Celebrating the Life of Sam Farber, Founder of OXO

June 21, 2013

Sam Farber, 1925-2013 (photo from

Sam Farber was a born entrepreneur who died unexpectedly on Sunday, June 16th, at the age of 88.

He spent three decades in the kitchenware business – launching COPCO in 1960, followed by the leading kitchenware company OXO, and, lastly, WOVO. He focused on partnering with designers to create products that solve real human needs.

OXO posted the following statement on its Facebook page about their founder:

β€œOn Sunday, June 16, 2013, the visionary entrepreneur behind OXO, Sam Farber, passed away at the age of 88. Sam saw an opportunity to provide comfortable tools that would be easy to use for the widest spectrum of users, changing the relationship people everywhere have with ordinary household products. His inquisitive nature and refusal to accept the status quo continue to inspire our product development today.

His family has told us he considers what he achieved with OXO to be his greatest legacy. We are so humbled and inspired by this to continue his legacy through our work at OXO. We hope he will be proud of what we have accomplished and will continue to strive towards.

It is because of Sam that we here at OXO are able to come to work each day, energized in knowing we are improving the lives of people everywhere. We are indebted to his vision for making everyday living easier. He was a mentor and friend to many of us here and he will be missed, but never forgotten.”

Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and all those whose life he has touched.

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