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Industry veteran Kaliski, president of Royale Linens, passes

Tenafly, N.J. -- Industry veteran David N. Kaliski, who spent the past 16 years as president of Royale Linens, a subsidiary of Yunus Textiles Mills, passed away Saturday.

Kaliski joined Springs Industries Inc. in 1970 and was said to be instrumental in establishing Springmaid as a major retail brand. He rose the ranks to merchandise manager and eventually became vice president, business manager for private ticket, such as JCPenney, Sears, and others.

Kaliski joined Royale Linens Inc. in January 1989 and became the company's president in 1993. He is credited with having transformed Royale Linens from a distributor of roll stock into a manufacturer and importer of sheets for several major retailers, including JCPenney, Sears, and the now-defunct Linens 'N Things as well as several regional accounts. In 2007, Royale Linens became a subsidiary of Yunus Textile Mills Ltd., Karachi, Pakistan, and Kaliski led the integration of the operations and directed its North American sales and distribution.

Kaliski was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a 1964 graduate of Virginia Military Institute, earning his Masters of Business from the University of Virginia's  Darden School of Business.

He is survived by: his wife, Penny (nee Smith); his children -- Drew and his wife, Elizabeth; Ty Kaliski; and Sara Devaney and her husband, Brian; grandchildren, Grady Patrick and Sean David; and his brother, Alan.  

A memorial visitation is scheduled Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 7 to 9 p.m. here at Barrett Funeral Home, 148 Dean Dr., Tenafly. A memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Community Church of Harrington Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Diabetes Research Institute, 381 Park Ave. South, Room 1118, NY, NY 10016.

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