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Remembering John Fratello

by Philip F. Jacobus, CEO | February 01, 2017
John Fratello, whom many of you may remember as the friendly and outgoing salesperson at Nationwide Imaging, died on 1/⁠29/⁠2017. He was 54 years old. John leaves behind his wife, Maria, and his two children, Christina and Johnny

John had a great personality and livened up any room the moment he walked in. He always had a big smile, a firm handshake and he went out of his way to make you feel good.

In 2000, John joined Nationwide Imaging Services as a salesperson and proved to be a hard worker. If I called early in the morning or late at night, there was a good chance that John would answer the phone.

He was invited to join Nationwide by Robert Manetta and it was Robert who shared Johns passing with me. Robert told me that he will miss John as will all of John's coworkers.

I trusted John in business and I felt that he was a honest person who cared about his customers.

Over the years I have cataloged many funny stories about John but most of all I will always remember a telephone conversation I had one night at 7:00 pm.

John was in a dry spell at work and was worried about his future. He explained to me how important it was for him to be a success in business because he loved his family and wanted to provide a better life for them. He credited me with encouraging him to hang in there and keep pushing but really he deserves all the credit because he made up his mind that he would push harder and he did just that!

In time John became one of the best deal makes that I know. It is a hard business but John made it happen.

I always had a high opinion of John and I will remember him as a hard worker, a good guy and a friend. I am so glad to say that I told him so when he was alive.

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About Phil Jacobus

Phil Jacobus has been involved in health care since 1977, when he visited China to sell equipment. He has done business in 35 countries and still travels extensively. Phil is active in charity, helps rural clinics and always tries to help DOTmed users when he can.

Phil is a member of AHRA, HFMA, AAMI and the Cryogenic Society of America. He has contributed to a number of magazines and journals and has addressed trade groups.

Phil's proudest achievement is that he has been happily married to his wife Barbara since 1989, who helped him found DOTmed in 1998.


Don Bogutski

Remembering John Fratello

February 02, 2017 02:54


The news which you shared in this blog brought tears to my eyes. I will greatly miss John.

No matter where the greeting took place, I could expect a warm bear hug and hand shake from John. So personable, John made me feel like I was greeting a beloved family member. John began every conversation the same way, inquiring "how is Diana?" It was always apparent how deeply John cared for his families at home and at Nationwide. John offered an anecdote to illustrate how well everything was going with both.

Always a gentleman. A special and classy person. My condolences to Maria, Christina and Johnny. Also to Rob and John's Nationwide family. Today is a sad day.

Our industry has lost a precious soul. May GOD bless you and welcome you home John.

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Richard Stockton


February 02, 2017 02:54

It is truly a sad loss of someone that was of his caliber. I always thought very highly of John. A true person of integrity, he had a heart that was always caring for everyone. He is a great man, that was way too young to depart the earth.

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Silvio Quezada

John Fratello

February 03, 2017 10:08

He always had a big smile, a firm handshake and a joke or two in his pocket. He will definitely be missed...RIP Johhny.

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