In an article in Bed Times, a long-time veteran of the furniture industry was honored after his passing. Kevin Toman, who died Dec. 4 at 77, is remembered as a well-liked mattress leader who worked with top executives in the industry over a 46-year career and won their respect. “It would be hard to find anyone in the mattress industry who didn’t have a good word to say about Kevin,” said Gerry Borreggine, Therapedic’s long-time CEO and president, who knew him for more than two decades.
Jesse Smith Capel passed away on October 20 at the age of 90.
Harold Whittemore “Buddy” Sherrill passed peacefully just after midnight on March 24th at his home. Buddy Sherrill lived life to the fullest and held nothing back when it came to the Sherrill Furniture family, his people and business that he loved dearly.
Walter Edward Smithe, Jr.
May 19, 1936 - October 9, 2022
It is with great sadness that the family of Walter Edward Smithe, Jr., announces his passing. Walter was the patriarch of the extended Smithe family and the founder of Walter E. Smithe Furniture & Design. He died peacefully with his beloved wife of 64 years, Florence Flynn Smithe, by his side. Many family members from far and near gathered close during his final days, cherishing the memories of time spent with Papa during the 86 years of his extraordinary life.
Jackson Furniture Industries has announced that William Ronald (Ron) Jackson, former president and CEO, passed away on April 22, 2022.
Industry veteran Gene Rosenberg, founder, and chairman of the board of Planned Furniture Promotions (PFP), and co-founder of Bob’s Discount Furniture, died Thursday morning after a brief battle with cancer. He was 86.
Stephen Chen, 59, the president of Mlily USA died Friday evening after suffering from an illness the past several weeks. The company’s senior management team had assumed his responsibilities since he became ill.