Salomon Maldonado

 

Past President
Santiago Iglesias Educational Society

Salomon Maldonado a native born son of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Sal served in the PR National Guard soon after he graduated HS in 1948.  He moved to NY in 1950 where he worked several jobs until he was initiated into Local Union #3 in August 1952. He was a member of the “ BA-E“ division and was employed by Pacific Switchboard Company where he worked for 28 years serving as an assistant foreman and then as a foreman. He used his skills as a draftsman to design the bus-ducts for the original World Trade Center.

Salomon was chairman of the “E” Division Loan Committee from 1973 to 1977 and in 1980 was appointed to the staff of the Combined Pension Funds which oversaw the benefits structure of Local #3s Manufacturing Division members.  It was during this time that Sol also earned his Associates Degree in Labor Studies from Empire State College in 1983.

Salomon was an active member within his division under the leadership of Lou Stien, Assistant Business Manager of Manufacturing. Some of the activities that he participated in were trips with the union leadership to support fellow workers in Texas, California, Florida and Puerto Rico. He helped organize the Annual Fiesta Folkorica in Central Park and the Annual Puerto Rican Commonwealth Day Celebration at the Electrical Industry Auditorium. Sal was one of the tour guides for Governor Rockefeller and Mayor Beam on their respective visits to Electchetser. He also served as one of the Guards of Honor for Pope John Paul II at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1979.

Sal had been an active member of the Santiago Iglesias Educational Society since the early 1960s and has served as its Vice President from 1975-76, President from 1977-78. Sal played a major role in establishment the Santiago Iglesias Ed. Society Credit Union which was created in 1967 and he went on to serve as President of the S.I.E.S Credit Union from 1977 to 79. Saloman was the S.I.E.S. Honoree at its Annual Dinner Dance in 1986. He retired in 1992 and became a proud member of the Local #3, Queens Chapter Retirees Club. A resident of the Electchester community for over 40 years, he also served as an Auxiliary Police officer from 1968-80.

In 1993 Salomon was presented with a Proclamation as an Outstanding Citizen by the State Senate of New York. He was especially proud of being recognized as a 50 year member of Local #3 in 2002 and as a 55 year member in 2007. Sal was also recognized by the “E” Division Loan Committee for his work on its behalf in 1976 and was especially proud of being recognized by the S.I.E.S. at their 50th Anniversary Dinner Dance in 2008.

Brother Salomon Maldonado passed away on May 10, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Aida, his sons Richard, Harry, Edgar; granddaughters Shantel and Natalie and great-granddaughter Jada Marie.

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