NEW YORK — John Fresco, who rose from a stock clerk to vice president and divisional merchandise manager for men’s apparel at Saks Fifth Avenue, died of cancer Friday at his home in Clark, N.J. He was 54.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 12 noon at St. Agnes Church in Clark.
Fresco spent the lion’s share of his career at Saks but began his retailing life in 1958 as a mailroom clerk at the former Associated Dry Goods Corp., a former buying office here, while also working as a part-time shoe salesman at Lord & Taylor.
His 35-year career at Saks began in 1960 as a merchandise clerk. In 1963 he was named assistant buyer of young elite footwear and of men’s hats in 1966. That was followed by buying posts in men’s footwear and men’s clothing. Fresco assumed his most recent position in 1976.
“John Fresco was a great man and a great professional who made an immense contribution to Saks for almost four decades,” said Philip Miller, Saks’ chairman and ceo.
Fresco is survived by his wife, Maryann; two daughters, Cindy Fresco and Laura Dence; a son, Sean; a brother, James, and one grandson.