ROME, Italy — Uwe Rosenfeld, the world’s greatest pipe maker, has died aged 79.
Rosenfeld, a German-born, Polish-born pipe maker who worked with pipe makers for nearly 50 years, died in his native city of Wroclaw on Wednesday, according to his wife.
Rome’s city hall confirmed his death.
He was born in Wroclawski, Poland in 1919.
His pipe maker father was a member of the Nazi Party.
A pipe maker by trade, Rosenfeld was born on the outskirts of Berlin in 1921.
His father was one of the first German pipe makers and his mother had been a pipe maker before her husband’s birth.
He started working at age 16 and by age 22 was making pipes with a family of his own in his hometown of Wrocław, Poland.
At the age of 23, Rosenfeinds father opened a pipe shop and became a major figure in the pipe industry.
In the 1960s, he began his journey with the pipes that would eventually become known as the Weezers.
In 1973, he founded his own pipe company and in 1977, he became the first pipe maker to win a Guinness World Record for the largest number of pipes in a year.
He worked for several years at the company and later became the head of the company’s business development, before his retirement in 2008.
He has been inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records twice.
In 1993, he won the World Pipe Maker of the Year Award and in 1998, he was named the International Pipe Maker, the first time in a pipe’s history.
He also won the prestigious “World Pipe” award from the International Society of Pipe Professionals.
Roche & Martini, a British pipe maker whose pipes were popular in the 1970s, sold Rosenfeld’s pipe company in 2009 for a reported $3.2 billion.
A new company, Weezer, was founded in 2011 by Rosenfeld and co-owner Dan Martin.
It has since expanded to include a number of brands.