Del CASTLE Born
October 22, 1915 in
Castle died on September 12th, 2006 after 90 eventful years, most of it
working for the rights of working people as a union activist.
intellectual credentials, he turned to blue collar jobs, working in lumber
mills, railroad yards, steelmills, shipyards and longshoring. In the 1930's he
first became involved in union organizing, participating in strikes with the
Sawmill and Timber Workers Union and an early farmworkers union. In 1937, as
co-chair of the King County Workers Alliance he helped organize a two week
occupation of the King County Council chambers by hundreds of the unemployed
In 1942 he was
elected secretary of the Shipscaler's
. After WWII, he organized lumberworkers in
. In 1947 he married Pearl Albino, then an actress with the new Seattle
Repertory Theater. They would live together for 52 years and build a loving
and creative home for their two daughters and one granddaughter.
During the Korean
was active in the anti-war movement, as he would be later during our invasions
. In 1957,
became a longshoreman, joining the ILWU, Local 19. He served on the Executive
Board from 1963 until he retired in 1980. He was elected to one term as
secretary of Local 19 in 1975.
retirement, he served as editor of the Rusty Hook, the newsletter for retired
longshore workers, until, at age 89, he felt it was time to step down.
will be remembered for his feisty courage, his warm sense of humor and the
intellectual companionship and challenge he provided for so many of his
is survived by his daughters,
and Kevin Castle and his granddaughter, Kelly Scott. Remembrances may be made
to the ILWU, Local 19 Christmas for Kids Fund,
3440 E. Marginal Way