Remembering HEU activist Leo Bibo

With his wife and family at his bedside, long-time HEU activist and Provincial Executive member Leo Bibo died peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital in New Westminster July 5 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Union president Fred Muzin said he was deeply saddened by the death of the 65 year old Bibo, who worked at Vancouver General Hospital until his retirement last August. “Brother Bibo was a dedicated activist who was always connected to the grassroots members at his local,” Muzin says.

“His commitment to the struggle for social justice will be sorely missed.”

Bibo’s funeral will take place Fri. July 12, at 3 p.m. at the Burquitlam Funeral Chapel, 625 North Rd., Coquitlam.

A well-known figure within the union since the 1970s, Bibo served on HEU’s Provincial Executive from 1996 until 2000. He was also a member of the Provincial Bargaining Committee for the 1986 and 2001 rounds of negotiations, and held a variety of leadership positions at the VGH local.

An electrician and maintenance supervisor, Bibo also served as HEU’s representative on the national contracting out and privatization committee of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Originally from Australia, Bibo arrived in Canada in 1965 on his way back from an extended European vacation. He decided to make Vancouver his home. Last year Bibo told the HEU Guardian that “belonging to the union made coming to work worthwhile.

“If it wasn’t for HEU, I would have retired a long time ago,” he said.