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Patriarch of Smithe, Furniture & Design Died Peacefully at Age 86

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. 

Industry Veteran Ron Jackson Dies at 77

Jackson Furniture Industries has announced that William Ronald (Ron) Jackson, former president and CEO, passed away on April 22, 2022.

Industry Icon Gene Rosenberg Dies at 86

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. 

Mlily President, Stephen Chen, Dies

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.

Design Journalist Beverly Russell Dies at 87

Design industry veteran Beverly Russell, a British American journalist and editor who led the design magazines Interiors and Architecture, advocating for women to seize their place in media and design, died on Dec. 11 at her home in Albuquerque, according a a report from The New York Times. She was 87. 

Industry Sales Veteran, Tom Temple, Dies at 74

Tom Temple, a veteran sales representative for Klausner Furniture, passed away on October 13, 2021.

Bedding Industry Veteran Alan Carlitz Dies at 78

Eclipse International and Bedding Industries of America mourn the loss of bedding industry veteran, Alan Carlitz, who died, Sept. 29 at Accordia Hospice in Moorestown, a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina.

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