JJ Babbitt's Reglein
Passes Away

William Reglein, owner and chairman of JJ Babbitt, died Oct. 17th in Ocala, Florida, after a brief illness.

"It is with a heavy heart that I announce Bill's passing," said Rocco (Rocky) Giglio, president and chief operating officer of JJ Babbitt. "He was a longtime friend to me and my family as well as to many people in the music industry. He will be greatly missed."

Reglein joined the company as a teenager and worked in every aspect of the business. In 1999, he became president of JJ Babbitt and, eventually, owner and chairman, serving the company for 52 years.

In 2007, Reglein placed the firm's daily operation in the hands of his staff, led by Giglio, but remained involved in JJ Babbitt's overall function. Most recently, Reglein was integral in planning the celebration of JJ Babbitt's 100th year in business. He was the great-nephew of Jesse J. Babbitt, the company's founder, and the son of music industry legend Eugene (Bud) Reglein.

Funeral arrangements are pending.