‘Dick Kellett Annual Shrine of St. Joseph Cleanup’ named after longtime Labor leader who started the tradition
Downtown St. Louis – Volunteers from Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562, Sprinkler Fitters Local 268 and Insulators Local 1 raked, bagged, mowed and planted at the Shrine of St. Joseph in preparation for the St. Louis Labor Council’s 42nd Annual Robert O. Kortkamp Memorial Union Labor Mass and Interfaith Prayer Service on May 1.
Retired Insulator Tim Rone and Sprinkler Fitter Business Agent Joe Besmer put the event together.
One day before the annual memorial program honoring union members who died in the past year – particularly those who died on the job or from a work-related injury or illness – volunteers visited the shrine with trash bags, lawnmowers, rakes and leaf blowers to clean up the grounds and plant flowers.
The annual “Dick Kellett Annual Shrine of St. Joseph’s Cleanup” coincides with the annual Union Labor Mass and Prayer Service.
Kellett, a beloved, life-long advocate for working men and women, former officer with Local 562 and longtime president of the North County Labor Club, organized and participated in the cleanup for many years prior to his death in 2020.
This year, volunteers planted a tree beside the Shrine in Kellett’s memory.