W. James Reider, founding father of Triple S, died peacefully on Saturday, March 8. He was 89 years old.

Mr. Reider served on the ISSA Board as vice president in 1957, as president in 1958, and as past president in 1959. He served on the ISSA Foundation Board from 1991-93.

Mr. Reider had a long and distinguished career in the cleaning industry and was one of the industry’s greatest pioneers. He was the former owner of the George T. Johnson Co., one of the largest jansan distributors in New England. As the “founding father” of Triple S, Mr. Reider served in many capacities, including as the company’s first president, chairman of the board, board director, and chairman emeritus. In 1982, Triple S honored Mr. Reider with the establishment of the W. James Reider Award. The creation of this award recognized his leadership, loyalty, and dedication to the organization.

Mr. Reider leaves behind his beloved wife, Ruth; sons Curtis and Robert; and many grandchildren. His son, the late James A. Reider, preceded him in death in August 2007.