Rod DuChemin died on Friday, May 14, 2021, at the age of 81, after a brief battle with cancer. He breathed his last in the arms of his love, Beth. Rod grew up in Marathon, Ohio and was part of Clermont Northeastern’s first class in 1958.
Fourth generation bricklayer, mentor and friend of many, Rod leaves a legacy of lived commitment to his profession and to the union sisters and brothers he cared so deeply about. 66-year-old Gold Card member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Craftsmen (BAC), at 16, Rod began his apprenticeship under contract with AP Eveland & Son, BAC Local 22-OH. He then joined LAC Local 31-FL, as the first Apprenticeship Coordinator. A post of Deputy Director of the AFL-CIO Human Resources Development Institute brought Rod to Washington, DC. He was then Assistant to John Flynn, then Executive Vice President of BAC, National Director of Training then Deputy Director of BAC International Masonry Institute (IMI) and the Job Corps Program, before becoming Director of Labor Relations for the AFL- CIO Housing Investment Trust, where he served for 27 years. Pilot, motorcycle racer, diver, art lover and traveler, Rod has faced life and death with humor and courage, always loyal to those he loved, including his boxer Rix.
Born in Hamilton County, OH, Rod was predeceased by his parents, William A. and Lucille (née Haskell) DuChemin. He is survived by his wife Beth Brent of Harpers Ferry, WV, his son Ryan Whittemore, his brother Paul DuChemin of Batavia, his sister-in-law Joanne DuChemin and his niece Meghan Davis and his children Zoe and Eli.