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Friday, December 26, 2008

FROM BOB COX:

Dick... I just got notice today about a friend of mine who died about two months ago, because he wasn't an "Artiste" or in management his death went unnoticed. His name was Jack Molinara, he was a Candy Butcher on the Beatty Cole Circus for years and also on the Ringling Show, he was also a first class rigger and one of the nicest people you could meet. If you could just mention this so people who knew him would know I'd appreciate it.
He died in Sarasota at a Social Security retirement home after a bout with Cancer & heart problems. He did military service in the Navy and per his wishes he was cremated and his ashes were cast into Sarasota Bay. May he rest in Peace.

3 comments:

  1. Yes Dick, I believe we knew him as "Jack the Ripper" Show guy all the way.

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  2. Thanks for the comment John.
    I Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and Wish You All a Very Happy New Year! Tell tye girls I said Hello.
    Dick

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  3. Dick ... Yeh, that was Jack...he was a rigger on Ringling and one day while rigging he cut his thumb & got renamed the ripper.
    Jack came to visit me several times in Mexico, a drinking buddy of Jack Palance & Mickey Spillane. (Spillane hung out around the Beatty Show, He was a friend of Frank McCloskey, the owner. Jack Palance was doing that TV series of The Greatest Show on Earth when the Ripper was rigging over there. Bob
    From Bob Cox

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