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Electronics industry loses two mainstays


Canada’s electronics industry has lost two industry supply chain mainstays, past and present.
Al Deskin, head of Deskin Sales into the 1990’s passed away on September 6, 2016. Deskin Sales was formed as a manufacturer’s representative in his basement in 1958. Over the next 36 years Deskin grew the business into a vibrant, diversified company and into one of Canada’s premier stocking distributor of electronic and cable television components. Deskin was a major supplier to the cable television industry having supplied cable to wire many Canadian cities. Deskin had eight offices including four warehouses across the country employing more than 120 people.
Alvin Deskin was beloved husband of Betty. Loving father and father-in-law of Steven and Brenda Deskin and their children, Michael and Noah, and Nancy Deskin, Sean Teperman and their children, Alexandra and Justin. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Sydney, and the late Sandra Witsotski, the late Mina Leibowitz, Beverly and the late Murray Deskin, and Mariette and the late Nathan Kerdman.

In addition, BC-based Mode Electronics president Ted Marble passed on August 28, 2016. He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon, children Leah (Victor) and Trevor (Susanne) and beloved grandchildren Chase, Parker, Elle, Cole and Devin. Ted was owner and president of Mode Electronics for 29 years. He and Sharon enjoyed many wonderful trips. Ted’s love of cars let him to rebuild a 1927 Willys Knight which was his pride and joy.