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It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
---George S. Patton, Jr.

The Memorial Wall is the solemn space where brothers and sisters who passed on invite others to take up their torch and carry it forward. Today, your union stands steadfast in the values and work ethics our founders and fellow members lived and died for. We are proud to pay them an everlasting tribute. Our lives and livelihoods are better today because they cared. We thank them for their deeds and dedication and proudly engrave their names in this wall as a small token of our appreciation.

Together, UA 725 and Union Memorials.com have formed the UA 725 Memorial Wall to pay tribute to our fallen brothers. In the true spirit of our union heritage, let's pause and reflect on the paths taken by our brothers who were here with us. Take a moment to visit the dedications and honor those we worked with, laughed with, and loved. The UA 725 Memorial Wall is a place of honor, built with union pride, to hold fast to their memory. Be proud of this, your union heritage. 


Through a special partnership arrangement with Union Memorials.com, we have received special pricing for our UA 725  brothers. E-mail sales@unionmemorials.com if you are interested in personalizing and upgrading any of the memorials below to include music, photographs, etc. Mention that you are member of this union and receive your discount.  You can also speak with your local union for further information. 


Recent Memorials

The names listed below are brothers who recently passed away. They will be sadly missed.

Baran, Jerry Michael 
March 5, 1917 - January 7, 2004

BARAN, LT. COL. (Retired) JERRY MICHAEL nee BARANIUK, 86, of Miami, passed into God's hands on Wednesday, January 7, 2004. He was predeceased last August by Lillian, his loving wife of 57 years. Born in South Bethlehem, PA, on March 5, 1917, his family eventually moved to Babylon, New York, where they ran a bowling alley and the popular Highway Diner. After graduating from NYU in 1939 in accounting, he enlisted in the Army and was transferred to the Army Air Corps. A bombardier, squadron leader, and highly decorated WW II hero, of the 310th Bombardment Group, Jerry's anti-flak B25J, the Donna Marie II, was shot down over Northern Italy during his 78th mission on December 10, 1944, and he was forced to parachute into enemy hands, managing to salvo his payload before leaving the plane. Wounded severely by flak and suffering a concussion, he was captured by the enemy and eventually transferred to Neurnburg-Landwasser concentration camp. Often transferred to other stalags due to his ability to command and organize fellow prisoners, after 5 months as a POW, he was liberated from Stalag 7A on April 29, 1945, by General Patton and his Army. His last mission was documented in The McAllister Case by Giuseppi Versolato. Jerry's selfless devotion to duty and courage earned him a Purple Heart with 2 clusters, The Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 cluster and an Air Medal with 9 clusters. In a MIA letter to his parents, his commanding officer wrote of him, "Jerry was the type of man we all wanted to know and did come to know and admire.......continually looking for improvements to make life a little more comfortable for the other men." After the war, Jerry married the love of his life, Lillian Shoman. They eventually moved to Miami where Jerry worked for the Dade County School Board for 25 years. "Gee Gee," or "Dee Dee" is remembered by his grandchildren as a patient and kind man who said little and loved much. His family was his life. He spent most of his retirement tinkering in his garage, or tending to his garden, hoping his new crop of beets would be suitable for Lillian's borsht. Jerry is survived by his daughter Susan Baran Blumin (Howard), his son Robert Jerry Baran (Mari) and his five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Michael, Amy, Robert, and Christopher. Jerry will be laid to rest with his wife, Lillian, at Arlington National Cemetery on February 6, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Legion Harvey W. Seeds Post #29, 6445 N.E. 7th Avenue, Miami 33138. Dad, you were the wind beneath our wings, we will all miss you.

Lombard, John B. 
January 12, 1930 - December 16, 2003

Brother John Lombard was initiated into Local Union 725 on April 20, 1971.  He was born on January 12, 1930 and died on December 16. 2003.  

Broome, Jr., Robert F.
March 8, 1958  - October 16, 2003 

Long Time Westwood Laker Robert (Bob) F. Broome, Jr., tragically killed on his chopper Oct 16, 2003 on Miller and 102 Ave. Bob was a long time known Motor cross, Off-Road racer and Pit Crew Mechanic with Forda Off Road & Crowder Racing of Tallahassee. He had nine lives while racing and died on his last wanted dream toy, the Purple chopper. If it wasn't Racing, it was Fishing with his Friends. He was initiated into the  Pipe Fitters Union on June 5, 1984. Bob was a Refrigeration Coordinator with Publix responsible for installation in remodeled and new stores, but his history goes far beyond. A devoted loving son will reunite with his Mom 'Lilly Belle (Bootsie)' and his Dad 'Robert'. He will be missed by his family and his many loving friends and remembered as the one and only 'BOB'.

