Albert Wahnon, founder and co-owner ofFloor Covering News, passed away this morning in Plainview, N.Y. following a massive heart attack. He was 90 years old.

Born on February 7, 1920, Wahnon led a distinguished career in the military and floor covering industry. Following service as a paratrooper in WWII, he was editor and then publisher ofFloor Covering Weeklyfrom 1955 to 1986.

In 1986, he foundedFloor Covering Newswith business partner Michael Blick (vice president and publisher) and remained active in the business until his death as president, editor and publisher. Among his many accomplishments while reporting on the events of the floor covering industry for over 55 years was his role as a founding father and member of the Floor Covering Industry Foundation.

“Al was my partner for 21 1/2 years and I will sorely miss him,” said Blick. “He was my friend and much more than a partner. We consulted on everything and as a team came to the right decisions for us and our business to grow.” 

“Before we became partners, I watched in awe as he built a competitive publication and had the respect of the entire industry. I will miss his wit, laughter and the fun we've had together for over 20 years,” Blick added.

A service in his honor will be held at Gutterman’s Funeral Services, 8000 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury N.Y., at 10 a.m., on Thursday, Feb. 3.