Roy Gillespie, Sr. a longtime, and well-known member of Teamsters Local 600, passed away suddenly on March 16 at age 63.
Brother Gillespie, better known as the “Master of Disaster,” was a Human Rights Commissioner for the Teamsters International Union and Teamsters Joint Council 13. He worked for USF Holland as an over-the-road driver.
He was often “loaned” by Joint Council 13 to the American Red Cross and others like the U.S. Army as a Teamster logistics expert, helping relief efforts following disasters like Hurricane Katrina, flooding in Louisiana, tornado devastation in Joplin, Mo., and local efforts responding to crises for help with the serious logistical needs that are essential in a disaster.
Brother Gillespie also served as a logistics coordinator for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and gave generously of his time and expertise, including helping deliver donated toys and clothing to be distributed by police, fire fighters and church groups to families in need during the holidays.
A visitation will be held Monday, March 22, from noon to 4 p.m. at Faith Miracle Temple Church at 870 Pershall Road in North St. Louis County.