APWU Mourns Bob Tunstall
APWU Web News Article #30-06, May 12, 2006
Retired APWU Secretary-Treasurer Robert L. Tunstall died May 12 at his home in Oregon. Mr. Tunstall, who had diabetes, was 64.
“It is with sorrow and deep regret that we acknowledge the passing of our friend and fellow officer, Bob Tunstall,” said APWU President William Burrus. “We have been notified by his family that at approximately 11 a.m. today, Brother Tunstall departed this life; he now lives on in our memories.
“Each human being is unique, but Bob will hold a special place in our memories. His wit and charm were legendary; he never failed to amuse and inspire us. The American Postal Workers Union and the many thousands of postal employees we represent have been enriched in many ways through their association with Bob.
“The APWU, its executive board and council, its employees and staff, all salute you and wish you Godspeed! Thank you Bob, for being, and thanks for sharing. We shall miss you!”
Bob Tunstall’s service with the APWU began in 1963 at the Portland (OR) Post Office, when he was “fresh out of the Marine Corps.”
“My first postal assignment was as a distribution clerk,” he wrote after he announced his retirement. “I also worked as a stamp supply clerk, bulk mail clerk, postage due clerk, box section clerk, and pouch rack clerk.”
In 1974, Mr. Tunstall was elected president of the Portland Area Local. He also held elected positions as national representative (1976-1978), national vice president/business agent for the Seattle Region (1978-1985), assistant director, Clerk Division (1985 to 1992), and director, Clerk Division (1992-1998). In 1998 and again in 2001, he was elected secretary-treasurer. He retired in early 2004.
Mr. Tunstall is survived by his wife of 42 years, Rae Ann Tunstall, son Brett Tunstall, daughter Brooke Payne, father Harold C. Tunstall, brothers Ron and James Tunstall, grandson Matthew Martinez and granddaughter Leah Payne.
Memorial Service May 20
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cosa Colima Restaurant, 6319 SW Capital Highway, Portland, OR 97239.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Tunstall’s memory to Adventist Health Hospice, 5835 NE 122nd Avenue, Suite 135, Portland, OR 97230.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the Tunstall family at: 9225 Southeast Kingswood Way, Gresham, OR 97080.