Volume 10, Issue 2 - March/April 2008
Fiegel, who has been running for about three years and has participated in several marathons, says he was excited to have the opportunity to run in the triathlon. He says he only learned of the event about three weeks before it occurred—but trains so often anyway that it was no problem for him to prepare.
“Well, I am kind of in constant training mode,” Fiegel says. “I’m training now for a fall marathon.” Fiegel was in London for five days for the event, and the team placed 32nd out of 52 teams.
“It was a great experience. I can’t wait until next year,” Fiegel says.
Ehrlich, who bicycled 40 kilometers in the competition, says this was his first competition of this sort.
“We got kind of late notice, but we made it,” he says. Ehrlich already was an avid athlete, but hadn’t focused on cycling before.
“I did the bike leg, and as far as biking, I just started doing that right as I found out I was to go.” As for this year, he hopes to return—but expects the competition to be a bit steeper within the company.
Either way, though, he expects the 2008 team to have a strong showing.
“Next year we’ll win,” Ehrlich says. Ward had also participated in triathlons before, but not of this scale, he says. In the Belron event, he participated in the cycling portion.
Ward says, “Luckily, I was already kind of in shape, so I kept doing my daily routine, and I just had to get ready for the bike portion.”
And is Ward returning next year?
“I definitely plan to register for a couple more [events] in the States and go back next year and do [the Belron triathlon] again as well.”
“He was a true professional and a great friend,” says Don Friese, CRL chief executive officer. “He contributed so much to this company. He was one of the most talented people ever to be a part of CRL. He will be deeply missed by all of us.”Audette is survived by his wife, Ramona, and three children.
PPG Auto Glass Employee Killed in Accident
A statement issued by PPG says company officials are in contact with the Washington Township Police and are reaching out to Kocian’s family to provide assistance as needed.
“PPG will conduct an investigation into the cause of the accident and will cooperate with local law enforcement officials,” reads the statement. “The thoughts and prayers of all of PPG’s employees are with the Kocian family as they seek to cope with this tragic loss.”
Kocian is survived by a daughter, Merry K. Kocian, and a son, Michael Kocian, both of Columbia, S.C., and two brothers, Richard Kocian of McDonald, Pa., and Kenneth Kocian of Pittsburgh.
Bell’s Glass Owner Passes Away
Bell is survived by his wife, Linda Bell; son, James L. Bell Jr. and his wife, Tina, of Fort Mill, S.C.; a daughter, Michelle Songer and her husband, Kevin, both of Sissonville; a brother, John A. Bell of Charleston; a sister, Sandra J. Turner of Sissonville; and several grandchildren. Bell was cremated, as was his wish, and a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to HospiceCare, 1143 Dunbar Ave., Dunbar, W.Va., 25064.
Harlingen Glass Founder Gonzales Passes Away
Gonzales, who retired from Harlingen in 2001, died of a heart attack at the age of 76. He is survived by two daughters, Sandra Tovar and Jerry Ingles, and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dora, who died earlier this year.
“We owe Claudio a great deal of thanks for his efforts to help build the TGA,” says Ray Soliz of Harlingen Glass Co., who also serves as a TGA board member and has known Gonzales since 1986. “He was very influential—he was a mentor.” Soliz and Gonzales founded two companies during their time working together, Custom Glass and Coastal Glass.
Techna Glass Employee Killed in Car Accident
Techna Glass has set up a fund to help Chacon’s family through this difficult period, the Deymor Chacon Donation Account. If you wish to contribute to the account, call Zions Bank at 800/974-8800 or mail donations to the Techna Glass corporate headquarters at 460 W. 9000 S., Sandy, Utah, 84070.