James Weyrauch, Sr.

  • Born: May 13, 1935
  • Died: November 3, 2017
  • Location: Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father, Godfather and Uncle

Message From The Family

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James R. Weyrauch, Sr., 82, of Philadelphia, PA and formerly of Pittsburgh, PA passed away on November 3, 2017.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1935, he was the son of the late James A. and Anna (née LaRocca) Weyrauch.

He was the loving husband of Bonita Weyrauch; loving father of James R. Weyrauch, Jr. (Andrea) and the late Cynthia Ann Weyrauch; loving godfather of Brandon Fields. Also survived by the LaCroce and Fields families and many nieces and nephews.

He served honorably in the US Army National Guard.

He worked as an OSHA Inspector for the Department of Labor. James received his Union Card in 1951, which he held for 64 years until his retirement at 80 years old. He served as President of the AFGE Local 644. He was also Vice President of the PA AFL-CIO and Vice President of the National Council for Field Labor Locals.

Services will be held in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia at a later date.

Jim was a life-long liberal Democrat and spent his life fighting for the working men, women, and disadvantaged in this Country.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the impeachment of Donald J. Trump and really make America great again or to Philabundance, 3616 South Galloway Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148.

Online condolences at www.donohuefuneralhome.com.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I just learned of Jim's passing. I worked with Jim and we became friends. I can see him up in heaven organizing the angels. Condolences to Bonita and his family.

Posted by Lynn Galson - Maple Shade, NJ - Coworker   March 05, 2018

Deepest condolences to Bonita and family. So many memories, enough to write an invigorating book! One of the most genuine guys you will ever meet and a person that fought for many of us! A truly inspiring person that cared for his family, friends, and coworkers. He will be missed immensely by sooooo many!

Posted by NDJ    December 20, 2017

Jim was the best this Union has ever had and ever will. He truly looked out for us and I personally will miss him very, very much. RIP Jim
Sandy Carter-Philly

Posted by Sandy Carter - Philadelphia, PA - Coworker   November 20, 2017

Very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I remember always seeing him when I visited our Regional office...he was a very nice guy. Prayers of comfort & strength to his family. May you rest in eternal peace.

Posted by Joyce Washington - Harrisburg, PA - Coworker   November 20, 2017


From the moment we met more than thirty years ago Jim lifted my union spirit with his passion, good humor and unwavering commitment to social justice for coworkers and community. Expert at negotiation and litigation alike, he accomplished more in his time than any union leader I know. Managers deeply respected him, workers warmly embraced him and unionists everywhere were inspired by his drive. His spirit lives on in all of us and I'm forever blessed to call him my friend and brother. Rest easy, Jim.

Posted by Paul Tracy - Somerville, MA - Coworker   November 19, 2017


So sorry to hear of Jim's passing! Condolences to his family!

Posted by Terry Penn - Broomall, PA - Coworker   November 18, 2017

James Weyrauch was very dear to me. We were very close friends. He was the best "Papabear" anyone could ever have. My family adored him because of his strong convictions for fair and equal treatment of all people. You could count on Jim. His motto to me was, Say it, then do it! He will be missed so, so much.

It's being a long fight "Papabear". Time to rest...There will never be another.
Love always, Dianna.

Posted by A friend   November 16, 2017

Jim was the most union person I have ever known. He fought for worker rights his entire life. Jim especially concerned about the most vunerable of workers. I am so glad that our paths crossed and we had a chance to work together at the Department of Labor.

Posted by Denny DeMay - Lafayette, IN - Coworker   November 15, 2017

I just learned of Jim's passing. We had a close relationship, more than just another work colleague. We enjoyed many moments as friends. I shall miss him greatly. I am saddend. God be with him and he with God.

Frank Santoleri, DOL

Posted by FRANK SANTOLERI - FLORENCE, NJ - Friend   November 15, 2017


Genuinely the nicest person I've ever known. It was a pleasure to work with Jim as a union steward. Rest in peace my friend. Enjoy your wings.

Posted by Carol Hubbard - Norfolk, VA - Coworker   November 15, 2017

RIP...Jim was truly an advocate for his Union and its members.

