/1980. Lynn Patrick McKee began with the Opera in 1975, was the Assistant Master Electrician in 1983 and by 1987/8 was the Company’s Master Electrician, a post he held until his retirement in 2003-04

Robert Boyle

On September 12 Local 16 lost Brother Robert Boyle.

Robert Worked in Video Engineering/Screen Switching and Directing for many companies in the industry.

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Michael Fulmer

February 17, 1944 - June 8, 2016.

Mike was one of the original model makers at Industrial Light Magic and was instrumental in producing some iconic images that will live in Motion Picture History forever. Among some of his creations were the Millennium Falcon and X Wing Fighter in the “Star Wars Movies” and the bicycle used by Elliott in “ET”.

He was a gifted artisan, welder, and fabricator who used his hands and vast imagination to create mythical movie magic.

Dwight Williams

Dwight passed away on April 13, 2016.

Dwight was born 1/28/1935 and joined Local 16 11/1/72.

 He spent 10+ years at ACT. and countless film and tv projects.

James Segura

James was born on 7/30/66 and started with Local 16 on 05/01/96. He became Journeyperson on 10/6/99. James passed away on 2/2/16.

George Van Buren

George Van Buren was a
Gold Card member of Local 16. 
He was born on 7/18/28 
and passed away on 9/18/15. 
Attached is an article wrote by 
Eddie Raymond about George.

Jim Ripka

Jim was born 1/15/76 and started working with Local 16 on 4/27/07 as a Rigger.
He started the apprentice program on 10/7/13 and would have graduated at the November meeting of 2016. 

Patrick Fitzsimmons

July 12, 1948 - February 20, 2015. 

He was a 44 year member of Local 16.  Pat worked for many years at the San Francisco Opera, on the "Streets of San Francisco"  series, and on many features filmed in San Francisco. He later worked at Industrial Light and Magic.

Luree Baker

Luree Baker passed away December 2014.  Luree was initiated in Local 16 in 1988. Luree was an instructor in San Francisco for many years and taught many of Local 16 stagehand in Theatre. He was on staff with the San Francisco Symphony for many years.


Dave "Keebler" Vernali

January 11, 1965 - November 22, 2014

He was a fine woodworker who loved to design and build, from furniture to home projects. He put his heart and soul into rebuilding his home. He was very proud of his work building stage sets for major films.


Jack (Copie) Kirkwood

Jack passed away 6-24-2014. He worked from 1965 until he retired in 1994. Jack was born July 3, 1936 and became a member of Local 16 in 1967. He worked at the SF Opera for many years and then became the house carpenter at the Golden Gate Theatre.
 

Glen Chadwick

Glen Chadwick passed away August 2014. 
Glen was initiated in Local 16 in 1960. He was a former Ice Skater with the Ice Follies and was the Head Carpenter at the Curran for many years. His two sons, Michael and Nick continue to work in Local 16.

Michael Catalano
February 15, 1973 - July 6, 2014

Mike lived in Oakland, CA, married with 2 children. Worked through Local 16 for approx 20 years. Worked on many conventions in town as well as film production.

Terry Mullen
August 14, 1969 -  August 8, 2014

Terry was born in San Jose, CA, lived in Daly City, CA, married with 2 children, worked through Local 16 for approx 15 years. Worked for many years at Phoebus Lighting as well as many other venues in San Francisco.

Kevin Kowolke

December 5, 1962 - May 17, 2014

Kevin was born in La Crosse WI. Worked through Local 16 for approx 20 years, was also a member of Local 141 in La Crosse, WI. Worked in many of the theaters and conventions sites, as well as with FM Productions.

Bill Patchett

January 9, 1959 - April 30, 2014

Bill lived in San Mateo, CA, became a Local 16 member in 1989 upon merger of Local 16 and Local 409.

PHILIP HERON

Philip was a journeyman builder and general stagehand. Initiated in 1985 He was also a teacher at 
Zelerbach Hall at Berkeley

LISA MARIE DEVLIN

11/16/2013

Lisa was a member of Sceinic 800 and a co-worker to meny members of Local 16

DAVE TOLMIE

10/19/2013

Dave was a Musician, an Audio and General AV tech and a journeyman since 2000

ART WILLIAMS

9/21/13

Journeyman Builder, fly man, master carpenter.Journeyman since 1985

EARL ANNECSTON

6/30/2013

Earl was a electrician and a shop carpenter and a Local 16 Sargent at arms.

Journeyman since 1954

KEVIN RODGERS

6/12/2013

Journeyman since 2002

BILL MALEY

2/14/2013

Journeyman since 1954

RALPH SCHREIBER

1/29/2013

journeyman since 1996

ROD MCLEOD

1/5/2013

Past President Rod McLeod travelled to San Francisco in 1954 and became as Journeyman for Local 16 in 1962. Rod was the House Electrician at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House for approximately two years in the late 1960’s. Rod was elected Treasurer in Local 16 and worked in the office with Eddie Powell, and later became President. When Eddie retired in 1994, Rod became Business Agent Recording Secretary until he retired in 1997. Rod passed away in February 2013. 
He is survived by his son, John McLeod, who is also a member of our esteemed Local.

GREG (SCOOTER) TOTTEN

12/20/12 

Journeyman member since 2000

THOMAS BROWN

10/31/12

Projectionist, Journeyman Member since 1989

RICHARD CUCINOTTA

10/22/2012

Journeyman since 1987

FRANK TANNER

9/17/2012

Worked with Local 16 since 1997

DONALD E. KERNS

8/9/2012

Journeyman since 1984

JOSEPH G. LAURICELLA

1/1/2012

Journeyman since 1963

RICH MOWDEY

7/31/2012

Audio Engineer, Journeyman since 1972

MAX CHRISTENSEN

8/30/2011

SF Opera Audio Department Head

STEPHEN P MC CUE

7/31/2011

Journeyman since 2007

JERRY JONES

7/27/2011

Journeyman since 1992

GARY C HEIDER

1/26/2011

Journeyman Since 1980

KENNETH R SJOGREN

7/1/2010

Journeyman since 2002

RICHARD E BROWN JR

6/23/2010

Journeyman since 1989

JEFFEREY PETER STEIN

1/19/2010

Camera Operator, Audio Visual
Tech

DENNIS A POPE

7/30/2009

Journeyman since 1971

MICHAEL WILLCOX

1/26/2009

Journeyman since 1970

MARK C BUCK

10/16/08

Journeyman since 1995

LANCE V BRACKETT

10/09/2008

Journeyman since 1992

DAVID E MURPHY

7/11/2008

Journeyman since 1984

RICHARD E LABUHN

6/17/2008

Journeyman since 1966

DANNY SARRIS SR

4/17/2008

Journeyman since 1952

JACK M KOSTELNIK

2/23/08

Journeyman since 1998

JAMES A LEWIS

7/14/07

Journeyman since 1965

ALBERT L MARSHALL

6/18/07

Video Engineer, Local 16 Business Agent

Journeyman since 1992

RICK G BLIDE

6/12/07

Journeyman since 1983

ROBERT A JOHNSON

5/20/07

Journeyman since 1989

ROBERT K BARNARD

5/19/07

Journeyman since 1985

SANDRA S BUTLER

12/22/06

Camera operator, Video engineer

Journeyman since 1992




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