Dayton’s merchant Stirratt remembered
By Staff -- Home Textiles Today, 3/5/2008 1:11:00 PM
Bloomington, Minn. – Memorial services were held here for James Stirratt, 63, who died Feb. 22 after battling osteosarcoma.
Stirratt spent 26 years at the former Dayton’s Department Stores, beginning as a trainee and rising to evp of home furnishings, where he influenced the home market with leadership in quality direction and merchandising acumen. He later joined Williams-Sonoma in San Francisco as evp. When he left Williams-Sonoma, he led a joint venture with the Mayo Clinic on a highly successful cookbook.
“I worked for him for 10 years, and in my entire career he was a most supportive person as well as being a risk taker,” noted Joel Kaplan, now a consultant but previously director of trend merchandising for Dayton’s. “He built the home business, was always looking for the ‘next’ direction, and moved people along. He was a caring person and an entrepreneur.”
Stirratt is survived by his wife of 41 years, Arlene, four sons, four grandchildren, his mother and a brother.
Memorials may be sent to the Mayo Clinic cancer research program, The Nature Conservancy or the North Shore Health Care Foundation.
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