LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. - Jack Duffy, a General Motors career veteran, died Jan. 22. He was 79.
Duffy joined Buick as a junior statistician in 1946. Beginning in 1954, he held various field positions throughout the Midwest, including zone manager. He went to Flint, Mich., in 1965 to be Buick's manager of car distribution, and eventually he became director.
In 1969, he became assistant general sales manager at Buick. He left Flint in 1972 to become general sales manager and vice president of General Motors of Canada. He returned to Flint in 1977 as general sales manager of Buick. He retired in 1982.
ST. CLAIR, Mich. - Gerry Grill, an automotive engineer, died Dec. 15. He was 43.
Grill was a certified engineer in both materials and lubrication.
He worked in the automotive industry for 15 years, the last three at Kluber Lubrication North America LP in Londonderry, N.H., where he was automotive applications manager.
BOCA RATON, Fla. - George Keutgen, a Ford Motor Co. veteran, died Jan. 12. He was 81.
Keutgen joined Ford in 1948 and held management positions in several areas, including finance, manufacturing and auto assembly.
He was executive director of the manufacturing staff when he retired in the mid-1980s.
VENICE, Fla. - William Westlund, a former automotive executive, died Feb. 12. He was 64.
Westlund worked in the auto industry for 32 years. When he retired in the mid-1990s, he was national parts and service director for Lamborghini USA Inc.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Bob Wilson, an auto retailer for more than 50 years, died Jan. 11. He was 80.
Wilson began his career in 1947 at W.W. Massey Motors in Jacksonville, Fla., where he worked his way from salesman to president.
In the mid-1950s, he joined Chrysler Corp. as regional truck manager in the Pittsburgh and Atlanta areas. Wilson returned to the Massey organization in 1960 as general manager of Massey Dodge in Tampa, Fla. He acquired Bob Wilson Dodge in 1975 and remained active in the business.
His son, Bob, now operates the dealership.