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Former Firestone Exec, Grandson of Harvey S. Firestone Dies

Kimball Curtis Firestone, 90, a former executive of the tire company founded by his grandfather Harvey S. Firestone and the long-time proprietor of a popular Maryland restaurant, died on Monday, June 3, at his home in Middletown, Maryland.

Obituary: Dave Smith, Sales VP, Hunter Engineering

Smith worked for Hunter for nearly 40 years until his retirement in 2014. He was 75.

Dave Smith, Sales VP, Hunter Engineering passes away
Longtime Aftermarket Exec. Ron Clair Dies at 79

With a 47-year career in the aftermarket, Clair held various positions with Fram, Bendix and Autolite and Auto Plus.

Ron Clair
Obituary: AP Emissions’ Sales Executive Passes Away

Patrick J. Balbo worked for AP Emissions for almost 20 years in the Northeast Region.

Obituary: Aftermarket Sales Executive Stephen C. Horn 

Horn worked for several companies, including Apex Automotive Warehouse, Brake Parts, Inc., Perfection Clutch, and ATP.

Milton Ind. Mourns Passing of LTI Co-Founder Ellery Casey

Casey passed away quietly at his home in Naples, Florida, on March 15, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

BendPak Announces the Passing of Gary Henthorn

Son of BendPak’s founders, Gary established Dannmar, MaxJax and Garage Equipment Supply.

LIQUI MOLY Mourns the Loss of Longtime Press Spokesperson

Dr. Peter Szarafinski, head of Media Relations International, passed away unexpectedly just before Christmas.

Motorsports Industry Mourns the Passing of Ken Block

Block was killed in a snowmobile accident on Jan. 2.

Photo Credit: SEMA; Ken Block takes a photo with a fan during an autograph session at the 2022 SEMA Show.
Obituary: Walker Products Owner, President and CEO Passes Away

Michael G. Weaver passed away peacefully on Nov. 23, following a long battle with prostate cancer.

Obituary: Former APRA President William Gager

Gager retired from APRA at the end of 2013, however Bill and APRA were synonymous.

Obituary: Erik Olsen, Past TBC Corp. President & CEO

Olsen joined TBC in 2004 as senior vice president and chief marketing officer and was named president and CEO in 2014.