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OXO Founder Sam Farber Passes

In a statement on its Facebook page, OXO has reported that on Sunday, June 16, Sam Farber, founder of OXO, passed away. He was 88.

Yesterday, OXO posted the following statement on its Facebook page: “On Sunday, June 16, 2013, the visionary entrepreneur behind OXO, Sam Farber, passed away at the age of 88. Sam saw an opportunity to provide comfortable tools that would be easy to use for the widest spectrum of users, changing the relationship people everywhere have with ordinary household products. His inquisitive nature and refusal to accept the status quo continue to inspire our product development today.

His family has told us he considers what he achieved with OXO to be his greatest legacy. We are so humbled and inspired by this to continue his legacy through our work at OXO. We hope he will be proud of what we have accomplished and will continue to strive towards.

It is because of Sam that we here at OXO are able to come to work each day, energized in knowing we are improving the lives of people everywhere. We are indebted to his vision for making everyday living easier. He was a mentor and friend to many of us here and he will be missed, but never forgotten.”

In a separate statement today, Sam’s wife, Betsey Farber, said, “As some of you may have heard, Sam Farber died unexpectedly on Sunday morning. We are all shocked and saddened. We will probably plan a memorial service for him this autumn, possibly at the American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square, New York, NY 10023). If you feel like remembering him with a donation, that is where it should go. He was a special person, and we will all miss him.”