Don Bores, the individual who saw the need for a national retail tobacco association and the vision to help form the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), passed away peacefully yesterday, NATO reported.
NATO gave the following tribute:
“In 2000, Don was one of the owners of Tobacco Outlet Business Magazine and his prior experience in the tobacco industry gave him the foresight to dream of a national association for tobacco outlet stores.
Don’s vision became a reality in 2001 when the National Association of Tobacco Outlets, now more commonly referred to as NATO, was formed. For the past 15 years, Don was a stalwart supporter of NATO and he often praised others for NATO’s phenomenal growth and success. However, without Don’s vision and foresight, NATO may never have become a reality.
Through NATO, Don’s determination to protect the right to sell and enjoy tobacco products was put into action. In many ways, NATO is a legacy to Don’s resolve to have the retail tobacco segment of the industry become engaged in the fight to protect individual freedoms and liberties. NATO will continue to engage in the fight in memory of Don.
Please keep Don and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Funeral arrangements for Don are below:
Monday, Dec. 5 from 6-8 p.m.
Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home
601 North Park Ave
Apopka, FL 32712
Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 10a.m.-Noon
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
834 S Orange Blossom Trail
Apopka, FL 32703
There will be an open house at Don’s home immediately following the funeral service (1792 Cranberry Isles Way, Apopka, FL 32712).