UPDATE: Unifor Local 444 Saddened Over Former President's Death

Unifor Local 444 is in mourning over the loss of a former president.

Frank LaSorda passed away on Sunday at the age of 89.

Unifor Local 444 tweeted, it 'is saddened by the passing of our former President Frank LaSorda and we extend our deepest condolences to the LaSorda family.'

LaSorda took over the reins at the union after Charlie Brooks was shot and killed in 1977 by a disgruntled Chrysler worker who was fired from the company.

"Here is a guy that spent 30 years at Chrysler representing workers from day one," says former CAW President Ken Lewenza. "So you can imagine Frank with a large family with a spouse that has been raised and brought up in a trade union family and had the opportunity to work with the legendary Charlie Brooks."
According to the union's website, LaSorda guided workers through a difficult time when companies were pushing for concessions.

He served as president from 1977 to 1982 when he announced he was not seek re-election and retiring.

"Frank accepted the responsibilities. He went to the master bargaining table under the UAW structure, Frank being the president of local 444 had the objective of advancing the goals of Canada so this is a generation that most of us are still benefiting from their work," adds Lewenza.

Lewenza says LaSorda was also a family man raising nine children including his son Tom who was named the CEO of Chrysler in 2006.

Visitation for LaSorda is set for Wednesday from 2-4pm and 6-9pm with a funeral service set for 8pm at Windsor Chapel Funeral home at 1700 Tecumseh Rd. East.