Gary J. Taft

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Gary J. Taft


Gary J. Taft

Gary J. Taft, 50, formerly of Downers Grove, Ill., died of pancreatic cancer in his Kenosha home on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006. He was born on March 15, 1955 in Kenosha. He attended Southport Elementary School, Lincoln Jr. High and graduated from Tremper High School in 1973. Gary worked for United Artists Theater Circuit for seven years. Starting as an usher at the Orpheum Theater, he was promoted to manager. He was relocated to many cities in the Midwest as a theater management troubleshooter before taking over a resident directorship of their flagship movie theater in Oak Brook, Ill. He managed the theater until 1979 when he resigned to join Warner Bros. Motion Pictures in their Chicago office. Gary advanced quickly to the position of Chicago office manager. In 1989, he was the only employee in Warner Brothers history to be promoted to a branch manager position, bypassing the salesman position. He was branch manager for five Midwest states. When the Chicago division was consolidated to the West Coast in 1994, Gary was offered, but declined a transfer to Burbank, Calif. In the same year he was recruited by Transtar Industries in Addison, Ill. He was directly involved with business office management, sales and human resources. He retired from Transtar in June, 2003. Gary was very involved in entertainment. Starting with the Kenosha All Boys Choir as a youth, he advanced to become the first student allowed to join the Tremper Acapella Choir directly out of Lincoln Junior High. …

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