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In Memoriam: Ronald “Ron” London

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Ron London and Laura Zabala
Ron London standing with co-worker Laura Zabala at the Steiner-Atlantic EXPO 2008 Trade Show. (Photo: Steiner-Atlantic Corp.)

MIAMI — Ronald “Ron” London, vice president of drycleaning equipment sales for Steiner-Atlantic for 18 years, died from cancer June 24. He specialized in the sale, design, planning and start-up of new plants, as well as the sale of replacement items, for the company.

After serving in the U.S. Navy, London began working in coin-op laundry equipment sales and then moved to drycleaning equipment. He joined Nate and Bill Becker in forming Best Equipment Co. in Philadelphia in 1962. The company reorganized after the recession of 1973, and London formed London Equipment Co., operating in the same building with the same staff.

With the growth of dry-to-dry drycleaning machines, he allied with the local Miraclean importer, who provided the equipment and financing he needed. The arrangement worked well for a number of years, but sales dropped as the market filled.

London moved in 1992 to South Florida, where he began his long association with Steiner-Atlantic.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta; sister, Lauren; four sons, Richard, Charles, Hal and Brian; two daughters, Tami and Denise; and 12 grandchildren.

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