Wayne A. Cederholm II, chief executive officer of C.R. England who helped grow the carrier from an $18 million firm to a $1.5 billion organization, died Tuesday from complications of a bone marrow transplant.
Cederholm, 57, was a 33-year veteran of the company who also served as the company's chief operating officer and senior vice president of North America during his climb to the top. As the company's previous vice president of safety and personnel, he was particularly proud of C.R. England's three consecutive grand trophy safety awards, according to a company press release.
In a statement, Dean England, president of C.R. England, paid tribute to Cederholm's strength, which carried him through his career.
"His determination was incredible," England said. "Now he is free from the challenges he has faced for the last eight months. He faced this with the same class and strength he always displayed with every challenge he faced during his long career with our company. We will miss him beyond measure. He left a mark on this organization that will be imprinted forever. In spite of our sorrow, we honor him and pay tribute to a life well lived."
Cederholm is survived by his wife, Peeches, and three children.
An online memorial has been set up at www.starksfuneral.com
. - Jon Ross