Death of GGF veteran John Weir
John Weir, a veteran of the Glass & Glazing Federation who was instrumental in developing its earliest technical standards, has died, aged 79 after a long illness.
As the Federation’s first Standards Committee Secretary, John was a pioneer of its Technical Department and helped develop many of the early standards in the industry, including harmonising the standards within the European Union.
John was involved in the Federation’s technical set up From its beginnings in 1977. He was Technical Secretary while his wife Rosemary was Membership Secretary, involved in the negotiations which brought the four associations of Glass Benders, Safety Glass, Insulating Glass and Flat Glass together to form the Glass and Glazing Federation.
Colleagues said he drove forward industry standards, but also helped develop the Federation into the credible face for all matters technical and by doing so enabled technical and legislative discussions at local, national and international governmental level.
Director of Technical Affairs Steve Rice led the tributes, saying: “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.”
Standards Committee Chairman Brian Waldron added: “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 in a nursing home in Hailsham since March 2017. Ian Chisholm, former GGF Deputy Chief Executive, who visited him there earlier this year, 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.”