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John Retallick Jr.

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John David Retallick Jr. 1949 - 2012 PITTSFIELD John David Retallick Jr., passed away on April 22, 2012, in Ft. Myers, Fla.. Known to most as David, he was born on Sept. 10, 1949, in Pittsfield. He is survived by his wife, Amphon Noijular; three children, Summer Ann of Gladstone, Ore., John of Ashland, Ore. and Bret of Edinburgh, Scotland; and his sister, Darlene, and brother-in-law, Robert Gwozdz of Port Orchard, Wash. The son of Marjorie and John Retallick, David grew up in Pittsfield where he attended Lenox Preparatory School for Boys. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1971 with a BS in Finance and SUNY Albany with an MBA in Finance. When it came to negotiating, David was a tough SOB. He was the ultimate businessman acquiring knowledge from the corporate and entrepreneurial world. He began his 32-year career with Ford Credit in Dearborn, Mich. and, soon promoted, moved to Dallas, Texas. In Dallas, he opened the famous David's Bar & Grill, which was a hit. In 1987, he took a job for Ingersoll Rand Financial in Pennsylvania. His final move was to Textron Financial as president of Systran in Lake Oswego, Ore. In 2005, David decided to retire and give up his black belt in equipment financing. He moved to Fort Myers, FL where he spent the majority of his time golfing, reading and following his beloved New York Giants and Boston Red Sox. His love of travel took him to five continents with his next trip planned for South America. David also achieved his lifelong goal of publishing a book; "The Need For A Third Political Party." Devoting his time and effort to whatever the hell you do in Florida, David became a master of relaxing (MOR). He currently holds this title. David was a friend to many, a father to some, and a mentor to even more. He was respected, loved and will be deeply missed. David will always be remembered as the ultimate negotiator who worked hard, but played harder. With famous quotes such as "everything's negotiable," or "Alabama Tequila slammer" he lived his life to the fullest. Have one for us Dave

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 18, 2012
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