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Obituary: Red Valve Founder Spiros Raftis

Thursday, June 2, 2011  
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Former VMA Board member Spiros Raftis passed away on Wednesday. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Anastasia; his three children, George, Cynthia and Chris; grandchildren George, Michael, Alaina, Anastasia, Constance and Christiana Raftis; and brother Eugenia Dakis.

In 1953, Raftis founded Red Valve (Carnegie, PA), a former VMA member company. He holds 36 U.S. and International patents, primarily for products in the water and wastewater industry.

One of his sons, George S. Raftis II, a former CEO and president of Red Valve, is still active in the industry and heads up Mid-Atlantic Valve and Equipment, where grandson George Raftis III serves as sales manager.

We extend our condolences to the entire Raftis family. For more about Mr. Raftis’ life and good works, and to find out where to send memorial contributions, click here.

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