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Industry Icon Fred Starr Dies at 87

Furniture industry icon Frederick Brown Starr, former president and CEO of Thomasville Furniture Industries and Natuzzi Americas, died on April 1 at Moses Cone Hospital from complications from the coronavirus.

Therapedic International Founder Gerald Gershaw Dies at 95

Bedding Industries of America has announced its original company’s founder, Gerald Gershaw, has died at the age of 95. Gershaw was the founder of Therapedic International and its first plant in North Brunswick, N.J., which subsequently was transitioned to Stuart Carlitz in 2001.

Fairfield Chair CEO and Former President, J. Harper Beall III, Dies at 77

J. Harper Beall III, CEO and former president of Fairfield Chair Company, passed away on Dec. 13 at the age of 77. Beall suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease the last seven years of his life and died at home surrounded by family.

Cardi’s Furniture Nick Cardi Dies at 71

Nick Cardi, one of the Cardi brothers from Cardi’s Furniture, passed away on Aug. 2  after a four-year battle with cancer.

Sprintz Furniture’s Charles Sprintz Dies at 85

Charles Sprintz, co-founder of Sprintz Furniture in Tennessee passed away on May 20, 2019. He was 85.

Former NCHFRA President Bob Hocum Dies

Furniture industry veteran, Robert “Bob” Hocum, passed away on February 2.

Furniture Rep Eric James Steinhafel Dies at 60

Eric James Steinhafel, longtime furniture manufacturer’s representative, passed away on Tuesday, March 19 at age 60.

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