California citrus packer dies

06/17/2013 01:00:00 PM
Mary Kastor

Richard Berberian of Bee Sweet Citrus, Fowler, Calif., died June 12. He was 75.

“He was a great individual to work with; I can’t say enough about him,” said Jim Marderosian, business partner and president of Bee Sweet, in a Fresno Bee obituary. “He was the type of guy that gave a lot of thought about people he worked with — from those in the packinghouse to those in the field.”

Berberian was born and raised in Fresno, Calif.

After attending Fresno State, where he studied viticulture, Berberian joined the Coast Guard, according to the obituary.

After leaving the reserves, Berberian joined family-owned Berberian Brothers Distributorship and then later joined the family’s farming operations where they grew navel oranges, mandarins, lemons and grapefruit, according to the release.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; a daughter, Erin Gleason; a son, Joseph; a brother, Michael; and a sister, Barbara Vartan.

A Memorial Service will be 11 a.m. June 18, at Peoples Church. Remembrances may be made to the Fresno Rescue Mission, 310 G Street, Fresno, CA, 93706; Peoples Church, 7172 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno, CA, 93720; and Childrens Hospital Central California, 9300 Valley Childrens Place, Madera, CA, 93638.



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