Volume 11, Issue 6 - November/December 2009

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Thomas Lee Jr. of Lee & Cates Passes Away
Thomas D. Lee Jr., former president of Lee & Cates Glass Inc. in Jacksonville, Fla., passed away on September 7. He was 85.

Lee was born in Forest Park, Ga., on December 5, 1923. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and attended Carson Newman College and Stetson University. After serving in the Navy during World War II he returned home to run his family’s business, Lee & Cates Glass Inc. He retired at the age of 80 after serving as president and chair of the board of the company.

Lee was active within the glass industry, having participated in several industry associations, including the Florida Glass Dealers Association, of which he was a founding member. During his time in the industry he was recognized for his contributions to both the glass industry and his community at large.

Lee is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Sheridan Lee; six children, Sheri Braddy, Claudia Baggs, Becky Hall, Thomas Lee III, Donna Gardner and Amy Gurre; twelve grandchildren; five great grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Padgett of St. Augustine, Fla., Myra Lueders of Jacksonville and Billiejo Mauldin of Alachua, Fla.

Virginia Auto Glass Shop Owner Passes Away
Joseph Edward Medeiros II, the owner and operator of Glass Savers in Spotsylvania, Va., passed away on Wednesday, September 16. He was 52.
Medeiros is survived by his wife, Gail; daughter, Krystal; son, Jesse; his mother, Erma Medeiros; sisters Paula Rollow, Lyda Pitman and Virginia Medeiros; four nieces and four nephews; five brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

NSG President Stuart Chambers to Step Down
Stuart Chambers, who served as president, chief executive officer (CEO) and representative executive director for Nippon Sheet Glass (NSG) Group, recently stepped down from his position, effective September 30. He will assume the role of senior advisor to the company’s board as of that date.

Katsuji Fujimoto, chair of NSG Group, took over as president and CEO and representative executive director and is now responsible for managing the operations of the NSG Group. Yozo Izuhara, chair of the board, has assumed the role of non-executive chairman of the NSG Group. These appointments will remain in place as long as is necessary for the company to put in place a long-term succession, according to the statement from NSG.

Cyr to Retire From National Glass Association
Leo Cyr, vice president of auto glass for the National Glass Association (NGA), recently announced he’ll be retiring at the end of this year. His last day will be December 31, and the auto glass work of the association will move to the industry service department, led by David Walker.

Cyr has been part of the glass industry since the early 1980s when he first came to work for the NGA as its director of membership. He subsequently worked for a number of glass-related companies, including Novus, before returning to the NGA a few years ago.


Doug Herron, chief financial officer for Safelite Auto Glass, was recognized recently with an honorable mention in Columbus Business First’s CFO of the Year contest.

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