Arthur E. Coia, a retired general secretary-treasurer
of the Laborers International Union of North America, died Thursday
[03-04-93] in Providence, R.I. He was 79.
A union statement said his death followed
a long illness.
A native of Providence, Mr. Coia started
working in construction at 20 and was first elected to office
in 1936 at the union's Local 271 in Providence. Named an international
representative in 1954, he organized workers throughout New England.
In 1969, he became manager of the New England
and eastern Canada region. He was elected general secretary-treasurer,
the second-highest position in the union, 10 years later.
He was best known for his efforts in education
and training for construction workers. On his retirement in 1989
the 500,000-member union recognized his work by establishing a
scholarship fund in his name and granting him emeritus status.
Mr. Coia is survived by his wife, Marie;
his son, Arthur A. of Barrington, R.I., and Washington, and two