Passing of Gold Card Member Donald LaPointe

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We are grieved to report last night's passing of Local 2 Gold Card Member and U.S. Army Veteran Donald (Don) LaPointe.

Don, initiated on February 21st, 1968, was Chicago Theatre’s Head Carpenter for many years, a role he honed early on at The Blackstone (Merle Reskin) Theatre after working for Bill Beaton at the Auditorium Theatre and Jim Kiddle at the Shubert Theatre. Don's employers included Lyric Opera, WGN-TV, UIC Pavilion and many more. He was often union steward, another role in which he excelled.

Don served on our Executive Board, judged several Local 2 elections, worked several years for Broadway in Chicago as Shubert Theatre's Head Carpenter and well-earned a stature of elder statesman before retiring in 2005. Don’s sense of duty was only surpassed by his sense of humor, both of which are legendary. He will be missed.

Don was born on November 26th, 1945, he was 75 years old. Details on a memorial service will be made available once we have them.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Don’s family.

In Unity,
Craig Carlson,
Business Manager
Stagehands Local 2

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