Industry deaths -- Foster McCarl Jr. and Marvin J. Boede.

Foster McCarl Jr.,
Founder, McCarl's Inc.

Foster McCarl Jr., 83, founder of mechanical contracting firm McCarl’s Inc., died Jan. 24 in Chippewa, Pa. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, McCarl used a $4,200 GI loan to start McCarl’s Plumbing & Heating Co. in 1946. He was active in the MCA of Western Pennsylvania, and was president of the national MCAA organization in 1993. He also took the lead in establishing the Mechanical Contracting Foundation, which, several years ago, created the Foster McCarl Jr. Philanthropy Award.

He is survived by his wife, Muriel McCarl; sons F. James, Brian, Kevin and Shawn; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. The family has requested memorial donations be made to the McGuire Memorial Home (of which McCarl was one of the founders), 2119 Mercer Rd., New Brighton, PA 15066; or to the Chippewa United Methodist Church’s Music Department, 2545 Darlington Rd., Beaver Falls, PA 15010.

Marvin J. Boede,
UA General President Emeritus

Marvin J. Boede, 78, general president emeritus of the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefit-ters and Sprinklerfitters, died Jan. 17 in Rockville, Md. He served in Europe with the Army’s 11th Airborne Division. After World War II, he attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering before joining Pipefitters Local Union 601, where he completed his apprenticeship. During his years as an active member of the trade union movement, he was a member of the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department Governing Board.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Madeline; one son, Michael; two daughters, Patricia Anclam and Jennifer Boede Hartman; and four grandchildren.