Michael Gatto, who started Gatto's Tires and Auto Service in Melbourne, Fla., in 1970, died on Feb. 11, 2019. He was 93.
Norm Affleck, retired CEO and president of Big O Tires Inc., died on Feb. 8, 2019. He was not only a founding dealer member of Big O Tires, but also instrumental in the introduction of the Big O brand 33 years ago.
Robert Dalotto Sr., whose career in tire sales spanned more than half a century, died on Feb. 8, 2019. He was 79.
Charles L. Gowland Sr., co-founder of Chabill’s Tire and Auto Service LLC, died Jan. 24. He was 76.
Albert Hoffman, co-founder of the Jetzon Tire and Rubber Co. Inc. and a pioneer in the private brand tire segment, died on Dec. 3, 2018, at his home in Boynton Beach, Fla., after battling cancer. He was 94.
James McCann, a former top executive at Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., died Nov. 22, 2018, in Franklin, Tenn., after a short illness. He was 88.
Kenneth L. Harris Sr., founder of Harris Tire Co. in Troy, Ala., died Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at Troy Regional Medical Center. He was 87.
Arnie Sperling, a longtime Los Angeles tire dealer who was instrumental in the formation of the Independent Tire Dealers Group LLC (ITDG) as a founding shareholder, died on Oct. 2, 2018. He was 74.
“It is with a tremendous amount of personal and professional sadness… .” No email that opens with those words can be the harbinger of good news. And it wasn’t.
The Chairman and CEO of Vogue Tyre & Rubber Co., Joel Fischer, died on July 22, 2018, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 89.
Wayne Williams, president of Wayne Williams Marketing and Counter Intelligence columnist for Modern Tire Dealer, has died.
The University of the Aftermarket Foundation has pledged that donations made in memory of former chairman Tim Lee will be used to advance industry education.
Thomas Geiger Sr., senior executive officer of Capital Tire Inc., died June 14, 2018, after a brief illness. The Perrysburg, Ohio, resident was 86.