Clive Tregaskiss, from the 2001 Tregaskiss Ltd. Business Plan.
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Clive Tregaskiss, 1954 – 2019Clive Tregaskiss, a “visionary” and esteemed local businessman, who helped grow Tregaskiss Welding Products into an industry leader, will be remembered for his generosity, teamwork, and innovation.“Clive was a visionary in every sense of the word,” said Karen Hutt, who worked as Tregaskiss’s executive assistant for 13 years. “He had an innate ability to see the potential in all things — business, architecture, people. He knew what could be torn out, changed, and rebuilt into something phenomenal — and I’ve seen him do that over and over and over again.”Tregaskiss passed away Saturday at age 64, almost two years after he was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2017. Born Dec. 27, 1954, the father of three to Stacy Tregaskiss, Sarah Tregaskiss, and Dana Grenier, he “lived his life right up until the end,” Hutt said. Tregaskiss served as president and CEO of Tregaskiss Welding Products in Tecumseh, a leading manufacturer of MIG (metal inert gas) welding guns and related material. He and his brother John co-owned and grew the company started by their father, William. The family eventually sold the company to ITW Welding group in 2007 to pursue other business ventures and focus on family.“Together they made it an industry leader in the welding community — everyone knew Tregaskiss Welding Products,” Hutt said. “I think even that the company post-closing continues to be a successful leader in the industry and continues to operate locally speaks volumes to what he and his brother built.”Tregaskiss had a number of business ventures after stepping back from the company including Tough Customs Bike Company, a downtown restaurant Junk Pan-Asian Grill, Drive Logistics which was sold and now operates as Titanium Logistics, and he eventually brought business to Costa Rica where had a residence and factoring company.
The management team at Tregaskiss Ltd. Pictured L-R, Clive Tregaskiss, Joe Shaheen, Ken Pratt and Bob Campbell.
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“As a businessman, Clive would be the first person to say he never did anything on his own. He surrounded himself with talented people and always embodied teamwork,” said Hutt. “No idea was a bad idea — I must have heard him tell me that 1,000 times and always allowed for creativity and risk and it would always amaze me where we would end up.”Along with his business endeavours, Tregaskiss was actively involved in the community, having quietly contributed to a number of local causes and organizations including Brentwood Recovery Home, the Downtown Mission, and Hospice of Windsor.“Clive’s generosity over the years has undoubtedly left an impact on so many lives — his friends, family, employees, and so many local causes,” Hutt said. “That impact will not be forgotten.”Visitation will take place Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Families First, 3260 Dougall Ave., the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday also at Families First.email@example.com