DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Frank Zamboni (aged 87)
Frank Joseph Zamboni, Jr. (January 16, 1901 – July 27, 1988) was an American inventor and engineer, whose most famous invention is the modern ice resurfacer, with his surname being registered as a trademark for these resurfacers.
DEATH: He died of cardiac arrest at Long Beach Memorial Hospital in July 1988 at the age of 87, about two months after his wife’s death. He also had lung cancer. The Zamboni company has sold more than 10,000 units of its signature machine, the Zamboni Ice Resurfacer, commonly known as a “Zamboni.” The 10,000th machine was delivered to the Montreal Canadiens in April 2012 for use at the Bell Centre.The company is still owned and operated by the Zamboni family, including Frank’s son and grandson. His remains are buried at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach.