He had cancer, but he still worked.
"While he was dealing with the cancer, he built four homes," his wife said. "He was a man who could not sit down.
"He was a very personable, determined person," she said.
He also was an independent insurance agent and sold group health policies and dealt with pensions.
"If you became his client, you became his friend," his wife said. With some he went scuba diving. Others offered, "'You did so much for my family, come to my son's wedding,'" his wife said.
About 15 months ago, he prepared longtime associate
"He introduced me to these people. They're like family,"
"Because he had these personal relationships with these people, he wanted to make sure they were taken care of after his passing,"
"He was a fighter, a tough guy, and didn't want to give up,"
"He was not one to cut corners in any way," his wife said. "He said it was nice to pass on a well-built or well-flipped house. He went over everything. Plumbing, electrical -- he made sure it was done right."
He was born
His first job was in watch repair at
He played golf and was a member of
Surviving are his wife, Jacqueline; daughters,
Memorial visitation will be from
The family suggests tributes to the Victory Center, a nonprofit group that helps cancer patients, by going online to thevictorycenter.org, or Lung Force, an effort of the
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