On January 11, 2003, Jay R. Smith's George Flegel died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 77.
On Saturday, January 11, 2003, George Flegel died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 77. Flegel was an engineering consultant for Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co. and a long time industry supporter and pioneer, with more than 46 years of engineering and consulting experience. During his career, he obtained a number of patents issued for plumbing and drainage products that are still in use today. Flegel was a recent recipient of the 2002 ASME International Award for Lengthy and Meritorious Service. Flegel also gave freely of his time and worked not for himself but in hopes of seeing others and the industry prosper.