I was saddened to hear of the passing on Dec. 14 ofJack Bittner, former longtime publisher ofThe Wholesalermagazine who retired more than a decade ago. I never worked with Jack but knew him as a friendly competitor who was well liked and respected throughout the industry.

To me, Jack personified the notion that people can disagree without being disagreeable. According to son Bruce Bittner, Jack had battled cancer for many years before succumbing. He was 86.

- by Jim Olsztynski