“He loved the industry, and the industry loved him as well,” said Mike Stuart, president of the Maitland-based Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association. Stuart said Coon was a great mentor and friend.
He joined The Packer in 1952, serving in a variety of field positions in New York, Cincinnati, Minneapolis and Chicago before moving to the Kansas City office in 1967. He directed development of special sections for The Packer during the 1960s and 1970s, a new concept for trade publishing.
Bob Moore, founder of the International Banana Association, died Jan. 17 at a hospital in Sanford, Fla., according to the Times Picayune newspaper in New Orleans. He was 86.
Moore founded the IBA in 1983 and was president and chief operating officer until he retired in 1999. The trade group was based in Washington, D.C.
Moore earned law degrees from the University of Virginia and New York University. Before entering the produce industry, he worked as a special assistant to the Louisiana attorney general and maintained a private law practice.
In 1957 Moore joined the Standard Fruit and Steamship Co. He ultimately served as general counsel and secretary of the company.
Food producer Castle & Cooke Inc. bought Standard Fruit in 1968, keeping Moore on
as general counsel and senior executive president.
Luigi “Lou” D’Alleva, co-owner of Garden Fresh Salad Co., Chelsea, Mass., died Feb. 19 after a lengthy fight against brain cancer. He was 50.
The family business is still overseen by his father, Izzy D’Alleva, who founded the company. Lou D’Alleva worked for the family business his entire life.
Frederick Giorgi, chairman of F&P Holding Co., Blandon, Pa. — with subsidiaries Giorgio Foods Inc., Giorgio Fresh Co. and Giorgi Mushroom Co., among others — died Feb. 18. He was 81.
After beginning with a career in public law practice and two years in the U.S. Navy, Giorgi devoted his life to the family business, Giorigio Foods Inc. and its related companies.
Howard Liggett, 83, founder of Howard Liggett Truck Brokers, died Feb. 5 in his home in Carmel Valley, Calif.
Liggett opened his first truck brokerage in Salinas, Calif. He founded Howard Liggett Truck Brokers in 1969 in Nogales, Ariz., where it still operates.
Mark Perez, secretary-treasurer of Perez Packing Inc., Firebaugh, Calif., died March 24 after a long illness. He was 58.