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Remembering a Lost Brother

On Oct. 19, 2020, Local 589 lost our recording secretary and friend, Brother Achilles "Augie" Maccarone. Augie started his IBEW career with Local 308 and worked out of Local 915 before coming to Local 589 in 2007. He quickly became a big part of our local and a big part of our hearts. Augie was a bigger-than-life type of guy. He had two loves, his family and the IBEW. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting Augie at any of the many IBEW conferences and functions he attended, at work, or even just out for the night, will tell you what a nice, respectful, hardworking, fun type of man he truly was.

Augie was so proud to be a part of the IBEW and he showed it all the time. He took pride in not only being a principal officer for the local, but he also took pride in his work when he was on the tools in the shops. If you were lucky enough to work with or around him, you know just what I am talking about. He gave his best for the better of the union each and every day and his passing is truly a loss. IBEW Local 589 President Jeff Klein said, "Augie exemplified selflessness. He always put the needs of others before his own. He will be missed."

Augie leaves behind his wife, Dawn, and three sons, Anthony, Carmine and Dominick. Dawn and the boys would like to thank everyone from the LIRR, the IBEW, and the friends and family that donated to his GoFundMe to help out during these difficult times.

Steven Schmitt, Local 589 Financial Secretary
Jamaica, N.Y.