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In Memoriam: Del Demaree, Jr. and Cynthia Davis

Del Demaree, Jr.

Del Demaree Jr., AAF, a second-generation owner of Syndicate Sales and past president of the Society of American Florists whose product innovations left an indelible mark on the industry, died Jan. 2. He was 85.

He was SAF’s president from 1981 to 1983 and served on several SAF committees, including the Government Relations Committee where he was active in policy development. Demaree served on the Wholesale Florist and Florist Supplier Association board of directors and as its treasurer. He was also chairman of the American Floral Endowment from 1992 to 1993, where he later established the Del Demaree Family Fund and a business internship program. AFE has established a memorial tribute honoring Demaree.

According to his peers, Demaree set an excellent example in those volunteer leaderships roles.

He was president of SAF when Charles F. Kremp 3rd, AAF, attended his first SAF convention, and it was Demaree’s warm demeanor that left an impression, Kremp says. “His personality and manner at the podium was so warm and friendly, and [he] exuded a quality that we associated with SAF and encouraged our future involvement,” says Kremp, who would later serve as an SAF president. “He achieved a lot of success in business, but the success in building friendships was a trait that I am sure he held high.”

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Cynthia Davis

Cynthia Davis, born March 21, 1949 passed away April 1, 2023.

She worked in the trade show industry and lived in many places.

She will be remembered as a woman who loved her work.

Preceded in death by George and Marie Davis; and is survived by her brother, Edwin
(Linda) Davis

Funeral services will be held 11a.m. Thursday at Ciriello and Carr Funeral Home, 39 S. Miller Rd. in Fairlawn, where friends may call 10-11a.m. Private interment at Chestnut Hill Memorial Park.

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