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Richard Swetz, Former Owner of IJO, Dies at 84

He led the organization for 10 years.

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Richard Swetz, former owner of the Independent Jewelers Organization, has died.

Richard Swetz

Richard Swetz

He was 84.

Swetz, of Wayne, NJ, passed away on June 4 surrounded by his family.

Before 1998, when he took ownership of IJO, Swetz was a retail member, the owner of Chandel Jewelers in Midland Park, NJ. He led IJO for 10 years.

“He was well respected and a father figure to many, with an incredible amount of energy and enthusiasm,” IJO wrote in an email to members. “He considered each and every member of IJO his family.”

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Richard enjoyed traveling with his loving wife, of sixty years, Dolores, and spending quality time with his beloved family.

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