Martin “Marty” Zawatsky

Martin “Marty” Zawatsky, former owner of multiple glass companies throughout New England, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2019. He was 89 years old. Zawatsky owned Shoor-Elias Glass (SEGCO) and Merit Glass in Rhode Island, as well as Northeast Glass and Aluminum with three locations in New Hampshire.

Zawatsky and his team grew SEGCO into the 28th largest contract glazing company in the U.S. (USGlass, April 1996) before selling his portfolio of glazing, fabrication and erection companies to Karas and Karas of Boston.

Zawatsky grew up in the glass business, installing storefront in the 30s, 40s and early 50s with his father. He was a third generation glazier who applied his field experience to solving complex building enclosure challenges. Zawatsky authored numerous technical articles and was a visionary within the architectural glass and metal industry, developing systems to pre-glaze, deliver, hoist and install ribbon window units with great efficiency. He designed a custom unitized pre-glazed curtainwall system that was installed in the Rhode Island Convention Center and developed many other jobsite safety and productivity enhancement innovations.

Additionally, Zawatsky was at the forefront of union/owner relations, finding common ground and developing positive long-term relationships with organized labor for the benefit of all, according to his obituary.

Zawatsky served the community in numerous philanthropic ventures but his passions were history, education and creating opportunity for generations that follow. He served on local building committees and was a volunteer marine guide for the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Longboat Key, Fla.

He was the son of Sarah and Julius Zawatsky of Providence, R.I., and is survived by his wife of 66 years, Hope Pritsker Zawatsky; their three sons, Jay, Paul and Marc; eight grandsons; two granddaughters and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Leona Spilka.

His funeral was held on April 7, 2019.  Zawatsky is remembered by his friends and business associates as a man of honesty, integrity and action. If someone needed a tough job done, Marty was the man on whom to call, according to his obituary.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to Congregation Beth David at 102 Kingston Road, Narragansett, RI 02882.

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