Brian Weldrick

July 31st, 2012, Published in Uncategorised articles

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Brian Weldrick, a past president and life member of the ECA(SA), on Sunday, 24 June 2012 in Port Elizabeth, after a battle against cancer.

Born on 23 March 1931, Brian grew up in an orphanage in PE and qualified as an electrician after having served his apprenticeship at Hubert Davies. He became a director of Smith and Weldrick, and this company joined the Port Elizabeth branch of the ECA in the early 1960s.

Brian would later be elected as chairman of the PE branch and serve in this capacity as a delegate on the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ECA for many years. He was elected president of the ECA and served his two year term between 1974 and 1976.

He served the ECA Training Committee in Port Elizabeth for many years, was involved in the establishment of the Electrical Contracting Industries Training Board in 1991, and served as chairman of the Board in the late 1990s.

He also played an important role in the formation of the Electrical Contracting Board (ECB) of South Africa, together with Tony McDonald, and served as moderator for trade testing in the trade Electrician (Construction) in Port Elizabeth since 1993, until his illness forced him to give up this passion in his life.

The ECA(SA) bestowed on him life membership in recognition of his contribution to the electrical industry of South Africa. Brian was awarded the Diploma in Electrical Contracting Management by the ECB.

Brian worked tirelessly to build the membership base of the ECA, and his efforts were finally rewarded in 2009 when the jurisdiction of employers in the electrical industry was granted to the Electrical Bargaining Council by the Labour Court.

He owned RBL Electrical until his death, and his last major project involved the electrical installation at the Port Alfred Hospital.

Brian and his wife, Eileen lived on the farm “Volhou” in Thornhill, just outside Port Elizabeth. His memorial service was held at the St John The Baptist Anglican Church in Port Elizabeth followed by a private family burial. The ECA (SA) extends its deepest sympathy to his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren on their loss.

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