Lee Styron (Sharkguard) RIP

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Forum topic by therealSteveN posted 01-12-2019 10:38 AM 1088 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2019 10:38 AM

I’m not sure how many will see this post, but right before the first of the year I had e-mailed Lee with a generic question about one of my existing Shark Guards.

I got an e-mail back from Lee’s Wife, telling me, Lee passed away suddenly Jan 1st.

This post is just a heads up. Jan told me Lee’s Son Ronnie Lipham will continue with Shark Guard, and could be reached at the e-mail below. My thought there is to allow Ronnie a week or so before doing so though.

[email protected]

Anyone who has dealt with Lee probably finds him just as I did. A very friendly, knowledgeable Man who made a great product for all of us who wanted a good guard on our saws. I have a few Sharks, and know of many others using his equipment, and I’ve yet to hear a cross word about him, or his fine products.

Lee, rest in peace, and may God bless him, and his family.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#1 posted 01-12-2019 11:57 AM

Sad indeed, Lee was a most helpful business owner and all around nice guy. Condolences to his family.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 01-12-2019 12:38 PM

I have one of his quick release splitters. Really appreciated the way he took the time to explain my best options then custom made it for a discontinued Dewalt 746.RIP

-- Quote from ebay tool listing: " Has nicks and dings wear and tear dust and dirt rust and pitting but in good working condition"

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#3 posted 01-12-2019 12:59 PM

Wow, how sad. Condolences to his family.

I sent a question on the 28th and a follow up on the 30th of December, and got a reply from Ron on Jan 6. Both Ron and Jan helped with my order that’s getting delivered today. They were still very nice to work with. I just figured the delay was due to the holidays. I had no idea. I have never worked with Lee directly, but he certainly has made a name for himself and seems to have made a prominent legacy in the community.

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#4 posted 01-14-2019 04:01 AM

When I was developing and blogging about my riving knife for Unisaws, Lee contacted me suggesting we might work out a business arrangement. Eventually, that project fizzled, and after assembling a bunch of kits on my own, I came to realize why. They are simply too labor intensive, involving a number of welds (I remember him mentioning that in one of our exchanges), and drilling and tapping, etc. etc. Anyhow, if I hadn’t already committed to that, I would have probably gone for his ARK model, which looks like a good compromise between a true RK and a splitter. I am sorry to learn of his death. My condolences to his family.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#5 posted 01-14-2019 07:44 AM

wow. How sad. He made a great product and was a great guy.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#6 posted 01-15-2019 07:01 PM

I am so sorry!
I had just spoke with him in early December. He helped me choose the set-up that would work best in my situation.
He was a really nice guy! My condolences to his family.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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#7 posted 01-18-2019 12:15 AM

Hi Everyone, Thanks for the condolences and kind words. Lee was a brilliant person. He is missed by many, especially me. Living here on the Gulf Coast he loved to fish also. There are plenty of cherished memories. We developed a family business and made it our lives. Every morning when I would come in, we would bounce new ideas off of each other and put them to the test. There were so many projects we were working on. I will continue his legacy. You all mean the world to us and keep us going daily. If anyone needs to email any questions, just continue to send them to his email [email protected] Again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.


-- Lee

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#8 posted 01-18-2019 12:54 AM

I love my Sharkguard. RIP Lee. Condolences to Ron and the family.

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