Edward Fennell Jr., former well-known vice president at Bartelstone Glass and a member of the Glass Hall of Fame™, died on Thursday, Dec. 8, in Boynton Beach, Fla., at the age of 86. Robert Kent, CEO of Bartelstone Glass Distributors, Fennell’s employer for 27 years, says the influential “legend” passed peacefully with family, including his wife Ann, by his side.
Fennell was born on Nov. 28, 1936, in Syracuse, N.Y. He began his career in the auto glass industry with Thruway Glass in Syracuse before furthering his career in Long Island. Bartelstone Glass then employed him for 27 years, a run that saw him influence not only the company but the industry as a whole. Fennell was inducted into the Glass Hall of Fame™ in 1996.
“While at Bartelstone for 27 years, he got us into the computer age in the late 1980s. He spoke at many auto glass conferences and was also influential in the initial development of the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) New York State Glass Association,” says Kent. “If they needed a speech locally or nationally, Ed would be there to give it.”
While at national auto glass conferences, Kent says Fennell could always be found talking about the industry even after the day’s festivities concluded.
“He also had a passion for model trains and fishponds, which he loved talking about,” says Kent. “He was, for sure, a legend.”
“If it involved auto glass, it involved Ed,” said Deb Levy, publisher of AGRR magazine. “He was the auto glass industry’s proverbial teddy bear. He looked intimidating, but he had a very tender heart.”