May 27, 2020
In Memoriam – John Bitner
All of us at Montesino pause to remember a colleague, friend, and industry icon, John Bitner, who died on May 14, 2020.
Born on June 4, 1944, in Tonawanda, NY, John studied Fine Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology. His accomplished 50+ year career blended art, design and engineering in packaging, and spanned multiple market segments and disciplines. Recognized internationally for his work with the Consumer Products Safety Commission for over twenty-five years to protect the lives of our children while improving the quality of life for seniors, John was in the forefront of investigative research related to improved seal integrity and higher barrier performance through adhesion technology, advanced tooling design, equipment innovation, and award-winning structural design. The Wall Street Journal has hailed John Bitner’s efforts as “evangelical” for senior-friendly packaging and the Public Broadcast System produced a documentary on the challenges of universal design, featuring John’s achievements. He never tired of testing and pushing packaging and technology to make life safe and secure for the young and the elderly. Nor did he tire of a good 18 holes of golf, a drink with a friend, singing with his wife, or thinking of how to make life better. Artist, designer, packaging industry icon, friend.
Memorials can be made to Hope Hospice in Ft. Myers Florida 33913. Click here to go to that site. In addition, Montesino is sponsoring a Zoom Irish Wake on Friday, May 29th, at 5:00 pm ET. Click here to join that wake on Friday.
John, may you Rest In Peace, and may your passion for keeping the young safe while improving the quality of life for the elderly and handicapped live on!
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