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Virgin H. ‘Jack’ Wanamaker

Exec began what would become Wanamaker Rents

Virgin H. “Jack” Wanamaker, whose company was among the first to rent equipment to the Hollywood entertainment industry, died in his sleep Friday, Jan. 10, at his home in L.A., 21 days shy of his 88th birthday.

Barnes, Kan., native came to California in 1936 and began what would become Wanamaker Rents. He served as the first president of the California Rental Assn. and decades later was elected president again (1972). He remained active in the org until he sold the business in 1999.

Besides that org, he was a member of the Burbank Men’s Golf Club and the Burbank Exchange Club. He also was a well-traveled big-game hunter while at the same time a wildlife conservationist. He collected hundreds of specimens, on display in the wildlife wing he built at the Northeast Nevada Museum in Elko, Nev., and was proud of the many awards he received from the Safari Club Intl.

He was also a longtime supporter of youth sports.

Survivors include wife Frances, a daughter, two sons, six grandsons, two great-grandsons, a brother, two sisters and his first wife, Ethel Finnegan.

Services will be held 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.

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