Clyde Sutton MULHALL
September 7, 1934 – March 22, 2020
Clyde Sutton MULHALL was born on September 7, 1934 and passed away on March 22, 2020.
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Clyde Sutton MULHALL
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Dr. Tina Fraser
April 6, 2020
My Canadian Father, Mr. Clyde Mulhall. I am saddened because I won't be able to see you once or twice a year. You have been a part of our lives for over four decades. We appreciated all you did for this family, our weddings, graduations, births, politics, and other celebrations. You were the uncle to my kids, the grandfather to my grandchildren who absolutely adored you. I remember you and Chuck heading out to politic around the northern regions. You two would head out in our motor home knowing full well that you guys had to convince non-members of the party to think about the important legacies of health, education, social justice, equality, employment etc., left behind by the great Tommy Douglas, Stanley Knowles, Dave Barrett, Mike Harcourt. I don't know how many times you had to put up with Chuck's jokes and the best part, you and I ganging up with our wittiness. You were the father that Chuck did not have and for that, we appreciate all you have done for us. We will miss you but I know you will be fine with other railroaders on the heavenly tracks - stay on track and you won't derail. Something you told us years ago. We love you and will always miss you. Arohanui, Tina
April 5, 2020
I first met Clyde Mulhall through our dear friend Chuck Fraser. We campaigned together with Chuck in 2005 when he ran as the BC NDP Candidate for the Prince George-Omineca area. Two railroaders and an Acadian coal miner’s daughter; together we hit the road running. And I mean running! even though Clyde was 20 yrs my senior I had a hard time keeping pace with him. He would jokingly claim I was a fast talker and I would encourage him to slow down. We affectionately nicknamed each other, me (short haul) and him (long haul). I have fond memories of our road trip; three comrades passionately advocating for social justice and trying to convince people living and working in rural and remote northern BC that they will be better off if they elect an NDP government. I’ll forever cherish the many meaningful moments and long conversations we had. The most memorable moments for me was when we took breaks from politicking to rest at the railroad tracks. This was the sacred place where I witnessed Chuck and Clyde’s wisdom and teachings in full force. They fed my soul with stories of the working class, they reminisced about the long history of struggles and fights for union rights. Clyde touched my soul and ignited my spirit, in ways only an older soul brother can. He taught me to believe in myself, to dream big, to have certainty in my potential and to be patient. I have learned throughout the years that the wise words Clyde spoke of 15 yrs ago had nothing to do with mechanical velocity or age. In the short time that I have had the honour of spending quality time with Clyde I sensed that he was always in for the long haul. Thank you Clyde for following your true calling, for passionately living your epic life, for creating a more just society and for your honourable contribution to making our world a better place.
Rest in Peace my friend, my soul brother and comrade,
Debora Munoz (aka short haul) Prince George BC
April 3, 2020
Clyde was the General Chairman of the UTU locals 1778 & 1923 for over 20 years. Clyde was also the Chair of the Joint Council of Unions on BC Rail for 20 years. There were seven unions on the council. This was no easy feat to work with each union to ensure all received what they were looking for in order to get an agreement with the railroad, but Clyde accomplished this time after time for their betterment, as well as for the railroad. Trade unionism and railroading were essential to Clyde as the very air that he breathed! During his retirement he was available to consult with unions. For a short period he was hired by the Steele Workers Union to assist in organizing some sawmills, something he was passionate about doing. He was a strong advocate for social justice issues, safety, and worker's rights. Thank you Brother!
April 3, 2020
Conductor Clyde Mulhall
Engine of Gold
On ribbons of silver
Rumbling and rolling
Towards the sleepy station
Creosote and diesel
In the air
Train arrives on time
For awaiting passengers
This train is bound for glory
Your ticket paid in full
God knows you are a million miler
Switching box-cars on the fly
In the dead of night
This conductor paid his earthly dues
No more work trains, 24/7
Throughout the night
To ensure union rights
For anytime is train time!
Try that for 40 years...
Loved ones there to see you off
Train lurches leaving the station
Whistle blows and bells ringing
As we begin picking up speed
Heading for destination Heaven
We hold the main, with no meets,
Red to the rear
With rights over all regrets
We know you did your best
As we round the Milky-Way
Whistles screaming and bells ringing
We enter yard limits of Heaven
Prepared to stop within half the range of vision
You smell creosote and diesel
And begin to smile, you made it home
No more bunkhouses and cabooses
Your railroader's soul begins to glow
From logging camps to railroad yards
Reflecting on your journey, and
loved ones met along the way, and
will again when that Golden train arrives...
All in all, it was worth the ride
Welcome to Heaven brother Clyde!
In loving memory,
Leanne Taylor (Mulhall)
March 30, 2020
My dad was an amazing and loving family man that lived and breathed the railroad since I was a little girl. “ Conductor Mulhall” was a phrase that still echoes in my mind. When he became General Chairman of UTU he had an extraordinary opportunity to share his values and principles... he always took pride in his work and his family was his pride and joy.
I miss you pops🙏Xoxo
March 28, 2020
I first met Clyde when he returned to service at the bottom of the seniority list as a new employee. He later was given his seniority back and soon became involved as a local chairman before becoming the General Chairman. I was on the management side at BC Rail and we often had disagreements over collective agreement issues. Regardless of our differing opinions, we always had a great working relationship. I truly liked Clyde as a person and am so very sorry to hear of his passing! R.I.P. Clyde. The railway in the sky has another great conductor!🚂🚂🚂 Sincere condolences to the Mulhall family! Don Knudsen, Retired Crew Supervisor.
March 26, 2020
I have a memory that is very special and I am glad I got to do with Clyde. We packed up my grandmas car in Ottawa and drove together across Canada back to Vancouver. It was a blast and something I will always remember. I looked up to him and he taught me many valuable life lessons.