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September 29, 2022IM -
Former AFM President Victor Fuentealba turned 100 years old on September 1. A lifetime resident of Baltimore, Fuentealba has been a member of Local 40-543 (Baltimore, MD) for 81 years. He held leadership roles at both the local and national level, serving as International Federation President from 1978 to 1987.
More than 125 friends, family, and guests gathered to celebrate on September 10,
at Baltimore’s Calvert Hall College High School, where Fuentealba graduated in 1940. At the event Fuentealba was recognized for his contributions to his community and for his service to veterans’ organizations. He was honored with citations from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the Maryland State Senate, Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr., and Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott.
Music for the party was provided by Local 40-543 members Robert and Mary Boguslaw, Tom Baldwin, Matt Belzer, and Frank Russo. Former AFM President Tom Lee, also in attendance, delivered a heart-felt tribute to Fuentealba and performed a couple of numbers with the group.
Recognized for service to the union and for his volunteer work, Fuentealba is greatly admired by his family, which includes four daughters and sons-in-law, 12 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. On her father’s longevity and being able to celebrate such a milestone, his daughter Mary Lee Jenkins says, “We know we’re lucky to have him.”