Posted by Lenita Jacobs-Simmons - Washington, DC - coworker   November 14, 2017

I'm very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a great person and helped me several times with work/union issues. I don't know what I would have done without him. He was there for me during very difficult times and he got RESULTS. He was a true inspiration in all he did for us union members. Condolences to his family, friends, and union members. He will truly be missed. Darlene Rothert

Posted by Darlene Rothert - Pittsburgh, PA - Friend   November 14, 2017

There are no words to express. This was a great man of high integrity. He did so much for the DOL employees and will be missed dearly, God bless his wife and family also his working family. He will always be remembered for his dedication to everyone that he worked with.

Posted by Maureen Pollard - Philadelphia, PA - Friend   November 14, 2017

Ileana Rodriguez

Posted by Ileana Rodriguez - Philadelphia, PA - Coworker   November 14, 2017

Jim I miss you and love you to heaven and back! I so appreciate everything that you did for our local. Some people don't really know or realize that most of the benefits that we/they have and enjoy are because of YOU, and how you fought and stood for us; down to even the Nursing Mothers room that so many nursing women enjoy; and it's a beautiful and comfortable room I've seen it. I thank you for all the things that you taught me regarding being a great union representative and leader, and those personal things in which you encouraged me and spoke a good and timely word. I really miss our long talks and your wonderful stories. I'm so sorry that you didn't get to finish your book, but I believe that you are still fighting for us in that great cloud of witnesses, cheering us on, writing a better chapter. Rest well till we see you again my friend. God bless your family and you have my sincerest sympathies, tears, and prayers!!!

Posted by Francesca Lewis - Philadelphia, PA - Friend   November 14, 2017

Jim was truly one of a kind and a true union brother through and through. Jim served as my Ex Vice President on the National Council of Field Labor Locals. Jim was my guide on so many issues that affected the Dept of Labor employees throughout the US. What I was always able to count on was the fact that Jim always had my back. Even though I have been retired for eight years I would think of him weekly and the great times we shared together. I truly loved him and will miss him.

Posted by Ronald Yarman - Howard, OH - Coworker   November 14, 2017

You were always good to me Jim, and I enjoyed our time together. You helped a tremendous amount of people, through your compassion, intelligence, and skills. You are missed.

Posted by Anthony DelVacchio, Jr. - Garnet Valley, PA - Friend   November 13, 2017

I am so sad about Jim's passing. He and I worked together, for almost 30 years, on opposite sides of the labor-management relationship, but we managed to remain friends. Jim gave his all to representing the employees of the USDOL, and he remained committed to the safety and health of all workers. Although we were both retired, we kept in touch; I will miss the occasional phone calls and lunches. Bottom line, Jim Weyrauch was a very nice man, who was dedicated to protecting the rights, the safety and the health of American workers.

Posted by Brenda McLahan - Philadelphia, PA - Friend   November 13, 2017


So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was one of a kind and I know he will be missed my many. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by Pat Armitage - Sicklerville, NJ - Coworker   November 13, 2017


Posted by Priya Weyrauch - Drexel Hill, PA   November 13, 2017

I am sorry to read of jim's passing. You have my deepest condolences. Bill passed 6/11/2015. I miss him everyday..

Carole Edwards Pittsburgh.Pa.

Posted by A friend   November 12, 2017

We lost a true legend. Jim was an advocate, mentor, fighter, steelers fan and so much more. Most of all Jim was a true friend and had your back until the end. Rest in peace my friend.You are missed already.
My sincere condolences to Bonita and family.

Posted by Pamela Polk - Lansdowne, PA - Friend   November 12, 2017


I want to remember James as a great champion for the AFLCIO. I wasn't married to his daughter Cindy but he treated me like a son-in-law and greater then that he treated me like a son. He will be missed greatly by coworkers,colleagues, friends and family alike.I am so glad I got to tell him that he was a good man the last time I talk to him about a month ago.

Posted by Robert Kemble - Pittsburgh, PA - Family   November 11, 2017

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