Alfred “Fred” Jayson, Bendheim’s second-generation owner and son-in-law of founders Sem and Margaret Bendheim, passed away on December 8, 2021. He was 100 years old.

Jayson assumed management of the company in 1965, and his sons, Robert, Donald and Steven, have been running the business since the mid-1970s.

“It was natural… I realized that, although I still felt fully capable to run the organization, it was time to pass the reins to younger people who had new ideas and youthful strength,” he had once said about transferring management responsibilities to his sons. “Each one of my sons has distinct qualities. They each bring something into the business, a unique thought process, which is a great part of our strength.”

Bendheim was founded in 1927 as an importer and distributor of colored art glass, and Jayson had remembered them fondly.

Over the last six decades, Jayson had seen the company grow from 15 employees to over 100. According to the company, he also witnessed the establishment of vertically integrated glass fabrication facilities in New Jersey and a glass Design Lab in New York City.



  1. I was first introduced to Bendheim in the mid-seventies and remember fondly Mr. Jayson who gave me credit to buy stained glass supplies with trust and respect. It was our first start in a beautiful field of light and color.
    His sons were always good, respectful men with a business that showed me the beauty of a fascinating world of Art. The boys always had time to speak with you about your concerns whether that be of the supply of glass and products relating to the industry or information about where the glass was made and how it was made.
    I am still in the business and I know there will never be another Bendheim where you were always able to get what you needed at reasonable prices and great service.
    This is a family run business that has evolved with time and integrity. I am sorry for your loss.

  2. Fred Jayson was a special business owner that is rarely seen today. He set a high standard for service and support in the stained glass industry that he instilled in his sons who now run S.A. Bendheim. People like Mr. Jayson are hard to come by. It was my privilege to have known him. My condolences to the family.

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