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John P. Cifichiello, CPA

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This was a shocking entry in the NY Times obituary section last week. John was a good friend and colleague and was one of the great guys. The obituary’s first words are “Not John!”

John was a partner at Frendel, Brown & Weissman LLP and spent his entire career there. He had a wide range of clients, was a tax expert, loved being a CPA, a great friend to his clients as well as to his partners and staff and everyone he came in contact with, like me. He also was very proud of his sons and daughters-in-law and grandson and his loving Gina.

I met John about eighteen years ago at an accounting conference and from that time forward we always had dinner together at future conferences and also shared a few beers before or afterward [I always let him choose the restaurant – he was expert at that!]. We spoke regularly, did go out with the wives only once, and ended every conversation saying we needed to set up a date to go out again or to golf. But we never did. It never seemed urgent!

Nothing seems urgent until it cannot be done anymore. John’s passing proves that life is too short and not always fair.

I will miss John and regret that we did not do more together. There always seemed to be time to get to it. But not anymore.

John will be dearly missed. Rest in Peace, my friend!

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