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Obituary of Brother Joseph F. Goldmann

Brockton Firefighters Local 144 regrets to announce the death of Brother Joseph F. Goldmann

Joseph F. Goldmann age 47 of Brockton died July 8, 2020 after a long fight with complications from TBI. He was born and raised in Brockton a son of the late Sandra and James Goldmann and lived in the city for most of his life. He is survived by his three children he loved dearly Eric Goldmann of Wareham, Anna and Ali Goldmann of Brockton, their mother Melissa Goldmann and his grandson Oliver Goldmann. He is also survived by his brothers Dan Goldmann, Tedd Demariano, Sean Goldmann and sister Carly Kissane and many nieces and nephews as well as other extended family and friends. 

Joe enlisted in the US Army serving in active duty in Desert Storm and also served in the US Air Force reserves. He had been a firefighter for the City of Brockton for many years. He had also been a union fence installer with many companies in the area. 

If you met Joe, you weren’t quick to forget him. If you were around him long enough you probably found yourself picking up one of his repetitive one–liners whether you wanted to or not. Joe was spontaneous, hardworking, driven, strong (physically and mentally), adventurous and jovial. 

Visitation for family and close friends will be held Thursday July 16, 2020 at the Conley Funeral Home 138 Belmont Street (rte. 123) Brockton 9-10am. Private burial in the Mass National Cemetery in Bourne. 

In lieu of flowers please donate to the VA Boston Healthcare System. Donations may be made to the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs website and 100% of the donation will go towards supporting veterans. Thank you to all the staff at the VA Boston/Brockton healthcare system that provided Joe with care and comfort through his tough last years. 

Obituary of Brother William E. Longe Jr.

Brockton Firefighters Local 144 regrets to announce the passing of Brother William E. Longe Jr.

William E. (Sonny) Longe, Jr. 83, of Brockton passed away peacefully at his home on June 29, 2020.

Bill was born in Newport News, VA on February 10, 1937, to the late William, Sr. & Pauline (Deligola) Longe.

A retired Brockton Fire Fighter and carpenter by trade, Bill was a lifelong Patriots and Red Sox fan and an experienced fisherman who loved fishing with his sons and friends in both New England and Florida.

Bill is survived by wife, Barbara (Newell); children, William E. Longe III and wife Crystal, Terriann Longe, Robert C. Longe and wife Jean, Charles J. Longe and wife Norma; step-children, George W. Lea and Julie Taylor, Susan E. Pelaggi, Richard P. Lea and wife Pam. Bill leaves behind 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and another one due any day! and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Brother to Jean Dickerson and Irene Wise, Bill was also father of the late Janice M. Longe, and former husband of the late Claudette M. (Thibault) Longe.

Calling hours will be from 9:00AM to 11:00AM, followed by funeral services from 11:00AM to 12:00PM on Wednesday, July 8th, at the Russell & Pica Funeral Home, 441 So. Main St.,(Rt.28) West Bridgewater. Private cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to; Brockton Fire Fighter Relief Association, PO Box 3341, Brockton, MA 02304. For directions visit www.Russellpicaf
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73rd Anniversary of the PFFM

December 12, 2018

Brothers & Sisters,

Seventy-three years ago today, the Associated Fire Fighters of Massachusetts received our Charter from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). On that day, there were only twelve Locals in the newly formed “AFFM”. They included; Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Gloucester, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lynn, New Bedford, Newburyport, Northampton, Quincy, and Springfield.

In 1975, at the AFFM Biennial Convention, the delegates voted to change the name to our current, Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, effective January 1, 1976. 

As we prepare in the coming days, to lay our Worcester Local 1009 Brother Christopher Roy to rest, I ask you to pause and reflect on how we got to where we are today.

Our PFFM, which started as an Organization of just 12 Locals, has swelled to over 220, representing over 12,000 IAFF Fire Fighters and Emergency Medical Technicians and their families across Massachusetts.

