DETROIT -- Auto dealer George Gorno, a former member of the Ford National Dealer Council and a past director of the National Automobile Dealers Association, died today at age 61.
Gorno had cancer, said Brenda Queen, manager at Gorno Ford in the Detroit suburb of Woodhaven.
In addition to his roles with the dealer council and NADA, Gorno was co-chairman of Detroit's North American International Auto Show in 1997, according to the NADA Web site.
He was a past president of the Detroit Automobile Dealers Association and chairman of the Ford Credit Committee of the Ford National Dealer Council, the Web site said.
Gorno was also a director of the Metro Detroit Ford Dealers Association and Michigan Automobile Dealers Association as well as a member of the board of governors of his alma mater, Northwood University in Midland, Mich.
In 2003, Crain's Detroit Business, a sibling publication of Automotive News, reported that Gorno Bros. Inc., founded in 1939, was the second-oldest Ford dealership in metro Detroit still owned by the original family.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, Dec. 22, from 11a.m. to 9 p.m. local time at the Martenson Family of Funeral Homes in Trenton, Mich. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Grosse Ile, Mich.
Shawn Wright contributed to this report.