The Western roofing industry lost one of its long-standing patriarchs with the passing of Jerry Chalupnik of Phoenix, Arizona. He passed away peacefully from a prolonged illness in March 2020 at the age of 85. Born October 28, 1934, he moved to Long Beach, California, in 1945 and became a commercial fisherman at the age of 12, helping his father run the family business. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a degree in marketing, Chalupnik and his wife, Nancy, moved back to Long Beach, where he took a job with Johns Manville. A promotion moved Chalupnik to San Diego, California, but he ultimately settled in Phoenix, Arizona. He worked for Johns Manville for 30 years as the Arizona territory sales representative, retiring in 1986.
Soon after retirement, he started JC Chalupnik & Associates Inc., representing numerous roofing related products, partnering with his son until retiring in 2015. During his years with Johns Manville and thereafter, Chalupnik participated actively throughout Arizona, contributing time and treasure supporting the Arizona Roofing Contractors Association, Producers Council, CSI, and Arizona Insulation Contractors Association. He cherished his time as a member attending NRCA and WSRCA conventions for decades, always grateful for the time he spent with fellow roofing professionals while remaining friends with so many of his past clients until his death.
“My dad left my family this priceless legacy, as well as an enduring gratitude for the roofing industry,” said Tony Chalupnik, principle, Chalupnik Sales Group LLC, San Diego. “Our company continues into the third generation with an appreciation for the wonderful people in this business.” Chalupnik’s contributions to the local roofing industry will be remembered in the state of Arizona, especially with all the contractors, distributors, building owners, and roofing specifiers of which he touched for almost 60 years.
Together, Chalupnik and his wife of 65 years raised four children, have nine grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. Services are being postponed due to the nationwide quarantine and will be announced at a future date. Please add your own story or memory about Chalupnik at www.dignitymemorial.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kate Fannin Chapel in Glendale, Arizona, or his home parish of Sts. Simon and Jude Cathedral of Phoenix.