WAKEFIELD, R.I. – Martin A. “Marty” Zawatsky died April 1. (September 10, 1929 to April 1, 2019). A resident of Wakefield, he spent many years in Longboat Key, Florida. Born Sept. 10, 1929, he was a son of Sarah and Julius Zawatsky of Providence. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Hope Pritsker Zawatsky, three sons, Jay, Paul and Marc, eight grandsons, two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Leona Spilka.
Marty attended Hope High School in the 1940s and served as a radio operator (and interservice boxer) in the USAF after WWII. He returned to Rhode Island in the late 1940s, operated Z. Zawatsky and Sons Glass Company in the 1950s and early 1960s, after which he served, for over 30 years, as the president and CEO of Shoor-Elias Glass Company (later SEGCO, Inc.) as well as Northeast Glass and Aluminum in New Hampshire.
Marty was an innovator in the architectural glazing and aluminum industry who authored a number of technical articles published in industry journals and who built SEGCO into the 28th largest contract glazing firm in the United States.
Marty served as president of the Providence Country Day School Parents Association in 1970–71, member of the Barrington School Building Committee for the high school and served for several years, as a volunteer marine guide for the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Longboat Key.
Contributions may be made to the Congregation Beth David, 102 Kingstown Road, Narragansett, RI 02882