Former L-M dealer council chair dies at 74

His business philosophy was simple: "If you treat people right, they'll keep coming back."

Auto dealer Edward Soukup died Monday, Dec. 10, of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 74.

Soukup was the only three-time chairman of the Lincoln-Mercury National Dealer Council.

"He did it for the sake of the dealer," his son, Marc Soukup said. "He was willing to do what is essentially a thankless job."

He also served as chairman of the New York State Automobile Dealers Association and the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association.

Edward Soukup's dealership, the Hempstead Lincoln-Mercury Group in Hempstead, N.Y., was founded in 1929 by his father-in-law. Edward Soukup took over in 1961. The business, now run by son Marc, includes two Saab dealerships and an Acura franchise.

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