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Industry veteran Ed Berkowitz passes away


January 12, 2016
By GANA

Jan. 12, 2016 – Edwin J. “Ed” Berkowitz, Chairman of the Board of JE Berkowitz, died on Friday January 8, 2016. The Glass Association of North America mourns the passing of Ed Berkowitz, a leader and veteran of the glass and glazing industry.

Ed Berkowitz served as a past Chairman of the Flat Glass Marketing Association, a predecessor association integral to the formation of the Glass Association of North America (GANA).
 
“When I reflect on all the wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in the glass industry, I count Ed Berkowitz among my favorites, for so many reasons.  He was a great businessman and sharp as a tack.  But it was his generosity of spirit and his sense of humor that I’ll always remember and treasure,” reflects John Dwyer, Syracuse Glass Company.  “He made a big impression on me early in my career at our GANA Northeast Roundtable meetings, always welcoming, curious, willing to listen and share his thoughts and advice – with a style that was all his own! So sorry for your loss, Arthur, Lisa, Barbara, all the Berkowitz family and everyone at JE Berkowitz.”
 
Ed Berkowitz served in the navy during World War II and was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he majored in Economics. He also earned his law degree at Temple University. Upon graduating, he began employment at J.E. Berkowitz under the mentorship of his father and after a few years began running the company. (Rogers, E. (2007, May). As Said by Ed: Ed Berkowitz, Chairman of J.E. Berkowitz, Talks Candidly with USGlass Magazine about the Past, Present and Future of Both his Company and the Industry USGlass)
 
In 1986 Ed Berkowitz passed the title of President and CEO of J.E. Berkowitz to his son Arthur Berkowitz. Sharing a passion for contributing to the industry, Arthur Berkowitz has been and continues to be highly involved in GANA activities. Arthur Berkowitz is a past president of the GANA and Centric Board of Directors and was the initial chairperson of the GANA Insulting Division when it was founded in 2003.
 
“On behalf of GANA members and staff, our sincere condolences and prayers go out to all the Berkowitz family,” shares Bill Yanek, GANA Executive Vice President. “Ed Berkowitz was a giant in the industry and his legacy continues with his son Arthur. Ed’s leadership and impact won’t be forgotten.”
 
Relatives and friends are invited to Services Tuesday 10:30 A.M. Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Rd., Penn Valley, PA 19072. Int. Roosevelt Memorial Park. The family will return to the late residence. Contributions in his memory may be made to Crossroads Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice .

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