Cowichan labour boss dead at 67

Veteran woodworker, union boss, forestry politician, negotiator and family man Roger Stanyer lost his battle with cancer Dec. 29.

Roger Stanyer (second from left) is flanked by Bill Routley

Roger Stanyer (second from left) is flanked by Bill Routley

Veteran woodworker, union boss, forestry politician, negotiator and family man Roger Stanyer lost his battle with cancer Dec. 29.

He was 67.

IWA leaders remembered Stanyer as the workers’ friend, and a tactician with timber-firm brass.

Son Ryan, described him as a gentle role model.

“My dad was my hero. He’s the reason I went into the forest industry and followed in his footsteps,” the log broker said.

“He was a man of few words who could be gruff, but he was a big softie with the biggest heart in the world.”

That virtue helped at contract talks.

“Dad always bargained on behalf of the workingman, but he had friends on both sides.”

Legendary IWA boss, Jack Munro, agreed.

“Roger was a remarkable person,” he said of golfer and cowboy-music fan Stanyer, who headed Cowichan’s IWA Local 1-80 from 1976 to 1990.

“First and foremost, Roger was a logger who understood how complicated (the industry) can be.

“Roger was really connected to the workers, and was a great spokesman.

“Later, I appointed him vice-president of IWA Canada, and he excelled at it during a tough 1986 strike that ran for 107 days across B.C.”

Cowichan MLA, and former 1-80 boss, Bill Routley remembered Stanyer’s patience that earned Duncan timber-baron Herb Doman’s support in ‘86.

“Roger was the voice of reason at the table.

‘Things got quite interesting but he stood his ground. When in doubt, Roger always said, ‘Put it to a (member) ballot.’”

Stanyer was raised in Caycuse’s Camp Six, served as IWA’s national president, B.C.’s assistant-deputy minister of forests, deputy-minister of labour, and CEO of Forest Renewal B.C.

Stanyer always maintained an innate sense of forestry issues among workers and employers, Munro noted.

Routley concurred with Munro

“He said,’We have only one thing to offer our membership: integrity.’”

Stanyer’s celebration of life was Jan. 7, 1 p.m. at Duncan’s Travelodge Silver Bridge Inn.


Just Posted

A new laundromat is opening in the Peters Centre in Lake Cowichan. (file photo)
Peters Centre getting all cleaned up

Laundromat being developed at the Neva Road site

Robert's column
Robert Barron column: Skyrocketing house prices a tragedy

North Cowichan councillor Rosalie Sawrie brought an interesting perspective to a discussion… Continue reading

Soaker hoses laid down over corn seedlings, soon to be covered with mulch, will see to the watering needs of the bed through any summer drought. (Mary Lowther photo)
Mary Lowther column: Investing in soaker hoses is money well-spent

No-till gardening has a distinct advantage during drought

Karl McPherson, left, and Mary Morrice are the new head coach and general manager, respectively, at the Duncan Dynamics Gymnastics Club. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Manager charts a new course for Duncan Dynamics

More recreational programs to join competitive teams

Cute but fierce! Timber moonlights as an attack kitty. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Sarah Simpson Column: Beware of Mr. Bite, the midnight attacker

Last week, in the middle of the night, I was awoken by… Continue reading

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

Most Read