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Industry retail veteran David Coletta dies at 54

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Industry veteran David Coletta, 54, died here on Dec. 2.

The son of Gloria and Sully Coletta Jr., he worked in the furniture industry throughout his life, first in his family's business, Coletta & Kaplan, then at Harold's Furniture. Coletta spent the last 15 years as vice president of sales and general manager for retailer Cabot House Furniture in West Warwick, R.I.

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"He's been with us since the store opened. He was part of the fabric of the store," said Cabot House CEO Robert Bendetson.

"David was an excellent furniture man, a fine and honorable person and a good friend to me and many others," said Alex Shuford III, president of manufacturer Century Furniture. "He exemplified the qualities we all seek out in those we work with and socialize with: He was honest and fair, but tough and shrewd. He was energetic and inquisitive, but solid and stable. He was quick to smile and seemed to always have a bit of mirth in his eyes. The industry loses a classic gentleman with his passing."

"I knew him when he was working for Harold's in Providence and always knew him to be a warm person. He was a genuinely good person, always upbeat," said Paul Toms Jr., chairman and CEO of manufacturer Hooker Furniture. "He was a good friend of mine and our company for over 20 years. I was saddened to learn of his death earlier this week. He had a lot of friends in the industry and he seemed to have a passion for furniture."

Survivors include Coletta's father and stepmother, his ex-wife, two children, his partner, two brothers, two stepsisters and a stepbrother.

The family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38101-9908.

 

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