Daniel Meyer, 64, – Danny to everyone who knew him – a committed trade unionist member of UAW Local 2250, died May 23 after an extended bout with cancer.
He had been an integral behind-the-scenes player the Labor Movement for several decades, first with the Greater St. Louis Labor Council heading up a special 10-year grant from the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) to organize and conduct extensive safety, health and safe working conditions programs for companies and unions throughout the metro region.
This was followed by a stint with the local chapter of the American Red Cross to working in conjunction with the United Way and other social service agencies to provide help to union families in crisis. Several years ago he returned to his job at the GM plant in Wentzville, retiring March 1.
“No job was too big or to small for Danny,” said Bob Kelley, president emeritus, St. Louis Labor Council. “In life, leaders get credit for things happening, but it’s people like Danny who really do the work and deserve the credit for making things happen. And believe me, he did the work like no one else. He will be missed.”
“Dan was a good, good person, put his heart into everything he did,” added Roz Sherman-Voellinger, vice president, United Way Labor Participation. She worked with Dan and a number of other union representatives who formed a support network to provide community services and education for union families in need.
He is survived by his wife Deborah and two daughters, Christina Ahlheim and Megan Gibson, his brother Lawrence and sister Maureen Ferracane and a grandson, Mason.
His father, deceased, was the reknown and highly respected Walter Meyer, a veteran state representative serving in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1962 to 1974, who fought like no other for working families in Missouri.
Services were held May 27 at the Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church, St. Charles with burial in Ste. Philippine Cemetery.
Memorials to American Diabetes Association.