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Co-Chairman of Ben Bridge Jeweler Dies

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He was a key business figure in Seattle.

Herb Bridge, co-chairman of Ben Bridge Jeweler, has passed away, the Puget Sound Business Journal report.

He was 93.

Bridge was an important figure in Seattle civic and business life, and his nickname was “Mr. Downtown,” according to the Business Journal. He was also a Navy veteran who served in World War II and the Korean War, achieving the rank of rear admiral.

Bridge and his brother Bob Bridge served as co-chairmen of the jewelry chain, whose history dates to 1912. According to its website, Ben Bridge Jeweler has over 100 stores in 11 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. It also has locations in Canada.

The company became a part of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in 2000 but has continued to be family-run.

Read more at the Puget Sound Business Journal

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