Staff, Members and former colleagues at the Glass and Glazing Federation were saddened to hear of the passing of former employee John Weir on Saturday 17 November.
As the GGF’s first Standards Committee Secretary, John was a stalwart of the Federation’s Technical Department who helped develop many of the early standards in the industry. In the late 1980s, he was instrumental in helping the UK to harmonise Standards within the European Union.
From the Federation’s earliest days in 1977, John was involved in the Technical setup as Technical Secretary while his wife Rosemary served as GGF Membership Secretary. Rosemary was involved in the negotiations which brought together the four Glazing Associations (Glass Benders, Safety Glass, Insulating Glass and Flat Glass) to form the Glass and Glazing Federation.
Not only did John drive forward industry standards, but he also helped develop the Federation to ensure it became the credible face for all matters technical. In doing so he enabled technical and legislative discussions at local, national and international Governmental level.
Steve Rice, GGF Director of Technical Affairs, led the tributes:
John was an incredibly knowledgeable, loyal and passionate person. He was pivotal in the co-ordination and production of “The GGF Glazing Manual” in late 1977. It was a landmark, the first significant technical publication the GGF ever launched. I was extremely sorry to hear this news and my thoughts are with his family at this time.
Brian Waldron, Chairman of the GGF Standards Committee:
It was very sad to hear of John’s passing and my sympathies go to his nearest and dearest. He contributed so much to the GGF and industry and those who knew him will never forget his commitment to raising the standards in our industry.
John had been ill for some time and in a nursing home in Hailsham since March 2017. Ian Chisholm (former GGF Deputy Chief Executive) visited John earlier this year and shared his memories:
It was good to see John this year and even though he was far from his old self, we enjoyed some precious moments when his old sense of humour would re-emerge. John was an important figure in not just the GGF’s history, but also that of the entire sector. My thoughts and sympathies are with Rosemary and the rest of the family.
John Agnew, GGF President:
I knew John for many years and admired his vast knowledge and passion for the glass and glazing industry. He was a true pioneer of the industry and advanced the GGF on many fronts. My sincere condolences go to all his family and friends at this difficult time.
John Weir was 79 years old and was married to Rosemary for 36 years. His funeral will take place on Thursday 6 December at 12.15pm at Eastbourne Crematorium.