Tomlinson, Richard Allen 
 January 2, 1941 - September 27, 2003

Brother RIchard Allen Tomlinson was initiated into Local Union 725 on May 6, 1980. He was born on January 2, 1941 and died on September 27, 2003.  

Jatkowski, Frank J. 
March 5,1924 - August 20, 2003

Brother Frank J. Jatkowski of Hollywood, FL was born on  March 5,1924 and he died on  August 20, 2003.  A resident of 43 year coming from Pittsburgh, PA.  Frank was initiated into UA Local 725 on July 17, 1962 and was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran.  Predeceased by wife Irene.  Survived by daughters Yvonne Ippolito and her fiance Vernon Soares and Candace (Grady) Leggett, son Keith; sisters Lorraine Gallagher and Pearl Specht; grandchildren Anthony, Jenelle, Frankie, Ryan, Matthew, Jaron and Ian; beloved friend Geraldine Ziemba.

Signori, Osvaldo 
April 21, 1921 - June 16, 2003

Brother Osvaldo Signori born on April 21, 1921 in Gazaniga, Italy.  Served on various submarines in the Italian Navy during WWII.  Osvaldo was employed by Hill York Air Conditioning Co. for over 35 years and was initiated into the Pipefitters Local 725 in Miami on March 21, 1951. Osvaldo is survived by his wife of 45 years, Beatrice Nogueira Signori and sons, Richard (Lisa) Miami-Dade County Department of Human Services, Steven (Linn) Miami-Dade Police Department and Lawrence (Margaret) Allstate Insurance Co legal Department.  Osvaldo is also survived by his grandchildren, Alexa, Nicholas, Paul, Katherine and Isabella.

Bethencourt, Jr.  Arsenio J.
April 13, 1918 - June 2, 2003

Brother Arsenio J. Bethencourt, Jr of Miami, passed away on Monday June 2, 2003.  He was born on April 13, 1918.  He was a resident for 56 years coming from Key West, FL.  A 60 year member of Local 725 Pipefitters Union.   Surviving, beloved wife, Celia V. Bethencourt; loving and devoted family, daughter, Patricia (George) Ruggiano; predeceased, daughter, Christine Chinn.  Also surviving sons, Daniel J. (Janet) and David A. (Lilly) Bethencourt; sister Celina Rodriguez; 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren

Cook, Aaron T.
February 13, 1918 - May 18, 2003

Brother Aaron T. Cook was a Building Trades Journeyman and was initiated into Local Union 725 on August 16, 1960. He was born on February 13, 1918 and died on May 18, 2003.   His daughter Debbie Cook Beauchamp and son Larry T. Cook survive him.

utcher "Butch", Milford L.  

August 3, 1913 - April 20, 2003

Brother Milford L. Butcher "Butch" was a Building Trades Journeyman and was initiated into Local Union  725 on December 1, 1938.    He retired on December 13, 1977.

Mr. Milford L. “Butch” Butcher of Lakeland died of cancer on Sunday April 20, 2003 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.  He was 89. 

Born in California, MO., on August 3, 1913, he came to Lakeland from Coral Gables in 1965.  He was a field superintendent and worked in the shipyards building battleships for the war effort during WWII.  He was a member of the Pipefitters Local Union 725 in Miami, and was involved in the construction of more than 50 power plants across the United States.  He was a 32nd degree Mason, and a private pilot.  He was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist church, where he was past chairman of trustees on the finance committee and an usher.

Mr. Butcher was preceded in death by his wife, Maisie Butcher.  He is survived by his wife, Sarah Bridges-Butcher; sons, Darrell Butcher, Fulton, MO., Jerrold Butcher, Jacksonville, Randy Bridges, Plant City, Rick Bridges, Bartow, Ron Bridges, Oliver Springs, TN; borther, jesse Butcher, Isham Butcher, both of Fulton, MO, Ray Landrum, Sacramento, CA, Walter Landrum, Jefferson City, MO; sisters, Dorothy Warden, Opal Salmons, both of Fulton, Abby Akier, Benton City, MO; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. 

 Quimby, James E.

 June 2, 1915 - April 8, 2003

Brother James E. Quimby  was a Building Trades Journeyman and was initiated into Local Union  725 on December 7, 1965. He was born on June 2, 1915 and died on April 8, 2003.   He is survived by his daughter Judith Quimby Fink.

Salazar, Orangel A.
November 14, 1924 - April 4, 2003.

Brother Orangel A. Salazar  was a Building Trades Journeyman and was initiated into Local Union 725 on September 19, 1972. He was born on November 14, 1924 and died on April 4, 2003.   His is survived by his wife Luisa AR. Salazar and twodaughters Zuleika S. Contreras and Mabel R. Salazar.




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