PLSN — December 2011
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In Memoriam

Figueroa Jr., 30

ARTESIA, CA — Andrew Figueroa, Jr., 30, a lighting tech/ lighting director who started his career at age 16, died after a Nov. 27 car accident. Figueroa’s credits included Rage Against the Machine, Rob Zombie, The Black Crowes, Rockstar Supernova, A Perfect Circle, The Crystal Method, and many other tours, events and corporate shows. He had also worked with Delicate Productions, Obie’s Lighting Production, RK Diversified Entertainment, U.S. Audio and Lighting, L.A. Stagecall and many other shops. Known as “Andy Fig Jr.,” he is the son of lighting programmer/director Andrew Figueroa, Sr. Shortly after the accident, industry members were raising funds for funeral expenses. Donations can be sent via PayPal by referencing the email address, production@andyfig. com.

Craig Dains, 26

BERLIN, NJ — Craig Dains, 26, an account executive at The Healy Group, a representative of American DJ, Elation Professional, Acclaim Lighting and other brands, died Nov. 13 from complications of heart disease.

Deans is survived by Melissa J. Clements and the couple’s baby son, Craig B. Dains, Jr., who is expected to be born in March 2012. Dains is also survived by his parents (and step-parents) Kathy Watson (Gerry) and Charles B. Dains, Sr. (Michelle), and siblings Charlene B. Dains, Cindi Amari-Phillips, Chazz Amari, Katie Short, Doug Watson and Lauren Watson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to the Craig Brian Dains Jr. Scholarship Fund c/o Costantino Funeral Home, 231 W. White Horse Pike Berlin, NJ 08009.

Marvin Gelman, 84

WESTPORT, CT — Marvin Gelman, founder of Lighting Services Inc. (LSI), an architectural lighting products manufacturer, died Nov. 29 of complications from cancer. He was 84. Gelman, who retired from LSI in 2000, is credited for many advances in track, accent and display lighting.

A native New Yorker, Gelman’s career in lighting spanned 60 years. After serving in the Navy and attending New York University and Columbia, he began work as a lighting director at NBC headquarters in New York. He served as lighting director for The Tonight Show starring Steve Allen and other programs.

Gelman founded LSI in 1958 and served as president of the company until his retirement in 2000. Along with track, accent and display lighting, LSI is known for fiber optic lighting systems. The company’s products are featured in museums, retail stores, theme parks, casinos, restaurants and houses of worship around the world.
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