Carl Ream of J&J Family of Farms Passes
- by Jordan Okumura
LOXAHATCHEE, FL - It is a comfort to know that those who have passed away can live on in our memories. Carl Ream is one of those whose deep commitment will continue to flourish inside the stories the industry holds. The fresh produce veteran passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Naples, Florida, at the age of 64.
J&J Family of Farms is mourning the loss of its longtime colleague and friend and honoring the memory of the man that brought a broad range of sales experience, knowledge, and leadership skills to the J&J team. And as the team shares, even beyond that, he possessed all of the qualities of a true friend.
“Working alongside Carl, you saw his passion to tirelessly serve the community and inspire others,” said Kohl Brown, Vice President of Sales. “Carl leaves behind an incredible mark on the produce industry, the community, and the team here at J&J Family of Farms.”
Carl worked with several import, domestic, and organic fresh produce organizations during his career and had more than 40 years of experience working in numerous produce industry positions. These positions included Sales and Marketing roles with retailers, wholesalers, and growers as well as management experience with Kroger in the 1970s and 1980s, according to a press release. Carl returned to J&J Family of Farms in 2015 managing a number of customers and growers.
“We at J&J feel fortunate to have spent time with Carl, listening to his stories and insights on the industry,” Brown expressed. “He wasn’t just our colleague, he was our friend and will be missed by many.
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date via www.MullinsMemorial.com.
Carl is survived by three loving children, one grandson, two sisters, three nieces, and two nephews as well as four great-nieces and two great-nephews. Memorial Contributions in memory of Carl Ream are suggested to The Friendship House, 602 Main St., Immokalee, Florida, 34142, or Pawsitive Kid’s Camp, 3723 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral, Florida, 33904.
We offer the indistry our deepest condolences and our hearts and thoughts go out to Carl's family, friends, and team members during this difficult time.