The roofing industry is mourning the loss of veteran contractor and former Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (FRSA) President John “JC” Carruth. The Jupiter, Fla., resident, died earlier this month at age 95.

Carruth was the oldest of 11 children and proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was the owner of Carruth Roofing Co. in Miami for 56 years, and left a lasting legacy for contractors through his heavy involvement with the FRSA over the years. Carruth joined the organization in 1964 and immediately established himself as a leader on several volunteer committees.

“Over his many years of involvement, John was instrumental in establishing a path for FRSA that helped cement the organization as a leader within the industry,” according to remarks provided by the FRSA for his memorial on March 17.

In 1975, he suggested the FRSA board of directors purchase land for its first headquarters, a project he later oversaw. He became association president in 1976 and remained actively involved after his term, serving on numerous committees and task forces. He was involved not only at the state level, but also within his local affiliate, the South Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association, where he also served as president.

He spent four years on the executive committee, was awarded lifetime membership, and received the Campanella Award the organization’s highest honor – in 1978.

“John was involved in every aspect of FRSA – from the committees within the association, to the workers’ comp Self Insurers Fund,” the FRSA statement noted. “He worked tirelessly and assisted staff whenever and wherever he could. John has left a lasting legacy with FRSA and the industry for which we are especially grateful.”

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Charlyne; five children and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the FRSA’s Education Foundation established an endowment in Carruth’s memory. Find more information here, or email to