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Former Michelin exec John Rice dies at 66

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Former Michelin exec John Rice dies at 66

John B. Rice, a former executive with Michelin North America Inc., died on Sunday, March 11, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 66.

Rice wore many hats with Michelin. He retired from the company as executive vice president; prior to that he was COO of the Michelin Americas Truck Tires division.

Rice also was chairman of the first Michelin and American Heart Association "Heart Walk."

His life was guided by a strong faith in God, according to his obituary in the "Greenville News." He was a member of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, where he found comfort before the Lord at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel.

"During his final days, he marveled many times about what a wonderful gift faith is. He was dedicated to his family who loved him dearly."

A native of Ohio, he graduated from Muskingum College and received his master's degree from the University of Akron.

Rice is survived by his wife, Sher, his constant caregiver and best friend; and his daughter, Sierra. He was the son of the late Nancy and John Rice of Rootstown, Ohio.

Among the many prayers he loved, this one came from a prayer book from his mother, who also deeply cherished her faith: "Keep my words kind, my thoughts positive, and my actions loving, as were those of Christ. This I ask in His name. Amen."

Memorials in Rice's name may be made to the Harvest Hope Food Bank, 2818 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 29611. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.thomasmcafee.com.

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