June 20th, 1984 – A tragic fall of ground occurred in the Falconbridge Mine at 10:12am, taking the lives of four brothers:

·            Sulo Korpela,

·            Richard Chenier,

·            Daniel Lavallee &

·            Wayne St. Michel


On June 20th, 1985 Mine Mill Local 598 held the first Workers’ Memorial Day Service in honour of the four brothers who lost their lives on this date in 1984. The Service was held in Bell Park and was attended by the immediate families, local and Government officials, Legions, Lions, members of the various Police forces as well as numerous representatives from many Unions.

2007 Workers Memorial Day

Pictures courtesy of George Markic