From AAIA AutoFacts
WARRENDALE, PA — A long-time friend of the aftermarket, Jack Heyler, died on Dec. 26, 2003 after a six-year battle with emphysema. Heyler was a tireless worker in support of the independent aftermarket, leading industry efforts to defeat legislation that would have extended state mandated emissions warranties to 10 years/100,000 miles; and to obtain passage of SB 1146, which mandated that car companies make emissions-related service information and diagnostic tools available to the independent service industry. He was active in the Automotive Service Counsels of California and the Society for Automotive Engineers, helping found the Service Technicians Society a SAE affiliate group.
AAIA honored Heyler in 2001 during AAPEX for his contributions to the aftermarket industry. As Marc Graham, then-chairman of AAIA, said during the 2001 ceremony honoring Heyler, “Jack is a legend who has dedicated much of his life and career to helping professional auto technicians and protecting the independent aftermarket.”
Donations can be made in Heyler’s memory to the Society for Automotive Engineers Foundation, SAE World Headquarters, 400 Commonwealth Drive, Warrendale, PA 15096.
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