In Memoriam

Remembering two professionals from our industry

August “Augie” Sunnen, 96, of Chatham, Ontario, died April 25 at Meadow Park Nursing Home in Chatham.

Mr. Sunnen was the proud owner of Sunnen Products Ltd., of St. Louis, also operating the Canadian division, Guspro Inc., which was established in 1932 and distributed and manufactured Sunnen honing products for over 50 years, including machines, abrasives, and tooling. Guspro remains the distributor of Sunnen Products in Canada, but now has three additional divisions: Blademaster, an ice skate care company; Ice King, which makes ice scraping machines used in the sport of curling; and most notably Bayco, designers and manufacturers of burnout ovens for the electric motor rewinds and cleaning. Mr. Sunnen was also the executive vice president of Sunnen from 1975-1980. The long-standing family business is now operated now by his son Paul, with grandsons Brian and Steve.

A veteran who served overseas with the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant j.g. during the Second World War, Mr. Sunnen had been recognized for his community service by the Governor-General, was a long-time member of St. Andrew’s United Church, and had received a 35-year service award from the Rotary Club of Chatham. He served on the board of both the YMCA and the CKHA. He and his wife Marian were married for 75 years.

Sam Stamson, 64, of Cumru Twp., Penn., died May 1 in Reading Hospital, Reading, Penn., where he was born.

Mr. Stamson was a highly regarded employee at ECS (Electric Coil Services) of Temple, PA—last serving as vice president of sales—since beginning there in 1996. ECS is a manufacturer of replacement coils. The company’s products are designed primarily for heavy industrial applications, HVAC and mechanical systems. Founded in 1951, it also has extensive experience in supplying replacement coils for all types of elevators. Jeff Tantum, a fellow ECS employee, told EA “it’s definitely not the same around here without him” via email.

Mr. Stamson was a 1971 graduate of Muhlenberg Twp. High School and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. He was a jazz guitarist who loved music. He also loved the nearby sports teams—the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies—and classic cars. He was the beloved husband of Cynthia (Clausius), with whom he would have celebrated 30 years of marriage on May 9.

 

 

 

 

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