We have been in the business of protecting fire fighters and their families for 73 years. We have stood at attention at the Line of Duty Death funerals for over 900 of our PFFM Brothers and Sisters. This is what we do as fire fighters. Our PFFM has secured countless benefits and pensions for widows and families, and ensured that our fallen are never forgotten. This is what we do as a Union. This is our business, and this is Our PFFM.

In closing, I am honored for the opportunity to be serving as your President, and I look forward to the challenges ahead.

In solidarity,

Richard MacKinnon, Jr.

Richard MacKinnon, Jr.

Proud President

Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts

12th Annual Fight for Air Climb

Brockton school committee member, retired firefighter, dies at 69

By Marc Larocque

July 27. 2016 11:57AM

Brockton school committee member, retired firefighter, dies at 69

BROCKTON – Wayne McAllister, who was the first African-American to hold elected office in Brockton, is being remembered for his service as a city firefighter for more than 30 years and as a civic leader known for his frank, thoughtful stances on issues facing the community.
“The one thing I can take solace in, after his passing, is knowing how many people he’s touched and helped,” said Sara Keough, one of his daughters. “He had pride in the city. He loved it here. He was willing to do anything for the residents of the city. That was basically his passion.”
McAllister, who remained on the Brockton Planning Board and the Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School Committee, died surrounded by family at his Brockton home on Tuesday after a long bout with cancer. He was 69.
Keough said her father, who often got other parents involved with community endeavors, such as forming a basketball team at the Arnone School, would never be afraid to speak his mind on issues of education, diversity and access to resources. When he addressed a problem, he researched it thoroughly and didn’t mince words when giving his opinion, said Keough and others.
“He said it like it is,” Keough said. “He had a way of saying things that was direct and to the point. I wouldn’t say it was necessarily rude. But it was frank. And often it was a little funny. That took the sting off, but you got his point, which I think is what made him likable. ... He always had a way with words.”
Former colleagues at the Brockton Fire Department recalled how McAllister taught them the trade. Archie Gormley, president of the Brockton Firefighters Local 144 union, was one of several people who referred to McAllister as a mentor.
“What he meant to the younger members was, when we came on, especially myself, he was looking out for us,” Gormley said. “He took us under his wing. He showed us what it was all about. He was able to make us understand how the fire department ran, and how we should act, and how we should behave, and what are our responsibilities.”
Gormley said the Brockton Fire Department mourns the death of McAllister, who is also a veteran of the U.S. Army, for which he received an honorable discharge. Gormley also thanked McAllister for his contributions to the firefighters union, as a former vice president for Local 144.
“It’s a loss for all us,” Gormley said. “I learned a lot from him, not only about being a firefighter, but about union representation ... to protect all our benefits and everything that firefighters fought for in the past. ... He was a great community activist.”
Gormley said too many firefighters are dying from cancer.
“People don’t realize this, but that’s the one disease that’ll take most of the firefighters' lives throughout their career,” he said. “I feel very deeply about his family and their loss. We’ll continue to help them in any way we can.”
McAllister was the first African-American elected to office in Brockton, as a representative for the city on the school committee for Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, said friend and fellow planning board member Ollie Spears. McAllister served as a Brockton representative on the regional school committee since 2002, and remained on the committee until his death.

As a member of the Brockton Planning Board, McAllister was among a group of public officials who were named personally as defendants in a $82.8 million lawsuit filed in 2012 by Brockton Power, after the company was blocked from building a gas-fired power plant in the city. McAllister was the only one from the group of defendants who remained in office when Brockton Power dismissed individual defendants named in the lawsuit.
McAllister was also active with the Brockton Chapter NAACP, and was a member of the mayor’s crime and drug task force. McAllister also ran unsuccessfully for the Ward 4 City Council seat in 2005.

Through it all, McAllister was a "straight shooter," Spears said.
"Wayne was a mentor to me, personally and politically," said Spears, who remains on the Brockton Planning Board. "Wayne told it how it is, didn't hold back and stood his ground. This is what I admired about him."
A wake is scheduled for this Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Russell and Pica Funeral Home, 165 Belmont St., in Brockton. A burial with U.S. military honors will be held on Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

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