Industry Veteran Haag Passes Away

John A. "Jack" Haag of the SGS Tool Company was ASMMA president in 1995.

Long-time industry veteran John A. "Jack" Haag of SGS Tool Company passed away on April 8 following a brief struggle with cancer.

He was a president of the American Supply and Machinery Manufacturers Association (ASMMA) in 1995, a forerunner to the Industrial Supply Association (ISA). He was 80 years old.

Born and raised in Akron, Ohio's North Hill neighborhood, Haag attended St. Martha's grade school and St. Vincent's High School. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force and subsequently attended and graduated from Kent State University with a degree in business. After a series of jobs that took him from Akron to Grand Rapids, Mich., he eventually established SGS Tool Company, now the largest family-owned carbide cutting tool company in the United States with business dealings in over 35 countries.

"Jack had a unique combination of genuine talent, quiet humility, discrete generosity, and passionate determination to succeed. He was a devoted and loyal son, father, husband, coach, and friend, and a respected leader in the community. He was also a baseball fanatic and passionate Indians fan. His gracious smile, infectious laugh, and steadfast leadership will be missed by all," according to a family statement.

He is survived by wife, Mary Ann (Scafidi); daughter, Kathleen Edwards (Tom); sons, James (Debbie), Thomas (Toni), John, Joseph (Dena), and Edward (Yun Wen) and his beloved 15 grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to:

Jack and Ann Haag Scholarship Fund
St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
15 N. Maple Street
Akron, OH 44303

The Bill Ricco Legacy Fund
Walsh Jesuit High School
4550 Wyoga Lake Rd.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44224

'Help-A-Child' Fund
St. Joseph School
215 Falls Avenue
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221