Auto glass industry's Neil Smith passes away
Neil Smith, 66, of Portland, died Friday, June 17, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Neil was one of the founders of Western Windshields, a West Coast auto glass distribution business, before selling to PPG Industries in 1992. He then moved on to another opportunity as one of the founders of GlasPro/Elite Auto Glass before it was sold to Belron in 2005. He was currently working, along with his partners, on a joint venture with Guardian Industries to manage and grow the retail auto glass business of Guardian. Neil also was a past president and board member of the National Glass Association.
Memorial contributions may be made to Doernbecher Children's Hospital or the OSU Foundation for the OSU College of Business and sent in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. S.W., Albany, OR 97321, www.fisherfuneralhome.com.