It is with sadness that TCATA reports on the passing of the following members in our industry:
George Graves of G.S. Manufacturing in Kingston, Ontario. He and his wife Susan co-founded the company in 1985. The international manufacturing operation designs and produces laundry carts for the institutional, health care, and hospitality laundry industry. Company reins have since been passed down to his daughter, Cathy Ballow and his brother, Arthur Graves.
Described as adventurous, playful and generous; a doting father and irrepressibly indulging grandfather, Graves was a tender-hearted man whose greatest joys include his wife, nature and friends and family. He will be missed by many.
Graves is survived by his wife Sue, his children, Cathy (Cory), Laurie (Andrew), and Peter (Danuta), his grandchildren Tia, Logan, Adam, Eli, and nieces, nephews and siblings.
Jim Isberg, technical service manager for R.R. Street & Co. passed away on March 30, 2018, at his home in Albany, Georgia, surrounded by his family.
A native of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Isberg had over 45 years of experience in the drycleaning industry and, during that long tenure, made a significant impact, helping to educate hundreds of cleaners. First introduced to the drycleaning industry in the mid-60s, Isberg served various roles in the industry. For over 15 years he owned a successful drycleaning plant that he designed and built on Main Street in Alberta, Canada.
Jim worked as a distributor salesman, served as chief instructor at Michigan Laundry and Cleaners school, and became a well-known consultant to the industry. Isberg literally wrote the book on drycleaning; his book Drycleaning 101, first published in 1989, is still in publication and is widely known in the industry as "the answer book".
What some in the industry may not know about Jim was that he was past director of the Alberta Quarter Horse Association and, at one point in his life, was active on the rodeo circuit, riding bulls and bareback horses, calf roping, and team roping, and even winning the All-Around Cowboy Championship in 1967 at a local rodeo.
Isberg and his wife Sharon were married 35 years. He is survived by his seven children and 13 grandchildren. Contributions in his name can be made to the Humanitarian Aid Fund or to the Fast Fund at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2700 Westgate Blvd., Albany, Ga., 31707.
Tyrus (Ty) Raymond Acton Sr., 89, passed away on April 26. Acton began his laundry industry career working for Morris and Eckels. He joined Tingue, Brown & Co. in 1962 as a sales representative. Later, he became a regional manager before retiring in 1995.
After college in 1949, Acton played professional baseball as a left-handed pitcher before entering the laundry industry. Born in Birmingham, AL, he and his four brothers grew up on a dairy farm.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Katherine, who passed away in February. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Martha; three children and seven grandchildren. One of Acton’s sons, also named Ty Acton, is now president of Tingue.
Mr. Alfonse Lage. of Columbia / ILSA recently passed away. Mr Lage was 87 years old. He leaves behind, his wife Carmela, son John and his wife Robin, his daughter Michelle and her husband Richard, brother Joseph. His loving grandchildren Christina, Jacqueline, John Jr. and Jordan, and great grandchild Warren.
Donations to United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County Inc. 380 Washington Ave., Roosevelt NY 11575-1899 will be appreciated by the family.