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Former RJO President Ed Bacon, Jr. dies at 84

Southern Jewelry News and Mid-America Jewelry News join the Retail Jewelers Organization (RJO) and the rest of the industry in recognizing the loss of 50 year veteran Ed Bacon Jr., owner of Bacon Jewelry in Perry, and Boone, Iowa. Ed passed away May 5, 2010 at the age of 84.


Industry veteran and former president of the Retail Jewelers Organization Ed Bacon, Jr. with his wife Helen. Ed passed away on May 5 at the age of 84
Ed’s fine jewelry career traversed both the wholesale and retail side of the business as he garnered a tremendous love for everything related to jewelry. Following in his father’s footsteps, Ed started as a diamond salesman until purchasing his own retail store in the mid ‘60s.

His long and accomplished business career resulted in two retail stores and an amazing RJO legacy where he was known for his genuine love of the industry.

Seen as a significant contributor to the development and growth of RJO since joining in 1967, Ed served as a board member and past president of the organization. In 2006 Ed was the first member to receive the RJO Lifetime Achievement Award. He remained a member until he retired.

“The RJO board and staff have a great respect for Ed and what he accomplished in his life time and especially in the jewelry industry,” comments Mary Peterson, RJO chief executive officer. “He never missed a show and was known for his stories.”

Following in his footsteps are his only child, Ed Bacon III and his grandson, Eddie Bacon IV, both of whom plan to carry on the family business his father started so many years ago.