The entire Dangerous Goods community lost a dear friend last week when former Labelmaster National Sales Manager Abe Samuels passed away at age 98.
“Abe touched everyone who met him in a remarkable way. From the devotion he had to his family, to the collegial relationships to which he dedicated himself — and the industry he helped build – everyone gravitated to him for his leadership, his intellect, and his sense of humor. For me, I have lost a friend. Abe guided and advised me through thick and thin, whenever I needed help, he was always there. While I am sorry he is gone, I will not forget what he meant to us all.” – Alan Schoen, President, Labelmaster
Samuels joined Labelmaster in 1976, and became best-known for developing the now-ubiquitous Spacemaster® flip placard system. 1976 was also the first year hazmat placards were required on American trucks, and carriers needed a way to include all their required legends in one device. Samuels drew upon his prior background in tool and die work to solve their challenge with the Spacemaster.
But that was only the beginning of a wondrous 40-year career at Labelmaster. He said he was able to work so long because he “took a lot of vacation time, went fishing and loved my job.” By the time Abe retired in 2016—at age 95—his constant travels and one-on-one interactions had made him one of the recognized and beloved figures in the global Dangerous Goods community.
“I had the privilege of working alongside Abe for 23 years. He was a mentor, best friend, father figure and much more to me. The lessons I learned in business and life were countless. I am thankful for all the great memories I have of the time we shared together.” – Mike Kelly, Director of Sales Operations, Labelmaster
We love and miss Abe, and we know we’re not alone. If you have a fond Abe Samuels memory, please share it in the comment box below.
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