Marcel Trepanier, founder and former president of Luigi Bormioli’s U.S. subsidiary, died at his home in Southern Pines, NC, on September 6, 2015, at the age of 68.
Trepanier was passionate about his career in glassware, noted a family obituary. He worked for different glassware companies early in his career before being hired by Luigi Bormioli Corp., serving as president of the Italian glassware company’s U.S. operation for 29 years.
“Marcel was a great leader and an inspirational teacher. He guided the company with a unique blend of charisma and energy that allowed his passion to flow through all aspects of the business,” said Michael Duncan, president, Luigi Bormioli.
“He created and nurtured a culture in Luigi Bormioli Corporation built for success on a foundation of hard work, honesty and integrity. To all who worked under his leadership, he was more than a co-worker and a friend, he was the head of our LBC family,” Duncan added.
“Marcel had an unparalleled knowledge and understanding of the glass industry. He was a pioneer and brought an Italian brand to North America. Successfully! All the while, he created an enviable, positive environment for his employees to work in and grow. He was a gentleman,and a man of few, but strong words. To listen to Marcel was equal to being in a master’s class. He was a real industry great,” said Laurie Burns, svp/director, Forty One Madison.
Trepanier was born on April 24, 1947 in Chandler, Quebec. He met his wife of 47 years, Francoise, in Quebec City. Later he and his family moved to the U.S. and became naturalized citizens.
He was predeceased by his parents Edward and Dorothee Trepanier. In addition to his wife, he is also survived by a daughter, Valerie.
A “Celebration of Life” memorial ceremony will be held on October 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Forest Creek Country Club in NC.