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USGNN Original StoryPeter Hurd, Owner and Operator of North American Glass Distributors, Passes Away

Peter Wing Hurd, 56, who served as owner and operator of North American Glass Distributors in Dallas, died Wednesday, July 23, 2008. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 8, 2008 at Mountlawn Memorial Park in North Wilkesboro, N.C.

Born August 5, 1951, Mr. Hurd was born in Portland, Maine, and was a graduate of Freeport High School and the University of Maine in Orono. He worked as an athletic trainer at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H.

Mr. Hurd's experience in the glass industry began when he joined his father-in-law, Don T. Culler, then president of Gardner Mirror Corp. (today Gardner Glass Products), at the North Wilkesboro, N.C.-based company. Mr. Hurd later became branch manager at Gardner Mirror Corp. in Arlington, Texas. He also previously served as the president of SEVASA USA.

John Myers, senior vice president of DreamWalls at Gardner Glass Products, worked closely with Mr. Hurd early in his career.

"He was an integral part of growing the Gardner Glass distribution business," says Myers.

Mr. Hurd is survived by his wife, Donna Culler Hurd of Dallas, whose grandfather Edd Gardner founded Gardner Mirror Corp. He is also survived by his mother, Mary E. Hurd of Topsham, Maine; three brothers, Timothy Hurd and wife, Suzanne of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Christopher Hurd and wife, Kathryn of Bryant Pond, Maine, David Hurd and wife, Mary of Freeport, Maine; four nephews; two nieces.

Memorials may be made to the Wes Jordan Athletic Training Education Complex at the University of Maine, C/O Office of University Development, 101 College Avenue, Orono, Maine 04473, The Wilkes County Art Gallery, 913 C Street, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659, or to Paws in the City, 3506 Cedar Springs, Dallas, TX 75219.

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