Obituaries

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 »

 

Michigan dealer Bill Wright dead at 55

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2013
Bill Wright, an auto dealer and philanthropist in western Michigan, died Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 55.... Read More »

 

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
Clifford Nass, a leading researcher in human interaction with autonomous vehicles, died Nov. 2 of a heart attack. He was 55.... Read More »

 

Former GM PR boss McNulty dies at 86

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
Jack McNulty, former speechwriter for President Lyndon Johnson and vice president of public relations for General Motors, died Monday, Nov. 11, in Melbourne, Fla.... Read More »

 

Former GM VP, presidential speechwriter Jack McNulty dies at 86

1:31 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2013
Jack McNulty, former speechwriter for President Lyndon Johnson and vice president of public relations for General Motors, died Monday, Nov. 11, in Melbourne, Fla. He was 86.... Read More »

 

Obituary: Alfred Warren Jr.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Alfred Warren Jr., formerly General Motors vice president of industrial relations, died Oct. 11 in Grosse Pointe, Mich. He was 87.... Read More »

 

William Symes, former NADA president, dies at 92

4:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2013
William Symes, former president of the National Automobile Dealers Association and a former NADA director for Southern California, died at his home in Newport Beach, Calif., at age 92.... Read More »

 

Eiji Toyoda, who turned Toyota into export giant, dies at 100

12:04 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2013
Eiji Toyoda, who spearheaded Toyota's expansion in the United States as the automaker's longest-serving president, died today at the age of 100.... Read More »

 

Cal Worthington, California dealer with loony ads, dies at 92

11:03 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
Cal Worthington, the California car dealer whose outlandish commercials, first broadcast in the 1950s, captivated California television viewers and radio listeners for more than 50 years, died on Sunday at his ranch in Orland, Calif.... Read More »

 

Obituary: Richard Kull

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2013
Richard Kull, who co-founded Burns-Kull Automotive Group, died Aug. 24. He was 83. He began his career as a salesman at a Ford dealership in Manasquan, N.J., in 1958. He held several management positions at various stores. In 1975, he became a dealer, operating dealerships in New Jersey and Florida with his business partner, Ed Burns.... Read More »

 

Auto vet Dauch dies at age 71

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Richard E. Dauch, the founder of American Axle & Manufacturing, died Friday at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.... Read More »

 

Richard Lannen, who helped reshape GM service structure, dies at 76

3:50 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
Richard Lannen, former executive director of GM's Service Technology Group and North American Service Operations, died of cancer on June 16. He was 76.... Read More »

 

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2013
Bill Templeton, former owner of Fort Myers Toyota in Fort Myers, Fla., died May 20. He was 84.... Read More »

 

Dick Harris memorial is scheduled for Friday

1:50 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2013
Dick Harris, former owner of Dick Harris Cadillac in Detroit, died in Las Vegas on Feb. 13. He was 73. A memorial is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. ET, Friday, June 7, at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.... Read More »

 

Bill Templeton, longtime SW Florida Toyota dealer, dies at 84

1:46 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2013
Bill Templeton, former owner of Fort Myers Toyota in Fort Myers, Fla., died May 20. He was 84.... Read More »

 

Obituary: Bill Bruce

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2013
Bill Bruce, the first general manager of Nissan's Infiniti Division when it was launched in 1989, died May 28. He was 70. He was a pioneer in bringing customer service pampering to automobile dealerships and customer relationships.... Read More »

 

David Markin, former owner of Checker Motors, dies at 82

1:51 pm U.S. ET | May 31, 2013
Former Checker Motors Corp. owner David Markin, 82, died Thursday after a monthlong illness. He was a resident of Palm Beach, Fla., and Dorset, Vt.... Read More »

 

Bill Bruce, Infiniti's first general manager, dies at 70

4:00 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2013
Bill Bruce, the first general manager of Nissan's Infiniti division when it was launched in 1989, died May 28 after a lengthy battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was 70.... Read More »

 

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