Lumber and building material industry veteran Michel E. Dowling, 68, of Marana, Arizona, died unexpectedly at his home. The cause of death was congestive heart failure.
Born in Rhode Island, Dowling entered the WT Grant’s organization’s management training program after college. He served as a hard goods buyer, remaining in that position until the Grant store's demise in 1976.
Joining Emco Enterprises, he advanced to become the company’s executive VP and national sales manager with his primary focus on the promotion and sale of the Emco Forever Door as well as other Emco building products; he served in that capacity until his retirement.
He is survived by his wife Liane (Ludwig) of 46 years; two daughters, Liane White and Gretchen Manzo of Arizona; two sons, Michael E. Dowling Jr. and his wife Jill of Illinois, Brian Dowling of Arizona; and grandchildren, Cameron, Finnegan, Michele and Madison.
He also is survived by sisters, Ann Rita Petelle and Jean Carey, both of Massachusetts, and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Emco is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Andersen Corp.