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Robert J. Kornhass 1967-2014


It is with the deepest regret that we must inform you that Brother Robert (Bobby) J. Kornhass, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 464, died at his home on Friday, July 11th.

Bobby’s death was sudden and caught everyone by surprise and we are all deeply saddened by his passing.

 After a number of years working at Dairyland, Bobby was first elected into office in 2001 as a Business Agent, a turbulent time for the Local Union.  Always capable and  energetic, Bobby endured a 10 week strike at The Original Cakerie and gave his all to the cause, eventually winning a good contract and endearing himself to theworkers  there.  He moved to the Secretary-Treasurer position in 2006 by acclamation and remained in that position until his death.

 As well as Secretary-Treasurer of Local 464, Bobby served as Secretary-Treasurer on Joint Council 36, Assistant Dairy Director for Canada and was a member of the  Teamsters Canada National Executive Board.  He was also a Retirement Committee member with the Teamsters Canadian Pension Plan.

 Those who knew Bobby are aware of his ability to connect with individuals and to make each person feel special.  For all who worked with him, especially his best friends  and colleagues Bob Ryder, Paul Barton and Lori Joyce, he will be dearly missed – a hole has been left in our hearts. 

 Bobby leaves behind his mother and step father, Shireen and Ron Douglas; his father, Ernie Kornhass; his sister and brother-in-law, Suzie and Keith; and his two  nieces, whom he absolutely adored and doted on, Julia and Isabella.  He was just 47 years of age.

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“They have demonstrated the dedication and leadership that
our Local requires. They have always provided sound counsel, support, and frank
discussion on matters involving the members, contract negotiations and our

- Bruce Tillapaugh –Shop Steward. Island Farms, Victoria

"I was a Shop Steward and was also on the contract negotiation team. The Union took the time and trouble to learn all about our industry and what we do. This means they are better able to fight for us whether it is on the job or at the bargaining table. We have the best contract in our industry. Thanks guys!"

- Gerald Price - Agrifoods

"I was employed for many years at a Teamster company that was shut down due to the economy. Because of my age, I was worried about starting over. Bobby, Bob and Paul not only negotiated a much better severance package than was in the contract, but they also went the extra mile and got me on at one of their other companies with an even better contract.They continued to help me even though it wasn't their job to."

- Armando Borean