All Obituary articles – Page 3

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    Hervé Maneint, senior product manager at the Scott Sports Group...

    2017-05-18T00:00:00Z

    Hervé Maneint, senior product manager at the Scott Sports Group for skis and ski boots, died a few days ago at the age of 56 in the area of Chamonix, hit by a falling rock while on a ski tour in the company of three other people, including two mountain ...

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    Sônia Bogner, wife of Willy Bogner, passed away on May...

    2017-05-18T00:00:00Z

    Sônia Bogner, wife of Willy Bogner, passed away on May 3 at the age of 66, after a long illness. Willy Bogner was married to Sônia for 44 years. Sônia, who was born in Rio de Janeiro, started to work for Bogner as a model in 1972, and she married ...

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    Royal Robbins, the famous American mountain climber who founded the...

    2017-04-21T00:00:00Z

    Royal Robbins, the famous American mountain climber who founded the outdoor clothing firm that bears his name together with his wife Liz in 1968, passed away last month at the age of 82, after a long illness. In the first climb of its kind in the U.S., the couple went ...

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    The founder of Yumas, Andrés Navarro Soler, passed away on...

    2017-03-31T00:00:00Z

    The founder of Yumas, Andrés Navarro Soler, passed away on March 17 at the age of 77. Soler founded the brand of sports shoes in the 1970s. Yumas is based in Elche, near the Spanish town of Alicante.

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    Karin Kettler, daughter of Heinz Kettler, the late founder and...

    2017-03-14T00:00:00Z

    Karin Kettler, daughter of Heinz Kettler, the late founder and owner of the eponymous German sports and leisure equipment company, died earlier this month from injuries sustained in a car accident. She was 57 years old. She was a biologist who took the helm at Kettler in 2005, shortly before ...

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    Jean Vuarnet, the French ski champion who gave his name...

    2017-01-26T00:00:00Z

    Jean Vuarnet, the French ski champion who gave his name to the winter sports and eyewear brand, passed away early this year in Sallanches, at the age of 83. He won a gold medal in downhill skiing at the Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley in 1960 and became famous for ...

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    Gilbert “Gib” Ford, former chairman and chief executive of Converse,...

    2017-01-26T00:00:00Z

    Gilbert “Gib” Ford, former chairman and chief executive of Converse, died from pulmonary fibrosis on Jan. 10. He was 85. He spent 35 years with Converse until 1996, the last ten running the company, which subsequently went bankrupt in 2002. Before joining the brand, he had an illustrious career as ...

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    Matthias Bärtels, who had been serving as one of the...

    2016-12-26T00:00:00Z

    Matthias Bärtels, who had been serving as one of the two managing directors for the Intersport Voswinkel chain in Germany since 2012, has died at the age of 53. Responsible for purchasing, sales, marketing and merchandising, he led a refitting program at Voswinkel and introduced a CRM system. Soon after ...

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    The funeral was held in Asolo on Friday for Luigi...

    2016-12-26T00:00:00Z

    The funeral was held in Asolo on Friday for Luigi Parisotto, an Italian shoemaker who was closely connected with the history of the Italian ski and mountain boot manufacturing industry. He passed away on Dec. 20 at the age of 86. Luigi Parisotto started to work at the age of ...

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    Lelio Nahum, one of the founders and two-time president of...

    2016-07-10T00:00:00Z

    Lelio Nahum, one of the founders and two-time president of the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA), has died at his home in Italy following a short illness. Nahum, a well-known fishing industry figure, was president of EFTTA once in the 1980s and in the 1990s, and then between 2006 ...

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    José Miguel Fernández López, one of the founders of Twinner...

    2016-07-10T00:00:00Z

    José Miguel Fernández López, one of the founders of Twinner Iberia, passed away on June 28 at the age of 55. He was one of the six directors of the Spanish buying group, which started in 2005 under the name Oxigeno Iberosport. It changed its name shortly afterwards, following an ...

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    Klaus Scheck, a leading figure in German sports retailing, died...

    2016-06-23T00:00:00Z

    Klaus Scheck, a leading figure in German sports retailing, died on May 25 at the age of 75. He joined the family business, the Munich-based SportScheck sporting goods retail chain, in 1965. He promoted skiing and tennis in Germany and opened his own ski and tennis training centers. Klaus Scheck ...

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    Paco Garcia-Ferrández Hernández, the 41-year-old chief executive of Productos Deportivos...

    2016-06-23T00:00:00Z

    Paco Garcia-Ferrández Hernández, the 41-year-old chief executive of Productos Deportivos Laken, died in a highway accident on June 18, while returning from a golf tournament. Laken, a Spanish company that has been in operation since 1912, produces bottles and containers for drinks and foods in stainless steel and aluminum.

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    Mickey Chen, founder and chief executive of Kingmaker, died from...

    2016-04-19T00:00:00Z

    Mickey Chen, founder and chief executive of Kingmaker, died from wounds after being stabbed at one of the company's shoe factories in Vietnam, by a warehouse manager after he was questioned about missing inventory, according to a report in the Taipei Times. Chen founded Kingmaker in Taiwan in 1981 and ...

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    The next edition of Performance Days, the activewear fabrics...

    2016-04-19T00:00:00Z

    The next edition of Performance Days, the activewear fabrics show taking place in Munich on April 20-21, will focus on recycled fibers and fabrics. Sympatex Technologies will take the opportunity to present laminates whose yarns are made by Italy's Sinterama out of recycled PET bottles. There will several conferences and ...

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    Claude Joseph, a well-known personality in the French sporting goods...

    2016-02-25T00:00:00Z

    Claude Joseph, a well-known personality in the French sporting goods industry, has passed away at the age of 93. He was for many years the chairman of the French sporting goods industry federation, Fifas, with roles also in the European and world federations, Fesi and WFSGI. Joseph entered the sector ...

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    Lawrence Pugh, who accompanied VF Corporation's rise as a leading...

    2015-12-30T00:00:00Z

    Lawrence Pugh, who accompanied VF Corporation's rise as a leading U.S.-based denim and sportswear company, has passed away at the age of 82. VF Corp is the owner of The North Face, Vans and Timberland along with many other sports, denim and fashion brands. Pugh was appointed president in 1980. ...

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    Ash Jaising, a long-time market researcher who was best known...

    2015-12-18T00:00:00Z

    Ash Jaising, a long-time market researcher who was best known in the U.S., died in his home town of Mumbai at the age of 64, after cutting his leg and suffering a blood infection. He conducted a lot of market research in the U.S. and elsewhere for nearly 20 years, ...

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    Douglas R. Tompkins, who founded The North Face in 1964...

    2015-12-18T00:00:00Z

    Douglas R. Tompkins, who founded The North Face in 1964 or 1966, according to conflicting reports, and Esprit in 1968, died in a kayaking accident on General Carrera Lake in the Patagonia region of Southern Chile on Dec. 8. Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, and his other companions were ...

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    Joachim Schröder, a leading figure in German sports retailing, died...

    2015-11-30T00:00:00Z

    Joachim Schröder, a leading figure in German sports retailing, died on Nov. 10 at the age of 65. He propelled Karstadt to the #1 position in the German sports market, notably by establishing innovative partnerships with major American brands that were trying to find their way into the European market. ...