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In Memoriam: Remembering the Industry Brothers and Sisters Lost in 2013

In Memoriam: Remembering the Industry Brothers and Sisters Lost in 2013

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    Kevin Mulvey,inventor and former head of Miami Filter, has died at age 57.
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    Ellen Friedman,a well-known and respected spa professional in Northern California, died June 8, 2013
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    Long time industry memberDavid Scheidemandied is September 2013 just weeks before he planned to move his pool supply store to a larger location.
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    Ed Gibbs Sr.,a pool industry pioneer in the Canadian market and a popular figure among his peers across the border as well, died Oct. 17 of complications from surgery.
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    Robert Dixon

    Industry veteranRobert Dixonof Glen Falls, N.Y., died June 29 at age 55.
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    Marjorie Peterson,founder of Mama Pete’s Nursery School, died June 9.
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    Family and friends pay tribute toPhillip M. Rivers,president and co-owner of Northeast-based Surfside Pool Company, who died September 7.
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    James Shanni,whose career in the pool industry spanned nearly a half-century, died March 30 at age 70.
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    Longtime local pool contractor and Stamford, Conn. resident Russell Pintodied April 7. He was 45
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    The pool industry  mourned the loss ofRichard W. Haggerty, Jr.of Stamford, Conn. The longtime pool professional had owned R.W Haggerty Pool since 1956.
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    Steve Woit

    Remembering the hearth and fireplace industry pioneerDaniel Shimek.
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    Celebrating vinyl-liner industry pioneerJoe Schmerler.
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    Marguerite Ballantine

    Ed Otero,the former president/CEO of Palm Springs, Calif.-based Aqua Sun Ozon,e was known for his honesty and integrity and had an infectious spirit that was apparent in his professional and personal life.
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    Industry pioneerLarry Gelhausdied Nov. 18. He was 79.
The pool and spa industry sadly bid farewell to a number of its "family" members in 2013. Here, we honor them and take a look back at the lives of those we lost this past year.