Coviello, HTI Buying Group Founder, Passes

Coviello, BobBob Coviello

ROCHESTER, N.H.-Robert Coviello, founder of HTI Buying Group based here, has died at 71, after an 11-month battle against pancreatic cancer.

Coviello founded HTI in 1998. The company offers independent kitchenware and tabletop retailers the opportunity to purchase products and programs from member vendors using a corporate discount plan. He was also the co-founder and partner of Gallery of Gifts and Kitchen Etc.

His career in retail and the housewares industry spanned more than 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Anne; his son, Michael James Coviello, his wife, Lynne, and granddaughter Amelia; and his brother, Allan James Coviello, his wife, Sandra, and his niece, Elizabeth.

Funeral services will be at St. Mary's Church here on Nov. 15. Memorial donations in Coviello's memory can be made to the American Cancer Society.

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