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Dayton's Merchandiser Stirratt Passes Away

Memorial services were held here for James Stirratt, 63, who died Feb. 22 after battling osteosarcoma.

Stirratt spent 26 years at Dayton's Department Stores here, beginning as a trainee and rising to evp of home furnishings, where he influenced the home market with leadership in quality direction and merchandising acumen. He later joined Williams-Sonoma in San Francisco as evp. When he left Williams-Sonoma, he led a joint venture with the Mayo Clinic on a highly successful cookbook.

"I worked for him for 10 years, and in my entire career he was a most supportive person as well as being a risk taker," noted Joel Kaplan, now a consultant but previously director of trend merchandising for Dayton's. "He built the home business, was always looking for the 'next' direction, and moved people along. He was a caring person and an entrepreneur."

Stirratt is survived by his wife of 41 years, Arlene, four sons, four grandchildren, his mother and a brother.

Memorials may be sent to the Mayo Clinic cancer research program, The Nature Conservancy or the North Shore Health Care Foundation.

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