Chairman Philip B. French (left) presenting Award to then RotoPrecision ent Michael French. (Circa 1972)
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Press Release

RotoPrecision Marks with Sadness the Passing of Philip B. French,
Original Founder of the Company (1910-2007)

May 02, 2007

Mississauga, Ontario: With sadness, RotoPrecision Inc. would like to acknowledge the recent passing of Philip B. French on April 12, 2007 at the Rosedale Retirement Centre in Brockville, Ontario.

As an original founder of RotoPrecision Inc., Philip French was a salesman at heart and a true pioneer within the Canadian bearing and distribution industries. Following his graduation from Mechanical Engineering at McGill University in 1934, Phil began his career as a Sales Engineer at SKF (Canada) Ltd. He covered an extensive sales territory in which he visited virtually every engineering company in Montreal by streetcar and most of the mines, shipyards and mills from Newfoundland to Manitoba by train (long before the days of the company car). He even sold the bearings and rode in Armand Bombardier’s first snowmobile back in the 1930s.

In 1958, Philip created Philip French Sales. The enterprise was extremely successful from the outset and expanded quickly to locations across Canada including Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. In 1980, the company formally changed its name to RotoPrecision Inc. and has continued to grow both nationally and globally through expansion and strategic acquisitions. The company will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2008.

Philip served as President of RotoPrecision for many years until his retirement in 1972 and then remained as an active advisor following that time. He is predeceased by his wife Marian and survived by his three children Michael, Susan and Trish.  

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