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Howell EFI Reports The Passing Of Founder Billy Howell

Billy “Bill” Haegen Howell, passed away on July 22, 2021, after battling with ALS.

Obituary: Tire Industry Association Mourns Loss Of Former Board Member Stuart Zurcher

Zurcher was in the industry for more than 40 years.

Obituary: Former AWDA, University of the Aftermarket Chairman Robert H. Raff

Raff was very active in the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association. He served on the board for several terms, including serving as chairman of the board. He also served for many years on the board and as chairman of the University of the Aftermarket, donating and raising large amounts of money for scholarships in the aftermarket industry. He was currently chairman emeritus.  

Obituary: FCA US Chairman And CEO Sergio Marchionne

Marchionne gained incredible respect within the automotive industry for his turnaround of Fiat Group in 2009, forming a strategic alliance with Chrysler to create FCA.

AWDA Announces The Passing Of Former AWDA, AAIA Chairman Tim Lee

“God broke the mold after He created Tim Lee. There will never be another like him,” said Larry Northup, AAP, executive director of AWDA.

Longtime GPC Chairman And CEO Wilton Looney Passes Away

Wilton Denny Looney passed away on June 1, at the age of 99. When Wilton retired from GPC in 1990, he handed the reins to Larry Prince, but continued to maintain an office at company headquarters and attend every board meeting for the next 28 years, totaling almost 80 years with his beloved company, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Wade&Partners Marketing Veteran Chuck Vollman Passes Away At 75

Always a leader in industry education, Vollman authored several textbooks for Northwood and the University of the Aftermarket.

Lisle Corp. Announces The Passing Of Fred Lisle

Frederick Vernon Lisle, president of Lisle Corp., passed away while surrounded by his immediate family after a battle with pneumonia on Tuesday, March 27.

Automotive Distribution Network Mourns Loss Of Industry Veteran Kenny Lewis

A respected figure in the auto care industry for more than 40 years, Lewis passed away peacefully on March 13 at Methodist Hospital in Memphis after a short illness.

Industry Mourns Passing Of Engine Parts Group’s Don Weber

Weber, president of Engine Parts Group, Inc., passed away Sunday, March 4. A very well-respected aftermarket industry executive and capable leader, Weber was born in southern California, growing up in Hollywood.

AASP/NJ Mourns The Loss Of Board Member Billy Aiello

Aiello was an active member of the automotive repair industry for more than 20 years, joining the AASP/NJ board in September 2017, and working for most of his career at Lee’s Auto Body in Avenel, and most recently at Ultimate Collision in Edison.

Aftermarket Veteran Donald Crassweller Passes Away At 83

“We are very sorry to learn of Don’s passing,” said Bill Babcox, president of Babcox Media Inc. “Don represented Babcox Media on the West Coast for nearly 30 years. He was a big personality, very well-known and universally liked. He seemed to know everyone in the industry – inside and outside of his territory. He was an icon, and we have a lot of wonderful memories of Don.”