John C. Waszkiewicz III, 54, of New Hartford, N.Y., who was known for bringing the original plastic pink flamingo to New York, died Oct. 19 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.
He was president and owner of HMC International LLC, a Rome, N.Y., injection molding company that purchased the assets of Leominster, Mass.-based Union Products Inc. in May. That purchase included the original pink flamingo designed by Don Featherstone.
Waszkiewicz also was president and chief executive officer of Faster-Form Corp. of New Hartford, a supplier of floral, gift, decorative and point-of-purchase display items. Faster-Form was founded by Waszkiewicz's parents in 1948.
He was an active member of his community, serving eight years as a New Hartford town councilman, and he was on the board of directors of three local organizations.
Waszkiewicz was also a past president of the Greater Utica Area Catholic School Board.
The company did not provide the cause of death.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, two daughters and a son.