Harold Marshall Nix Jr., founder of Coating Technologies USA, died May 2 after a long battle with cancer. He was 57.
The inventor of Bristol Finish High Performance Wood Coatings started formulating Bristol Finish in the late 1980s when he couldn't find a wood coating for his sailboat that could withstand the Florida sun.
"Through many months of trial and error and years of fine-tuning, he finally developed what has become known as a top-of-the-line premium wood coating in both the marine and architectural industries," the company said in a statement.
"Marshall was a hard-working businessman, a lifelong Christian, a dedicated husband, a 'fine, fine son,' a brother and a loving father," the company added.
Nix was laid to rest May 7.
He is survived by his wife, Marcella; daughter, Samantha; mother, Hilda; sister, Elizabeth; son-in-law, Shaw; and grandson, Shane.