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04.13.17

Former IFPTE Eastern Federal Area Vice President Terry Eleftherion Passes Away

Former IFPTE Eastern Federal Area Vice President Terry Eleftherion Passes Away

Terry Eleftherion, former IFPTE Local 4 president and former IFPTE Eastern Federal Area Vice President, passed away on Monday, April 10, 2017 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. Terry served as president of IFPTE Local 4 from 1992 until his retirement in 2005.

IFPTE Local 4 officer Mark Nelson expressed his sentiments saying, "Terry was a president, mentor, friend and confidant to a lot of us still in the labor movement, especially at IFPTE Local 4. Terry's influence extended far beyond Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. His efforts impacted Federal employees across the nation. He showed us how to represent fellow employees and more importantly he taught us to respect the privilege of being a union representative. The labor movement has lost an 'Icon' and he will be sorely missed."

Said IFPTE President Greg Junemann, "Terry Eleftherion served as the Eastern Federal Area VP for six years and was one of the strongest voices among all of IFPTEís Local leaders for two decades. He was soft spoken, but he made sure the right people heard what he had to say. He was incredibly smart, and while he had a quick-witted sense of humor, he would turn deadly serious when advocating for his members.

"Both as a long-serving Local President and as a member of IFPTEís Executive Council, Terry displayed an uncanny ability to recruit new activists and to know when to push others onto the center stage and when to take the lead himself. Terry was a skilled lobbyist and was as highly respected on Capitol Hill as he was among his fellow leaders in the labor movement. He was one of those rare leaders who left a trail of solid footprints for others to follow, but then, insisted they forge their own paths."

Terry's obituary can be viewed here. His funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 18 at 11 am at:

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
93 Locust Street
Dover, NH 03820

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dover. Sign Terry's online guest book.

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