Wayne Topel, regional vice president – hard surfaces at Shaw, passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer, the Chicago Floorcovering Association (CFA) announced. Wayne was a long-time veteran of the flooring industry.
Topel started his career in 1987 at Philadelphia Carpet as a territory manager. He left Philadelphia to go to Tuftex as a territory manager until an opportunity opened up at Beaulieu for a regional manager position. He thrived in that role at Beaulieu for nine years. He came full circle when he was hired back at Shaw in 2002 as regional vice resident – hard surface until present.
“Wayne was dedicated to our industry and found solace in his work throughout his illness,” the CFA said in a statement. “All who knew him know how strong-willed and courageous he was fighting this battle. Our condolences go out to his family, wife Robyn and children Abby, Josh, Ivey and Griffin and grandson Blake. Wayne will be truly missed.”
A private funeral will be held this week, and Topel’s wife will have a celebration of his life/memorial sometime next year.