Ken Jacuzzi, of Jacuzzi Group Worldwide, died last week, aged 75.
Jacuzzi’s childhood illness in the 1950s inspired his father, Candido Jacuzzi, to develop the first in-home hydrotherapy pump. He used this to give his son pain-relieving treatments.
Doctors had predicted that Ken would not live past his third birthday, but he went on to enjoy a long and successful life in manufacturing, marketing and research and development.
Bob Rowan, chief executive of the Jacuzzi Group, said: “It is with great sadness that we have learnt of Ken’s passing. He lived his life with grace and great dignity, and was an honourable humanitarian. He was the inspiration for not only the Jacuzzi brand, but an entire industry. Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife and extended family.”