Clifford George Pilkey

July 27, 1922November 17, 2012

PILKEY, Clifford George (Cliff) (Past-President, Ontario Federation of Labour, Past-President and Founder of the Workers Health & Safety Centre Recipient of the Order of Ontario Recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal CAW National Representative World War 11 veteran and 62-year member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 43 Board of Directors of Green Shield Canada Member Provincial Parliament for Oshawa City of Oshawa Councillor Past President of CAW Local 222 Past-President of Oshawa and District Labour Council Founding Board Member of the Oshawa Senior Citizen’s Centre) Following a lengthy illness, at Rouge Valley Health, Ajax-Pickering Site, on Saturday, November 17th, 2012. Clifford George (Cliff) Pilkey, in his 91st year. Lovingly remembered by Viola, son Allan, daughter Jackie and her husband Dan Zaika. Dear grandfather of John and Jane Pilkey. Survived by his sister, Evelyn Thompson. Predeceased by his brother Gord, sisters Mabel and Lorraine. Fondly remembered by Judy Robins, Marty White, John White and Marsha Tterlikkis and their families. Visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Thursday, November 22nd from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, November 23rd at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Thornton Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or charity of your choice would be appreciated.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 22, 2012
  • Visitation Thursday, November 22, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 23, 2012

Clifford George Pilkey

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December 7, 2012

Dear Viola & Family: We are so sorry to hear about the passing of dear 'Cliff'. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. In Sympathy, Cathy Racine (Mason) & Family

Anne Swarbrick

November 29, 2012

Dear Judy, Allan and family members:
How time passes. Could he really have been 91? Thank you for the photo you posted of that timeless friendly face with the sometimes mischievous glint in the eye that will remain in our memories. Cliff was one of the iconic leaders of Ontario's labour movement: ready to do the right thing, whether it was standing up for traditional labour and human rights issues or breaking new ground, such as supporting choice in abortion, same sex benefits, or labour's role in the peace movement. And, oh that unique voice that penetrated so clearly to the far reaches of cavernous auditoriums. His memory will remain as a role model to many. With best wishes to you all,

November 26, 2012

Mr. Pilkey, I have not nor will I ever forget your kindness to me. My fondest regards and deepest sympathy to Jackie, Viola and Allan.

Carol Lidster

Roly and Sue Dyer

November 24, 2012

So sorry for your loss.Cliff will be sorely missed.

Stephen Walker

November 23, 2012

Thank you Cliff for you dedication to men and women everywhere. You will be sadly missed...Steve Walker and Family

November 23, 2012

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Cliff. He was a good man for the working people and his type of labour leadership will be missed. My sincere condolences. Joyce McCready and Family, Whitby, On

November 23, 2012

What a great loss to the labour movement. Cliff was the stalwart on health and safety in the province of Ontario and had a wonderful vision for the workers of Ontario to establish the Workers Heatlh and Safety Centre. You will be terribly missed Cliff. Vishnu Roche (ON)

November 23, 2012

Hi Vi:

Sincere condolences on Cliff's passing. I writing this largely on behalf of my father, the late Harold Brown. I know that he cherished the friendship that he had with you and Cliff. If there is a golf course in heaven, I'm sure Dad has found it by now and he will be inviting Cliff for a round. Here's to friendship, and Cliff and his legacy as an extraordinary man who made stellar contributions to his community. Take care of yourself, Vi!

Carol Mittlestead (Brown)

November 23, 2012

To all of Cliff's family I offer my deep condolences on Cliff's passing.Cliff's ability to negotiate with governments, Tory or Liberal, gained benefits and justice for working people, few labour leaders are able to match. Yet Cliff stayed true to the vision of social democracy and the building of the NDP. A good and faithful servant. Rest in peace Cliff.
John Van Beek

Michael Kassinger

November 22, 2012

I had the privilege of knowing Cliff during his most active years in politics and union leadership. He served his country and community with the utmost pride and dignity. I am saddened at his passing and offer my heartfelt condolences to his family.