21-Year Member Was Outstanding Organizer, Loving Husband and Father
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 /CNW/ -- The Teamsters Union is saddened by the loss
of Organizer Dan Dengel who passed away last night, a victim of an apparent
heart attack. Dengel was widely viewed as a steadfast and hardworking trade
unionist that was universally respected by those he worked with and organized.
Dengel, a native of Canada, began his career with the Teamsters Union as
a member of Local 337 in Detroit in 1986, transferring to Local 299 the same
year when he took a job as a trade show worker at Cobo Hall.
A natural leader, Dengel was hired by Joint Council 43 as a fulltime
organizer in 1998. In 2002, Dengel also began working for the International
Port Division, coordinating outreach to port drivers in Chicago, Detroit and
"He was the type of guy that would give you the shirt off his back," said
Larry Brennan, President of Detroit's Joint Council 43. "He had the ability to
talk to anyone and did very well as an organizer for us."
As successful as he was as a union representative, Dengel was perhaps
even more admired as a family man. In 2001, Dengel married Barbara Jo Crancer,
granddaughter of James R. Hoffa and niece of James P. Hoffa, at the
International Convention. Barbara Jo gave birth to their son Bobby in 2002.
"I had never seen Barbara Jo happier than when she got married to Danny
and when they had Bobby," Hoffa said. "Danny was a loving and caring husband
and parent and I was proud to welcome him into our family. He will be missed."
Dengel leaves behind his wife Barbara Jo and 5-year-old son Bobby.
For further information:
For further information: Galen Munroe of Teamsters, +1-202-624-6904,
GMunroe@teamster.org Web Site: http://www.teamster.org