In Memorium

MARCA has again said good-bye to a few valued members and friends of the roofing industry. In November, Mike Barnaba, a founding partner of Roofing & Sustainable Systems, Inc, passed away at the young age of 54. Mike was a very active MARCA member, who many may have seen at our Crab Feast in September. Gene Zappacosta also passed away in November at the age of 85. He was an early member of ARCOM back as far as the early 1960's. And most recently, Stan Krupnik died on February 11th. Stan was a retired Army Lt. Colonel, working for several roofing companies before calling J & R Roofing his home. He will be buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery later this year.

 

Michael Thomas Barnaba – Saturday, April 30, 1960 to Friday, November 14, 2014.

 

Michael Thomas Barnaba passed away on November 14, 2014 at the young age of 54.  He was the beloved husband of Jane M. Barnaba (nee Sadowski); devoted father of Lauren M., Lindsey C, and Lisa M. Barnaba; loving son of S. Vincent and Patricia Ann Barnaba (nee Bitner); dear brother of Rick Barnaba and his wife Barbara, LuAnn Davis and her husband Kevin, Thomas Barnaba and his wife Karen, Brother-in law of Joan Grega and her husband Bruce and Chuck Sadowski and his wife Jackie.

 

After spending 15 years in the medical sales profession, Mike decided to make a career change in 1995 and he joined National Roofing Company in Baltimore, MD as a Project Manager.   Through dedication and hard work, he quickly moved up the ladder and ultimately became President of National Roofing in 2005.  In Mike’s tenure at National, he was involved in and oversaw many large scale, high profile Government and Commercial projects.  He was especially proud to have been a part of the Blue Tarp Contracts issued in response to Hurricane’s Charley, Francis, Jeanne, and Wilma, and the roof replacement of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

 

Mike again decided to make a career change in 2011 when he left National to be a partner in the start-up of Roofing and Sustainable Systems, Inc.  Starting a new company has its challenges, and Mike did not shy away, especially through difficult times including some pretty serious health issues.  Through all of it, Mike strived to make RSSI the best federal roofing contractor in the area.  He believed that a solid safety and quality control program would “let the record speak for itself” and set RSSi apart from its competition.  Unfortunately, his number was called shortly after RSSi had turned the start-up corner, but his legacy goes on and his vision remains strong at RSSi.

 

Throughout Mike’s career, he had an uncanny ability to think outside the box and go after contracts that most traditional roofing companies would shy away from.  Mike’s ability to estimate and negotiate Government roof maintenance Contracts could be matched by no other and he would never hesitate to travel halfway across the US to see the projects through and make sure the Owners were happy.  Mike was old school when it came to Contract negotiation, and believed a handshake actually meant something.  And that’s a rare thing in today’s industry.  Mike will certainly be missed, but not forgotten.  RIP Mike Barnaba.

 


 

Stanley Edward Krupnik – August 18th, 1940 – February 11, 2015

 

The Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel died in Florida on February 11th 2015. Stan was born in Conemaugh Pennsylvania, and was one of ten children.

 

When Stan retired from the military he went to work in the Roofing Business. He worked for several Roofing Companies before calling J & R Roofing home.

 

He and his wife Barbara decided to retire again, enjoy life and moved to Florida in 2008, where they lived behind the 3rd tee of a golf course, where Stan played every chance he had.
His life revolved around sports, in particular the BALTIMORE RAVENS FOOTBALL TEAM. They also loved to travel, driving the East Coast to Baltimore several times a year, visiting family and friends along the way.

 

Stan is survived by Barbara his wife of 35 years, six children, from his first marriage, 11 grandchildren, 5 great grand children as well as 7 brothers and sisters and many nieces and nephews.

 

The service was held in Florida and will be followed by a burial with full military honors in Arlington sometime in late summer or early fall.

 

Stan will be missed by many all along the East Coast.