Industry mourns longtime manufacturer’s rep

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Marine industry veteran Frederick Gottschalk, of Nokomis, Fla., died Dec. 2. He was 80.

Gottschalk was vice president of sales at Vita Plate Distribution in Port Clinton, Ohio, before joining forces in 1977 with Norm Saum to form SG and Associates, a manufacturer’s representative firm in the marine, hardware and sporting goods industries.

In 1983, Jim Loughman joined the team to form SGL & Associates, which later became SGL Sales and Marketing. Gottschalk retired in December 1995.

He was a member of the Venice Presbyterian Church and the Fraternal Order of the Elks.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Susan Frederick Gottschalk; daughters Deborah Campbell, Patricia Shaffer-Gottschalk and Julie Joy; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Tidewell Hospice, 220 Wexford Blvd., Venice, FL 34293 or the charity of your choice.

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