Obituary: Patrick J. Dinley, Proforma Communications Group

Patrick J. Dinley, president and CEO of Proforma Communications Group (asi/300094) and the former president and CEO of Norelco, died on Dec. 10 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 76.

Born in Pittsburgh, Dinley attended Pennsylvania State University and received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. He became a sales associate for General Electric in 1966, and a regional sales manager for Norelco 10 years later. He was promoted to vice president of sales for Norelco in 1981, helping to lead the company to the top of the shaver industry. He was named president and CEO of the company in 1991.

In 2002, he retired from Norelco and founded Proforma Communications Group in Delray Beach, FL, with his son Brian to offer promotional products, commercial printing, corporate apparel and ecommerce solutions. Daughter Bryce joined in 2008, and the team was inducted into the Proforma Million Dollar Club in 2009 and the Multi-Million Dollar Club in 2012. Brian continues as executive vice president of operations, while Bryce is the executive vice president of sales and marketing, and his daughter-in-law Leigh is director of operations.

Dinley was a past recipient of the Housewares Charity Foundation’s Lifetime Humanitarian Award.

He is survived by Brian (Leigh) and Bryce (Jason) Fulton as well as Connie, his wife of nearly 50 years; daughter Brigg (Peter) Hyland of New Fairfield, CT; and grandchildren Thompson and Bronwyn Hyland, and Burke and Bergen Fulton.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial gift donations in Patrick Dinley’s name to Trustbridge, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, FL, 33407 or call (561) 494-6888 for additional information or a donation form.