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Ink Industry Mourns Winfried Gleue

By David Savastano, Ink World Editor | 02.04.11

Winfried Gleue, the former president and CEO of Hostmann-Steinberg Ltd., died Jan. 29, 2011 at William Osler Hospital in Brampton after a fall. He was 66.

Mr. Gleue was born Dec. 26, 1944. He started his printing ink career in Germany in 1962. He immigrated to Canada in 1980 to start Hostmann-Steinberg’s first ink facility on this side of the Atlantic. Mr. Gleue created a strong presence for his company throughout the U.S. and Canada, and was respected for the technical innovations he brought to ink manufacturing.

“Winfried was one of the main driving forces that put Hostmann-Steinberg on the map here in North America,” said Mark Wilson, sales and marketing director, Hostmann-Steinberg Limited. “It’s a very sad day for the ink industry that one of the biggest characters is no longer with us. So early into his retirement years, he will be dearly missed by his family, friends, colleagues and customers alike.”

Mr. Gleue was highly honored in the ink industry. He served as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) for nine years, as well as president and vice president of the Canadian Printing Ink Manufacturer’s Association. In 2009, Mr. Gleue received NAPIM’s Ault Award, the most prestigious honor in the North American ink industry. He was honored with NAPIM’s Printing Ink Pioneer Award in 2005.

“Winfried was a wonderful guy and a gentleman,” said James Coleman, NAPIM’s executive director.

“Winfried was a kind, dedicated man with enormous knowledge of our industry,” said Vivy DaCosta, Hostmann-Steinberg Ltd.s vice president finance and adminisration, who worked with Mr. Gleue for 30 years. “This was evident when we was awarded the highest honor the industry could give him with the Ault Award. He will be sorely missed by all those whom he touched in one way or another.”

Mr. Gleue is survived by his wife, Jutta; two daughters, Anja Richard and Katrina Christos; and five grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held Feb. 4 at Christ the King-Dietrich Bonhoeffer Lutheran Church, Thornhill, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to William Osler Health Centre Cardiac Rehabilitation Program or Endowment Fund.