Edward Zyniecki was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he attended Marquette University.  He graduated in 1947 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.  Ed was also the president of his graduating class and his fraternity.

Mr. Zyniecki is a Polio survivor having contracted polio when he was only two years of age.  This did not keep him from leading a very full and rewarding career in HVAC.  He has had some problems associated with post polio syndrome in his later years, but still manages to get out and enjoy life.  He has a very positive attitude.

Ed started his working career with The Pick Co. where he was a sales & service engineer for large steam injection water heaters for about a year and a half.  He moved on to the JH Cummins Sales & Engineering Co. in Detroit where he was a sales engineer for several lines of HVAC equipment including Cleaver-Brooks boilers, deaerators, pumps, chillers, fin tube radiation, etc.  On December 18, 1953 he started with the JW Stevens Co. in Albany, NY where he worked as a sales engineer and then purchased the company in 1981 and retired from there on December 30, 1996.

The different challenges that were encountered on a daily basis in the HVAC business he found to be very interesting and rewarding.  He loved interacting with people when solving these challenges.  There was something new every day and he liked this aspect of the business.

He was introduced to ASHRAE by the Manager of Honeywell and enjoyed meeting the people in the industry, especially those he had not met before.  After attending meetings for years he was approached to serve in the executive committee for the chapter.  He accepted and went through the chairs and became the chapter president for the 1967-68 year.  Ed continued going to meetings after his year as president and he often flew to the ASHRAE Expo year after year.

At the December 2008 chapter meeting, Ed was honored and received his 50 Year Member certificate presented by Bill Gerstler the current chapter president.  He enjoyed the presentation and so did all the members in attendance.  He worked hard in the business and enjoyed bringing to his customers what he had to offer in the way of solutions for their problems.

Ed is married and has four sons and three daughters.  Two sons are in the boiler business where Ed spent many years.  In his spare time he loved to go fishing and with his pilot’s license, he often flew up to Canada to fish.  He is a Green Bay Packers fan and has gone back to Wisconsin on several occasions to watch and cheer for the Packers.  His wife is also a pilot and they would fly down to Florida where they had a place for several years. 

Ed loved the HVAC business and was very pleased to be a part of the industry for many years.  We wish him well.


Stan Westhoff

Northeast Chapter Historian