We lost a lot of notable people this year, too many worldwide to list here. So here is a list of who we lost in the timeshare industry, followed by a video showing many of our losses in the greater context of the outside world.
May they all rest in peace.
–John Paul “J. P.” Ottino III, RRP, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL passed away October 27, 2012. He was 57. A pioneer in the timeshare and real estate development world, in 1988 J.P. began his legacy with the timeshare company The Berkley Group where he served as Vice President Corporate Development. His responsibilities included growth and client and customer relations. See his full obituary.
–Jerry Sikes, of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away peacefully on August 25, 2012 following a long illness. He was 75. A major player in the timeshare industry since the late 1970s, in 1990, he formed Professional Resort Operators Management Inc (PRO Management) and was contracted by the Scottsdale Camelback Resort as the managing agent, where he remained for the past 22 years. For several years Jerry authored a weekly column entitled “With Regards…”, published in the Internet news magazine known as “The Timeshare Beat,” which ceased publication in 2006. See his full obituary.
–Foster Kent Mullen, of Crystal Bay, NV, passed away on Monday, August 6, 2012 with his family at his side. He died as the result of a fall from a bicycle while doing what he loved, training at Lake Tahoe, preparing for his annual bike rides and races in the Alps of Switzerland, France and Italy. He was 58. Foster was the owner and President of QM Corporation, which has been in the business of developing, marketing, selling and managing timeshare properties since 1986. The company’s resorts include Thunderbird Resort Club, The Ridge Sierra, North Lake Lodges & Villas, Tahoe Chaparral and Victorian RV Park. See his full obituary.
–Valerie Dean Kubo, of Kahului, Maui, Hawaii, passed away on December 28, 2011 at Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was 53. Valerie worked in the timeshare business in Hawaii for about two decades, starting with Lahaina Ticket Company/Consolidated Resorts in 1991. See her full obituary.
Below is a video of some of the many many famous folks the world lost in 2012. Featuring the songs “People Get Ready” by Jeff Beck & Rod Stewart, and “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston as background music. Presented by Retro Spectrum
Deaths that occurred in the few days after this video was published (after Dec. 25, 2012) include:
- Harry Carey, Jr., 91, American actor (Gremlins, Tombstone, The Searchers), natural causes
- Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., 78, “Stormin’ Norman”, American general, Commander-in-Chief of United States Central Command (1988–1991), complications from pneumonia
- Mike Auldridge, 73, American bluegrass musician (The Seldom Scene), cancer
- Lord Avie, 34, American thoroughbred racehorse, oldest living Eclipse Award winner (1980)
- Fontella Bass, 72, American singer (“Rescue Me”), complications from a heart attack
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