Former National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) Chairman of the Board William T. Fort Jr., former owner of NRCA member Fort Roofing and Sheet Metal Works Inc., Sumter, South Carolina, passed away Jan. 14 following a short battle with liver cancer. He was 78.
Fort graduated from Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1960. He served in the U.S. Air National Guard and returned to Sumter in 1962 to run the family business, Fort Roofing and Sheet Metal Works, which he successfully operated until his retirement in 2005.
He served as NRCA chairman of the board from 1989-1990 and also served on the National Roofing Foundation Steering Committee from 1996-1998. He is a former member of Sumter County Council; former president of the Carolinas Roofing and Sheet Metal Association; former member of IPTAY Board of Directors; former member of the Sumter Rotary Club; and former member of the Mt. Vernon Coffee Club. He also served as a deacon in the First Presbyterian Church, Sumter, and most recently was a member of Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, Clemson.
He is survived by his wife, Martha; his sons William Thomas Fort III (Kim) of Sumter, Jefferson DuBose (Suzanne) of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and Andrew Carr (Heather) of Roswell, Georgia; and five grandchildren, DuBose, Craig, Carlie, Mary Bostic and Andrew.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.