Workers’ Memorial Wall

A collective place to mourn and remember our lost co-workers and friends  due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These are stories of some of the lives we have already lost.

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IAM Local 753, District 19

John Oles


Airbrake Operator

John Oles of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, passed away on April 13, 2020. Oles, 58, a 27-year IAM member, worked for Metro-North Railroad at its airbrake room in Harmon, NY. He was a dedicated volunteer with the Columbian Hook and Ladder Company in Croton-on-Hudson. Mourners remember him as “an integral part of the social fabric of the Croton community” who “always made you feel you were the most important person at that moment.” Oles is survived by his beloved wife Karen (Smith) Oles and his cherished daughters Kristen and Kimberly. He is also survived by his mother Dolores and brother Douglas.