Jerry's Cigars

  4433 North First Avenue, Tucson, AZ. 85719
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In Memorandum…
Friends Who Have Passed

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Jim Hemmingway

Jim Hemmingway. Currently there has been no information about Jim's passing. Jim Hemmingway Picture

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Joseph Iatarola

Joseph "Joe" Anton Iatarola, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2016, at his home in Tucson, Arizona. He was 80 years old.

Born on August 24, 1935 in Oak Park, Illinois, Mr. Iatarola was son of the late Joseph C. Iatarola and Rafaella "Fay" (Mauro) Iatarola.

In 1950, he moved with his family to Tucson, which he called home for the rest of his life. He graduated from Amphi High School in 1953, where he was an all-city quarterback and baseball player, and later attended University of Arizona.

He was a recognized builder and real estate developer throughout Tucson and owned a number of restaurants and nightclubs, including Jesters Club and Jumping Jacks. A lifelong cigar aficionado, he created his own cigar brand, "JAI Cubano Classico", the cornerstone of his Empire Cigar Company.

He was also a boxing and horse racing enthusiast, golfer, Chicago Cubs fan, supporter of the arts, and proud Italian son, who counted among his friends such diverse personalities as Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Rocky Colavito, and Herb Score.

He never forgot a fact, and his stories of the nightclub scene in Chi-Town and his Rat Pack days in Las Vegas are the stuff of legend. He will be sorely missed.

Mr. Iatarola is survived by his sister, Rubina F. Gallo; niece, Giada Gallo (Demian) Quiroz, and great-niece, all of Tucson, as well as numerous cousins and friends. He is entombment at Holy Hope Mausoleum. Friends may make memorial donations to the University of Arizona Music Department in the name of his father, Joseph C. Iatarola.
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Rick Fink

Rick Fink, owner of Hacienda del Sol, Zona 78 and Stray Dogs, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 17, 2017 lovingly surrounded by his wife, Nanci; his son, Kevin, his daughter-in-law, Alicynn; and his sister, Meg Walsh.

Richard Paul Patrick Fink was born on November 27, 1950 in New Britain, Connecticut to Richard and Grace Fink. He is also survived by sisters, Eileen Binford, Regina Fink and devoted nieces and nephews.

His life was one full of adventures, of strangers made into friends and of meals shared with those who were hungry. Rick exuded warmth, generosity and loved with an open heart. He leaves a legacy in the Tucson community and in the hospitality industry through his service on many national and local boards, and the innumerable charities he supported; but mostly, in the people whose hearts he touched.

We ask that you raise your glass tonight and toast to a man that has shaped so many. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, the University of Arizona Cancer Center or to the charity of your choice.
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