Felix Crespo


Past President
Santiago Iglesias Educational Society

Felix Crespo was born in Puerto Rico on January 2, 1924. He was a first generation Local #3 member and was initiated into Local Union #3 on January 1, 1946. Felix attended Junior High School at P.S. #148 and graduated from Irving High School in Brooklyn. He attended Hato Rey University in Puerto Rico. He also attended Cornell University where he received his Labor Liberal Arts Degree and later attended Empire State College where he received his Associates Degree in Labor Studies.

In 1969, Felix was designated by the I.B.E.W. on the recommendation of Harry Van Arsdale Jr. to head a Committee to organize 500 employees at the R.C.A. plant in Juncos, Puerto Rico, where he successfully organizing the RCA employees into the first I.B.E.W. Local in Puerto Rico, Local Union #2296. Felix Crespo was appointed Business Representative of Local Union #3, PAL Division in March of 1971. Felix also served as a trustee on the Pension Committee and as Chairman of The Annuity Plan. In 1978, he served as a Delegate to the N.Y.C. Central Labor Council. Felix was part of the 1972 Study Tour to Mexico to create a better understanding and to build a relationship with our neighboring country. In 1974, he took part in the first study tour of the I.L.O. Headquarters in Switzerland and the I.L.O. international Center for Advanced Technical and Vocational Training in Turin, Italy.

In 1958 Felix helped found The Santiago Iglesias Educational Society. Felix Crespo served as the Society’s President from 1971 to 1976 and was honored at the S.I.E.S. Dinner Dance in October of 1985 for his years of service to the Society. After attending the New York Credit Union League where he completed several courses Felix helped found the Santiago Iglesias Credit Union and later served as its president from 1971 to 1974. He was also a member of The Hispanic Labor Committee and The Puerto Rican Civil Rights Organization. He has received awards from the Fiesta Folklorica of Puerto Rico, Educational and Cultural Trust and the State of New York Department of Labor.

Brother Crespo passed away on November 20, 2009. He is survived by his  3 children. His son; Joseph and daughters; Maria and Marilyn.

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