NAPCA founder Bert Irish dies.

Position::National Association Of Pipe Coating Applicators - National Association of Pipe Coating Applicators - Obituary

The plant-applied pipe coating industry--and the entire pipeline industry--became poorer on Nov. 19, 2002, due to the loss of L.B. (Bert) Irish who died at age 75 at his home in Shreveport, LA.

According to NAPCA Managing Director and General Counsel Merritt B. Chastain, Jr., Bert was the moving force behind the formation of NAPCA in 1965. Mr. Chastain says it is improbable a trade association dedicated to the betterment of the plant pipe coating business would ever have been formed were it not for Bert's effective efforts.

Bert was the first president of NAPCA in 1965, and, shortly thereafter, he became the Association's first managing director. He held that post until 1979 when Mr. Chastain assumed the position.

Bert was born on June 1, 1927, in Joaquin, TX. He served during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps and graduated from LSU in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He founded Irish Pipe Coating, Inc. in 1954 in Shreveport. Mr. Chastain says Bert retired as a young man in 1966, but returned to the industry in 1971 and served as one of its leaders until he sold his business and retired again in 1989.

For his leadership, NAPCA honored Bert with its Hall of Fame Award, the highest honor the Association can bestow.

The industry extends respectful, profound sympathies to Bert's wife of more than 50 years--Bette Watson Irish--of Shreveport; his son, LB. (Lyn) Irish, Jr., of Shreveport; his daughter, Linda Irish Bostic of Jupiter, FL; his brother, Jack R. Irish, and sister-in-law, Millicent, and two grandchildren. Leadership is an Irish family trait. Lyn Irish served NAPCA as president in 1986.

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