Patrick H. Arnold, Marine Industry “Peddler”, Passes Away at 77
Spradling International, Inc.
August 30, 2013
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Patrick H. Arnold passed away peacefully on August 26, 2013 after a brief illness. He was 77. Born in Hamilton OH, he graduated from Miami University in Miami, OH. Arnold, a career “peddler”, made his mark in the marine industry early on. Arnold sold vinyl to contract furniture manufacturers before seeing an opportunity in the marine market, and in 1974 became the driving force behind the Marine Specialties Group, a division of G&T Industries. Under his direction, MSG became the single largest soft surface supplier to the marine industry, with several locations throughout the eastern United States. Arnold was known for his unapologetic love of being a “peddler”, which was the title he used on his business cards his entire career. Patrick impacted the marine industry in many ways, both on a business level and on a personal level. He was an innovator in his thinking, having no fear of new and creative ideas, which followed through in his product designs and service level developments. He proudly served his country from 1956 until 1960 as a member of the US Army, which was a cornerstone of who he was as a man. His service was so important to him, he made sure his “combat” boots were passed down to the next generation, along with his steadfast work ethics. He was a visionary, always with a plan. As Patrick was fond of saying, even a bad plan is better than no plan. Many business associates will remember fishing the Amazon with Patrick, an exciting diversion organized by Patrick for many years. Arnold was an avid tennis player throughout his life, and as a youth claimed the state championship in Ohio. He made his home in Merritt Island, FL after living in Grand Rapids, MI for many years.