Stuart Porter Obituary, Death – UA Local 38’s members, officers, and staff were sorry to hear the news that Training Department Welding Instructor Stuart Porter had gone away on July 29, 2023 from pancreatic cancer. Porter’s death was due to the disease. He had 66 years under his belt. “I would like to give my condolences to the Porter family for their loss,” said Steve Mazzola, who is the director of training for Local 38.
He was a member of Local 38 for many years and was known as an exceptionally skilled welder who took great pleasure in passing on his knowledge to younger workers. He will be missed very, very much. Anyone who had the good fortune to be in one of Stuart’s classes at the apprentice or journey level could immediately see the enthusiasm and expertise he had for his chosen profession.
During the course of his employment at Local 38, he developed friendships that would last a lifetime with his pupils, his coworkers, and his fellow teachers. In his professional life, he found that his capacity for originality and analytical thought suited him well, and he felt that it was vital to pass on the knowledge that he had gained to his fellow members of Local 38.
“Stu had a huge impact on the lives and careers of his students,” said Liam Devlin, who is the Local 38 Curriculum Coordinator. We may all think back to instructors who had a significant influence on our lives and our plans for the future. One of those individuals was named Stuart Porter. Because of him, Local 38 became a stronger labor organization. In honor of Stuart, his family asks that you go for a walk, give your pet an extra hug, discover a new restaurant, go for a horseback ride, or get to know someone new. Members of Local 38, whenever you use a welding torch in the future, please keep Stuart’s memory in mind. Brother Porter, may you finally rest in peace.