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FLEXO Magazine : April 2013
Jim Ferris (90) & Marty Kesten (86) Friends, Business Associates & Ardent Supporters of FTA/FFTA The flexo community lost two distinguished industry icons with the recent passing of Jim Ferris and Marty Kesten within two months of each other, after having been business associates and friends for the past 47 years. Jim first joined Pres- ton Engravers—an up and coming rotary diemaker—in 1947 and shortly thereafter became a partner doing everything necessary to make the business prosper. One of those strategic moves was bringing on Marty Kesten, a highly qualified engineer, as general manager and CEO in 1966. And, as they say, the rest is history. Over the years, both Jim and Marty spent much of their time and energy promoting industry initiatives, working tirelessly to advance the flexographic technol- ogy through their volunteer efforts supporting organizations like FTA/FFTA and TLMI. Jim’s attention centered around providing his expertise to the label printer community through organizing and conducting educational programs to help the FTA narrow web membership become better printers. He served as Narrow Web Workshop Regional and National Chairman for many years. A frequent speaker on these programs and author of many articles in FLEXO Magazine, Jim’s commitment to the organization and industry earned him enshrinement into the FTA Flexo Hall of Fame in 1987. Marty ’s focus centered more on the business end of things, serving as a board member (holding the office of treasurer), membership committee chair and as a member of the compensation committee for several years. Also a prolific writer, he authored numerous articles in FLEXO as well as several FTA/FFTA technical publications in the organization’s resource library. A holder of 13 U.S. patents and 10 international ones, Marty was instrumental in developing new and innovative technologies improving the efficiency and precision of the diecutting process. Jim and Marty remained close trusted friends throughout their retirement. Looking back on this pair’s energetic, colorful involvement with FTA/FFTA during its earlier formative years, it’s easy to trace much of the ongoing success of the Association and Foundation in the area of education and information dissemination to their intense dedication to the cause. “It is rare to find a business partner who is selfless. If you are lucky, it happens once in a lifetime.” Patrick J. Craven, 63, Craven Plastics Owner Patrick Craven, former proprietor of Craven Graphics, passed away suddenly on Thursday, Feb 7, 2013 at his residence in Jackson Township, OH. He was 63. Born in Akron, he had a long career in capital equipment sales, including Craven Graphics, B.F. Goodrich and BASF. Patrick enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren at his home where love and laughter lived. Craven is survived by his wife, Barbara (Dixon) Craven of Jackson Twp.; sons and daughters-in-law, Timothy and Cheryl Craven; Michael and Laurie Craven; Daniel and Melissa Craven; sons, Patrick Craven, Sean and James; daughters and sons-in-law, Erin and James Adkins; and Colleen and Jeff Kracker. Jimmy O’Neal, 78, Veteran, O’Neal Graphic Supplies Owner Jimmy O’Neal of Charlotte, NC, passed away suddenly on Feb 11, 2013. He was the owner of O’Neal Graphic Supplies for more than 25 years. He was 78. O ’Neal was a Korean War veteran and an avid golfer. O’Neal is survived by his soul mate of 58 years, Suzie O’Neal; daughters, Terry O’Neal and Peggy O’Neal; and granddaughters, Julie (Josh) Peak, Jamie Green and Jen- nifer Green. 10 FLEXO april 2013 www.flexography.org TM FTA TODaY OBiTuAriES Kesten Ferris