Obituaries

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Obituaries on Sonny Bledsoe, Tim Gallagher and Gene Wilson... Read More »

 

Obituary

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Allen Chapman, a former auto dealer, died Aug. 16. He was 78.... Read More »

 

Dollie Cole, spirited, outspoken wife of former GM president, dies at 84

3:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Dollie Cole, the colorful, outspoken widow of former GM President Ed Cole and a leading champion of the National Corvette Museum, has died.... Read More »

 

Mike Alexander, legendary custom-car builder, dies

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Mike Alexander, half of a Detroit-area brother duo who became famous for their custom cars, died July 18. He was 80.... Read More »

 

Mike Alexander, famed car customizer and Ridler winner, dies at age 80

10:46 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Mike Alexander, a famed Detroit custom-car builder who won a Ridler award with a modified 1966 Dodge pickup, died on July 18. He was 80.... Read More »

 

Bob Mentzer, a longtime Pennsylvania dealer, dies at 89

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Bob Mentzer, a longtime Pennsylvania dealer, died June 8.... Read More »

 

Nick Scheele, former president and COO of Ford, dies at age 70

4:43 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Nick Scheele, an affable, globe-trotting troubleshooter and tough-nosed negotiator who served as president and COO of Ford, died Friday. He was 70. Scheele, working under then-CEO Bill Ford, led the troubled automaker's turnaround plan after the departure of former CEO Jacques Nasser.... Read More »

 

Obituary

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Paul Miller, a Kentucky Ford dealer, died June 27. He was 92.... Read More »

 

Donald Pearson, former Chrysler regional manager, passes away at 92

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Donald Pearson, a former Southeastern area manager for Chrysler, died June 9.... Read More »

 

Bill Hoglund, former Pontiac and Saturn chief, dies at 79

4:02 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Bill Hoglund, a retired executive and CFO of General Motors, and close confidant of former Chairman and CEO Jack Smith, died on Sunday June 9, 2014. He was 79.... Read More »

 

OBITUARY

Vin Tulley, founder of Tulley Automotive Group, dies at 90

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Vin Tulley, founder of Tulley Automotive Group in New Hampshire, died May 12.... Read More »

 

Idaho dealer Hank Wills dies at 91

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Hank Wills, who in 1946 opened Wills Motor Co. with his father and brother and was involved in the business into his early 80s, died April 14.... Read More »

 

Joe Drew, a car dealer in La Mesa, Calif., dies at 74

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Joe Drew, a car dealer in La Mesa, Calif., died April 9.... Read More »

 

NADA board member Don Chalmers dies

1:45 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Don Chalmers, an auto dealer who represented New Mexico on the board of the National Automobile Dealers Association and was chairman of NADA's government relations committee, died Sunday.... Read More »

 

Former Ford dealer McHale dies at 76

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Mickey McHale, a Louisiana car dealer, died Jan. 6. He was 76.... Read More »

 

OBITUARY

Former NADA instructor John Clancey dead at 82

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
John Clancey, a former instructor at the National Automobile Dealers Association's Dealer Candidate Academy, died Feb. 22.... Read More »

 

Reactions to the death of William Clay Ford Sr.

10:55 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
Here is a compilation of reactions to the death of William Clay Ford Sr.:... Read More »

 

Obituaries: John Hall

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
John Hall, who worked for Ford Motor Co. for 31 years, died March 1. He was 87.... Read More »

 

Ford's Detroit Lions didn't match automaker's turnaround

2:20 pm U.S. ET | March 9, 2014
William Clay Ford Sr. bought the Detroit Lions in 1963 for $4.5 million, but was never able to realize the same successful on-field rebirth with the team that the Ford family's automotive company managed in recent years.... Read More »

 

Obituary

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
George Matick, who started in the parts department at his father's Dodge dealership in Detroit before buying a Chevrolet store in Detroit in 1967, died Feb. 9. He was 86.... Read More »

 

Ross Roberts, former Ford Div. chief and truck champion, dies at 75

3:33 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2014
Ross Roberts, a former Ford Division general manager who helped turn trucks into everyday vehicles, died today. He was 75.... Read More »

 

Dealers mourn Tonkin, miss his spunk

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Auto dealers are longing for another outspoken advocate like Ron Tonkin, the Oregon dealer who crusaded against what he considered overbearing factories while president of NADA 25 years ago. Tonkin died Jan. 17 at age 82.... Read More »

 

Homer LaGassey, automotive design fixture in Detroit, dies at 89

5:52 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2014
Homer LaGassey Jr., a prominent figure in Detroit's automotive design community, died Jan. 7 in East Tawas, Mich. He was 89.... Read More »

 

Bill Strong, former regional service manager, dies at 84

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2014
Bill Strong, who worked in regional service management with several automotive brands, died Dec. 15. He was 84.... Read More »

 

Whit Whitmire, BMW, Honda, Saab dealer, dies at 88

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2014
Whit Whitmire, who founded Global Imports BMW in Atlanta in the 1960s, died Dec. 26. He was 88.... Read More »

 

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