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Industry pioneer David Shaldoff passes

Industry veteran David Shaldoff passed away at the age of 90.
Industry veteran David Shaldoff passed away at the age of 90.

The Canadian pool industry lost a veteran this month with the passing of David Shaldoff. He was 90.

Shaldoff died on Jan. 19 following a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was the founder of 7-11 Pool Products, a manufacturer based in Georgetown, Ont., that is currently managed by his second- and third-generation family members. He was also a founding member of the Canadian pool and spa association.

Shaldoff’s substantial career in the aquatics industry began after he designed, built, and installed a pool in his own backyard using the knowledge he picked up while working at the John Wood Company.

Throughout his career, Shaldoff pioneered many design-build trends, including the development of the three-tread inground ladder, as well as the rotationally moulded sand filter. Further, his leadership helped 7-11 Pool Metalfab become one of the first one-stop shop companies to offer complete inground pool kits, and allowed 7-11 Pool Distributors to be among the first manufacturers to offer custom liners in three days.

Shaldoff is survived by his daughters Michelle, Heather, Rhonda and, Kristina.

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  1. I remember Dave as a pioneer in the swimming pool industry, servicing his company’s account as a field sales representative for Jacuzzi Canada Ltd, back in the early 70’s. Dave left behind a legacy of efficient and profitable manufacturing know how while promoting and developing a large dealer network for the sale and installation of his steel wall/vinyl liner swimming pools. It’s difficult to loose anyone however, Dave was very successful both as a business and family man, and surviving 90 years in itself is another accomplishment. May he Rest In Peace.

  2. Dave was both a friend and a major supplier when I started Pioneer Pools. I always remember how he would relieve stress riding around the factory floor in the fork lift truck.
    Dave was a good person and family man as well as a business man who worked hard to build a major size pool company from scratch. I always admired his drive to succeed.

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