Industry News: Portable Sanitation Industry Veteran Passes Away

Clyde Brown Sansom Jr. was the inaugural recipient of the Andy Gump Award

Industry News: Portable Sanitation Industry Veteran Passes Away
Clyde Brown Sansom Jr.
Clyde Brown Sansom Jr.

Clyde Brown Sansom Jr., age 89, passed away July 4. He was founder and owner of Johnny on the Spot, Able Industries, Synergy World Manufacturing and most recently, St. Louis-based Sansom Industries. 

In 1993, Sansom was the first recipient of the Portable Sanitation Association International’s Andy Gump Award, considered the portable sanitation industry's highest honor. One portable sanitation professional receives the award annually at the PSAI Convention and Trade Show.

Jeff Wigley, past president, PSAI board of directors, notes in Association Insight, “Clyde was a successful, innovative and humble man.” Wigley considered him a mentor and says he was sold on the industry due to Sansom’s generosity and commitment to help others. He remembered the help Sansom gave him as he was starting in the portable restroom industry, inviting him to St. Louis to tour his then-company Johnny on the Spot. 

“He took his time to give me an overview of the industry and his desire to give the best possible service to his many customers. He was not above taking time out of his day to meet with a guy from Atlanta who was basically clueless about the portable restroom industry,” Wigley says. 

He was born in Bartow, Georgia, in 1930. He is survived by his wife, Sally, son Clyde B. “Mannie” Sansom III and his wife, Chantelle, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and four sisters. A private celebration of life was held on July 29 at Schrader Funeral Home and Crematory, Ballwin, Missouri.



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