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It was on a summer’s night back in 1908 that five tramway workers along with a longshoreman sat down at the Sons of Temperance Hall on Cornwallis Street and discussed joining a union. On July 8 of the same year, Local 508 of the Amalgamated Association of Street, Electric Railway and Motor Coach Employees of America was sanctioned, with the endorsement of the International Office located in Washington. We’ve been safely moving the residents of Halifax, Dartmouth and surrounding areas for 112 years.

In 1979 an amalgamation saw the Dartmouth Transit employees become Halifax Transit Corporation employees. In 1981 the Burnside garage became home to all operations and maintenance staff. It was the first time our full membership all worked under one roof. In 1994 our Local grew when Halifax Transit Ferry workers came into our family. Two short years later after the amalgamation of Halifax/Dartmouth, Access A Bus and Community Transit joined our membership. Local 508 represent all Halifax Transit Bus, Ferry, Maintenance, Receiver’s office and Access A Bus inside staff. The members of Local 508 are the economic engine that moves HRM and we take pride in delivering the largest public transit system east of Montreal.

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Shane Timothy O’Leary, aged 60 of Dartmouth, Shane OLearypassed away November 27, 2023 surrounded by family after his short, but courageous battle with cancer. 

Shane was born the youngest of 4 children on November 25, 1963 to Marie George and the late Roland Michael O’Leary. He was predeceased by his step-father Jean Paul Ayotte, and beloved nephew Davin Moxsom. He is survived by his mother, Marie George (Mervyn); brother, Michael O’Leary (Laurie); and sisters, Linda Moxsom-Skinner (Tom) and Dawn Wallace (Bob).

He reluctantly leaves behind the love of his life and wife, Shelley O’Leary; and their wonderful children whom he adored, Shayla Vandenhoven (Andrew), Pierre Poirier (Shelby), Meaghan O’Leary, Julie Weber (Eric), Emelie Poirier (Jordan), and Isabelle O’Leary; his beloved nieces and nephews, Roland O’Leary (Heather), Ryan Moxsom, Brenton Moxsom (Ashley), Alex Wallace, Katelin Gambino (Matt), and Stephanie Burke (Ryan); his treasured grandchildren, Lucie Poirier and Marcus Vandenhoven; along with those he had been eagerly waiting to meet, Tucker Vandenhoven; as well as his honorary daughters, Hsi Ting (Janet) Chiang and Rachel d’Armiento (Eddie) and her parents Pino and Annette d’Armiento; along with many other honorary daughters from years as an international student host; his many cherished friends that became family; and his sweet pets: Bailey, Charlie, and Sammy.

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