2013 Year in Produce Farewells - The Packer

2013 Year in Produce Farewells

01/08/2014 10:39:00 AM
Dan Galbraith

The helicopter went down and overturned in the Homathko River near Stewart Island, according to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police news release.

Monson, 48, was one of six on board. The other five — four men and a woman — escaped without life-threatening injuries. They were taken to a hospital in Campbell River, northeast of the inlet. Four, including the pilot, were released within two days according to police. Monson’s body was recovered April 15 from the submerged wreckage.


Robert Paul Post

Fresh produce industry veteran Robert Paul “Bob” Post, who worked for Dole Fresh Fruit and its predecessor for 45 years, died of cancer April 25 in New Orleans. Post, 79, worked for Westlake Village, Calif.-based Dole before retiring in 2005.

Post served in the U.S. Navy before beginning his produce career in 1960 at Standard Fruit and Steamship Co. (Dole Fresh Fruit, as of 1991) as a customer service representative. Post was transferred to Dole’s corporate office but returned to New Orleans years later as vice president of banana sales for the central division.

“Bob was an experienced and wise industry veteran with extensive knowledge of the banana business,” Mike Cavallero, president of tropical fruit for Dole, said in a news release. “Even after his retirement, I continued to speak with him on a regular basis as he was a mentor for me. He will be sorely missed.”

Post is survived by his wife, Joyce Williams Post; and three children, Nanette Cosban, Tracey Banowetz, and Kristin Post.


Don Matelson

Don Matelson, owner and president of Direct Ethnic Marketers Inc., Fairfield, Va., died April 28 in a vehicle accident near Flagstaff, Ariz.

Matelson opened his wholesale business in Vernon, Calif., in 1971. He then opened an operation in Fairfield, Va., in 1981 and eventually moved there.

Matelson still kept a warehouse in the Los Angeles area for consolidating product and shipping, said Bill Morse, a salesman for Davalan Sales Inc., Los Angeles, a longtime business associate and friend.

Matelson, 63, and his wife, Marilee, were driving back to Virginia from California when the accident occurred.


Norman Gilfenbain

Veteran Los Angeles produce grower, shipper and wholesaler Norman Gilfenbain died at his home April 30. He was 82.

Gilfenbain started in the produce business in Boston working for his uncles in the early 1950s, then moved back to Los Angeles where he’d grown up, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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