Division 607 (Cleveland) honors three recent retirees

From left: Brothers Michael J. Furey, Kenneth A. Malin and Benjamin J. Deccola were recently honored by members of BLET Division 607 in Cleveland, Ohio, following their Last Runs. Each retiree was presented with a model locomotive from the railroad they hired out on.


Members of BLET Division 607 in Cleveland, Ohio, bid happy retirement to three veteran members who recently completed their Last Runs.

Brother Michael J. Furey hired out with the New York Central / Big Four on August 10, 1963. He completed his Last Run as a Norfolk Southern locomotive engineer on Sept. 2, 2005, working yard assignment BW-10 at Whiskey Island in Cleveland.

During his railroad career, Brother Furey served his division by holding numerous Division offices, including Local Chairman, President, Secretary-Treasurer, and Division 607 Homeland Security Council. He was also a member of the Conrail Cleveland Joint Improvement Committee, Labor Management committee, and the Cleveland Safety committee. He was the last former Big Four engineer to retire.

During retirement, his plans include traveling, casinos, and spending time with his family.

Old friends may contact him at: 3388 West 157th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44111.

Brother Kenneth A. Malin hired out with the Norfolk & Western on August 25, 1969. His Last Run came on February 1, 2006, working yard assignment BX-22 at Campbell Road Yard for the Norfolk Southern in the Cleveland Flats.

Brother Malin found his railroad job very rewarding and always enjoyed the work and the fine coworkers. His retirement plans include relocating to Las Vegas, boating on Lake Mead, riding his motorcycle, and traveling with his girlfriend Rochelle.

Friends may contact him at his new home in Las Vegas by writing: 6130 W. Flamingo Rd., #716, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103-2280.

Brother Benjamin J. Deccola hired out with the New York Central on December 13, 1963. His completed his Last Run on April 18, 2005, working as a Norfolk Southern engineer on yard assignment BV-22 at Von Willer Yard in Cleveland.

Brother Deccola says he enjoyed his rail career and the fine people he worked with. His retirement plans are to simply catch up on all the activities he missed over the years.

Friends may write to him at: 6819 Wood Creek Dr., Cleveland, Ohio 44130-3529.



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