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      08-27-2010, 12:46 AM   #23
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      08-27-2010, 01:14 AM   #24
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Very sad to hear. He will be missed
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      08-27-2010, 08:34 AM   #25
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      08-27-2010, 09:20 AM   #26
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rip and my prayers go out to your family
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      08-27-2010, 11:28 AM   #27
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Was curious about the details and found this:

Pitney died in the town of Durham, N.Y., in Greene County when a tractor he was riding on his property flipped over on him while he was trying to pull out a tree stump, according to a report in the Daily Freeman, a local newspaper serving the Hudson Valley.

County sheriff's deputies found Pitney underneath the tractor around 12:40 p.m.and pronounced him dead at the scene, the newspaper said.


Wow, what a way to go, probably even worse if his wife or children had to find him in this state. Live every day like its last your last, you never know when it may actually be.

Condolences to his family and friends for this tragic unexpected loss.
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      08-27-2010, 12:17 PM   #28
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Updated OP with updated official BMW release on this sad news:



Media Update on the Death of Jack Pitney and Jim O’Donnell Statement

* 27.08.2010
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Woodcliff Lake, NJ – August 27, 2010… We have more information to share with you about the death of our dear friend and colleague, Jack Pitney. According to the sheriff’s department in Greene County, NY, on Thursday afternoon (August 26) Jack was on his tractor at his farm in Durham. As he was trying to pull a tree stump from the ground, the tractor flipped with him still on board. The sheriff’s department arrived at 12:40 PM and Jack was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is being performed today. Funeral arrangements are still incomplete and we will send you that information as soon as it becomes available.

Thoughts from BMW of North America President Jim O’Donnell:

Our words are wholly inadequate at this moment. All of us who knew Jack are still in shock and only beginning to realize how deeply we feel his loss. He was not just a creative powerhouse but a genuinely nice man who was much loved by all of us. Our thoughts of course are with his wife, five children and other family members. He loved them tremendously and they were his first priority. They are in our prayers.

The outpouring of messages from Jack’s many friends and media colleagues has touched us all and we are moved by the depth of feeling that is being expressed.

Jack had been in the office earlier this week and I know how excited he was looking forward to his new role heading BMW Group’s Eastern Region here in the U.S. Jack brought excitement and electricity to his work. And yes, he inspired those around him because of his infectious enthusiasm for BMW and his never-failing good humor. He leaves a great legacy here at BMW Group. His years in Communications prepared him for his groundbreaking role launching MINI with a style we had never seen before. As head of BMW Marketing, Jack personified the brand and the values that motivate us in this company. Being a true creative soul, Jack couldn’t wait for the next challenge and I personally was looking forward to seeing the innovations he would bring to his new role in Sales. All of us at BMW Group are in mourning over his loss. Our headquarters here in Woodcliff Lake is a very quiet place today as we all reflect on the loss of this good and wonderful man.
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      08-27-2010, 04:19 PM   #29
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So sudden and still so young... May he rest in peace and his legacy live on. My deep condolences to his family and friends. You'll always be remembered, Jack.
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      08-27-2010, 05:15 PM   #30
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Is he alive or dead?

he is dead because of the R.I.P. comments.
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      08-27-2010, 07:53 PM   #31
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I crossed paths with Jack in my line of work years ago. He was brilliant. I hated to hear this. My family's prayers go out to his.
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Rest in peace, my condolences to the family and friends. The bimmer worlds thoughts are with you.
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      08-27-2010, 09:30 PM   #33
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A loss to the BMW community and humanity.
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      08-28-2010, 11:14 AM   #35
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ohh my god. R.I.P. Death by a tractor is no way to go, and certainly not this man. Thanks for all your good work!
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rip , my deepest condolences... very sad news indeed
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