Adrian E. Kaiser, Jr. Will be Missed
One of the true gentlemen in our industry died peacefully at home on September 3, 2019.
Adrian Kaiser of Acme Refrigeration of Baton Rouge, Inc. truly loved the HVAC industry. He made many friends across the country through his sixty plus years in the business and was well known for his integrity and fairness to all he encountered.
Born May 29, 1928 in Natchez, MS to Adrian E. Kaiser, Sr. and Sarah Zumbro Kaiser, the family moved to Baton Rouge in the summer of 1944. After he completed high school at Catholic High in 1945, Adrian began his own refrigeration service company, Ajax Service Co. In 1947 he joined his father to help run and operate Acme Refrigeration of Baton Rouge, Inc. eventually becoming its President. His dad died in 1969 and Adrian, Jr. continued to run and operate Acme along with his younger brother, John L. Kaiser, Sr. Together they grew the company to 12 branches across Louisiana with a corporate office and distribution center in Baton Rouge. He retired at the age of 83 but continued to regularly visit the office for four more years until his poor eyesight forced him to stop driving. Adrian was proud to turn over the operations of the business to his children and his nephew, John, Jr. (Jay) but continued to stay advised of the latest developments.
Adrian is survived by his four children and their spouses, Susan and Franklin Treigle, Adrian E., III (Manny) and Lana, Charles D. (Chuck) and Adrienne, and Lisa and Mike Kenaley, Sr., as well as eleven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Adrian was preceded in death by his loving wife of sixty-two years Mae Merrill (Minna) Dawson Kaiser.
Chuck Kaiser shared this with us: “Dad was always dedicated to serving the customer; ‘the customer comes first’ he would say. Dad loved his company and he loved his employees. He died a proud man knowing what his family, friends and employees all helped him to accomplish. At the end of his life he yearned for nothing more. Dad helped anyone who asked for help. He never expected anything in return. He was just glad to be of help to someone.”
Adrian will be greatly missed by all.