Robert (Bob) Coviello, founder and president of HTI Buying Group has passed after an 11-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71.
Coviello was the founder and owner of HTI Buying Group based in Rochester, NH. The company, established in 1998, offers independent kitchenware and tabletop specialty retailers the opportunity to buy products and programs from member vendors on a corporate discount plan. He was also a co-founder and partner of the former Gallery of Gifts and Kitchen Etc. He received numerous awards and accolades over his more than 40-year career in the retail and housewares industries and was well respected amongst retailers, vendors and colleagues alike.
According to Coviello’s son Michael, succession plans are in place and will be announced at the appropriate time after services and memorials have concluded.
Coviello is survived by his wife Anne, his son Michael James Coviello, his wife Lynne and granddaughter Amelia of Bolton, MA; his brother Allan James Coviello, his wife Sandra and niece Elizabeth of Greenland, NH; as well as other beloved friends and family members.
Born on December 20, 1941 in Hartford, CT, Coviello graduated from Manchester High School in 1960 and attended college at University of Connecticut and the University of Madrid in Spain. In December of 1966 he was drafted into the United States Armed Forces, where he served as a Machine Accounting Specialist as part of the Adjutant General Data Processing Division (62nd DPU) Headquarters, United States Army Forces Southern Command in Fort Amador, Canal Zone from May 1967 to November 1968.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2013, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Edgerly Funeral Home in Rochester, NH. Funeral services will be at St. Mary’s Church in Rochester, NH, on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM. Robert will ultimately be laid to rest at the NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH. Memorial donations in Robert’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society.