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Ben Bridge Chairman Dies at 93

Apr 4, 2018 4:23 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Herb Bridge, co-chairman of jeweler Ben Bridge and much of the force behind its global expansion, died at age 93 on Monday.

Bridge grew up in the family-run business, which has been in operation since 1912, and worked with his father in the store since childhood.

Shortly after the US entered World War II, Bridge left the jewelry business and joined the navy, rising to the rank of rear admiral over his 41-year career. Upon returning home from service, his father took one look at him and told him to get a broom and sweep out the store, according to an interview he gave to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

When his father retired, Bridge and his brother Bob took over the running of the store. In 2000, Warren Buffet’s conglomerate, Berkshire Hathaway, acquired the Ben Bridge chain and retained the two brothers as co-chairmen.

“He always remembered people and spoke with a unique care, humor, and twinkle in his eye,” his great-niece Lisa Bridge, the jeweler’s president and CEO, recalled on Tuesday. “That was Herb. He taught us to invest time and energy into our community and everyone we came into contact with. I am thankful to have had such a loving, wonderful role model in my life, and I will strive to live a life in his honor.”

A public celebration of his life will take place on April 17.
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