Cigar industry mourns the loss of Bert Gottfried of Oliva Cigars

w00ts!te

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From the snob. On the 23th.

"This morning at 12:30 AM the cigar industry lost an old friend. Bert Gottfried, the long time Oliva Cigars sales representative, passed away leaving an unimaginable void in the lives of the Oliva family and the cigar industry. Over the years, Bert had been known not just as an Oliva rep but more of an Oliva Evangelist. His use of hyperbole was often imitated by friends and admirers of his incredibly positive disposition. “He was a true original;” stated Jose Oliva, “anyone who had the good fortune of knowing him would agree.”

Jose Oliva and Bert Gottfried at an Oliva event at 3Js Cigar Emporium in Davie, FL

Bert joined Oliva Cigars 15 years ago and was instrumental in making Oliva Cigars a household name. Jose Oliva added, “He was the consummate salesman, his passion and pride are without equal. We will miss him terribly.”

Like most of the old-school cigar industry guys, they were quick with a colorful quote and Bert was no different. One of the most imitated Bert quotes was, “there are two types of cigars in this business; those that sell and those that don’t.”

Rest in peace Bert."

I am going to light up an Oliva.
 

IanHummel

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Thanks for posting this w00t. Bert was a great man and a legend in the cigar and tobacco industry. Our sales meetings and trade shows just won't be the same without him. Charlie over at The Cigar Feed has put together a great memorial page which can be seen at: http://thecigarfeed.com/?p=8703

Ian
 
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