We are saddened to report the passing of Valve Repair Council member Gary Ostrowski, who died at the age of 59 at his home in Plymouth, surrounded by loved ones after a long fight against medullary thyroid carcinoma.
Gary was beloved among colleagues for his leadership by example, infectious passion, generous mentorship and meaningful personal connections he cultivated with his co-workers. For the past dozen years he worked at GE Oil & Gas (now Baker Hughes) as senior product manager of aftermarket. Earlier in his 30-year career, Gary was employed by Dresser-Masoneilan and at Dresser-Wayne, his first employer after graduating, where he received several patents for contributions to industrial pump design.
In 2018 Gary was named person of the year by his employer for continued exemplary work and perseverance despite his recent cancer diagnosis several months earlier. He was also the recipient of GE's CEO Award for development and launch of new Welcome Package Digital Tool and contributed numerous well-received articles to VALVE Magazine.
Gary studied industrial engineering at Pennsylvania State University, and never missed a chance to boast that he “bled blue and white,” the colors of his beloved Nittany Lions.
On March 23rd, Gary was laid to rest at the Puritan Cemetery in Plymouth, MA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, 803 State Road, Plymouth, MA 02360 or Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Plymouth, MA 02360.
Read Gary’s complete obituary here.