The world-wide staff of home automation and controls company Crestron, headquartered in Rockleigh, N.J., mourns the passing of its Chairman and Founder, George Feldstein, after a brave year-long battle with brain cancer. He passed away peacefully at his home on November 5, surrounded by family.

A company statement issued by Crestron noted, “His passion and love for our industry was evident in everything that he did. His influence has left an indelible mark on all those who were fortunate enough to know him. He was truly a great man and a great leader. We will all sorely miss him, but his spirit will live on in all that he touched.”

Feldstein started the company in 1969, working out of a small room above a delicatessen in New Jersey. Beginning with controllers for slide projectors, he later expanded his electronic systems to include banking machines, wireless remote controls, electronic jewelry scales, and more.

In March 2014, because of his failing health, Feldstein relinquished his role as CEO to long-time Vice President Randy Klein. Feldstein stayed on as Chairman of the Board, while his son Dan became Vice Chairman. Today the company has offices throughout the world and employs more than 2,500 people.