January 2 2013  |  People

Fairn & Swanson mourns the loss of owner Wolfgang Uhlig

By Ryan White

Wolfgang Uhlig, owner of Fairn & Swanson, passed away December 24

Fairn & Swanson today announced the sad news that owner Wolfgang Uhlig passed away on December 24.

Born in 1941, Wolf left Germany for America in his twenties and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area. Shortly thereafter, Wolf founded his first American company, a ship chandlery in San Francisco. True to his entrepreneurial spirit, Wolf founded and ran companies in all corners of the world, from duty free airport stores in the South Pacific and a perfume distributorship in Germany to retail stores in Moscow and the manufacturing of surfboards in China.

The company released the below statement:

Throughout all his world travels and varying business interests, Wolf’s true business love remained Fairn & Swanson Inc. Purchased in 1975, Wolf transformed F&S from a local, bonded ship chandler to one of the leading national travel retail wholesaler and retailers in the United States. From its beginnings in one warehouse serving the port of Oakland, F&S now operates warehouses along both the West and East Coasts of the United States, as well as a chain of retail stores under the Baja Duty Free name. Though helped by many long-term employees, it was Wolf’s personal involvement in the company that led to its success. Despite his retirement from the day-to-day management in 2008, Wolf’s personality is still present in today’s F&S. All of us at F&S wish to express our deepest sympathy to Wolf’s spouse and two daughters.

A memorial for Wolfgang will be held later in January, and for updated information on the memorial service, readers may visit http://paperless.ly/12M9lgh.

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