By  on April 18, 2007

Thomas Marotta, a Saks Fifth Avenue vice president and director of merchandising in the Bala Cynwyd, Pa., store, died of cancer April 13, the company said. He was 73.

"Tom never lost his passion for the business and always had faith he would return to work," said Carolyn Biggs, Saks Fifth Avenue's executive vice president of stores. "Our company and the entire fashion world will mourn the loss of a very special man. Those of you who knew him understand when I say there will never be another Tom."

Marotta joined Saks Fifth Avenue in 1994 and was responsible for developing couture and designer collections businesses in the Bala Cynwyd store as well as other branch locations, most recently the Greenwich, Conn., and Chevy Chase, Md., units.

Before joining Saks, Marotta held merchandising positions at well-known retailers in the Philadelphia area, including The Blum Store of Philadelphia, the former John Wanamaker chain and Nan Duskin.

Marotta is survived by his wife of 45 years, Linda; his children, Todd and Heather, and his five grandchildren.

A funeral mass was held Tuesday. The family has requested that contributions in memory of Marotta be made to: The American Cancer Society, 1615 West Chester Pike, Suite 102, West Chester, Pa., 19382.

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