In Memorium: John Zebryk of SPI International Committee Dies

June 26, 2012

John R. Zebryk died March 21, 2012, at his home.

He was born in South Hadley, Massachusetts, moving to Sebastian, Florida in 2008 from Agawam, Mass.

He graduated from Williams College, where he received All New England and Little All American football honors, with a degree in economics.

He was a Korean War veteran, serving with the Army Corps of Engineers in Germany.

He retired in 1993 after 35 years working various managerial positions in all divisions of Package Machinery Co.

One of the first 200 in the U.S. to receive professional accreditation as Certified Administrative Manager, he is a past director of the West Mass. International Trade Association Soc.; past chair of the International Division of the SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association; and served on the U.S. Department of Commerce Industry Sector Advisory Committee.

He was a vice president of the Agawam Historical Association, a president of Beekman's Condominium Board of Managers and served at Agawam's Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

He was a Eucharistic minister and team-taught fifth grade CCD at St. John the Evangelist.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Sasha Zebryk; sons, Jay Zebryk of Southbridge, Mass., and Tad Zebryk of Fairhope, Alaska; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA/Hospice Foundation, 1110 25th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

Services: Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. March 29 at Seawinds Funeral Home in Sebastian. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. March 20 at St. Sebastian Church in Sebastian. A guestbook is available here.

Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly one million American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at and

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