Joseph Martin McCloskey
Born: September 1, 1929 (Dungiven, Northern Ireland)
Died: February 23, 2014 (Oshawa, Ontario)
Member: Whitby (Ont.) Sports Hall of Fame (2002)
Born in Northern Ireland, Joe McCloskey grew up in Kirkland Lake, Ont., where he learned to play hockey. After moving south, he played junior hockey in the Detroit red Wings system, skating for the junior-C team based in Whitby, Ont., winning a championship in 1946. After two seasons, he was promoted to the junior-B squad.
In 1948-49, McCloskey played for the Windsor (Ont.) Spitfires of the Continental League, before joining his brother, Pat, on the Collingwood (Ont.) Shipbuilders. The McCloskey brothers were inducted into the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
McCloskey was a union activist throughout his working life, serving on the executive board of Local 222 of the United Auto Workers.
He was later elected to the national executive board of the Canadian Auto Workers after the Canadian section of the UAW split to form its own union.