Ed Coates, founder of Lordco Auto Parts, passes away

Ed Coates, with his wife Marlyn and daughter Samantha Coates-Weins, when he received the AIA Distinguished Service Award in 2011.   

Victoria, British Columbia — February 18, 2014 — It is with deep regret that we must announce the passing of Ed Coates. Coates was the founder and owner of Lordco Auto Parts, with over 100 locations throughout British Columbia. Coates passed away unexpectedly at the age of 65. 

Coates founded the company with his partner Ray Lord in 1974. Coates bought out his partner in the early 1980s. The company currently employs approximately 1,500 people. 
He was the recipient of the prestigious AIA Distinguished Service Award in 2011. Brad Morris, AIA Past Chairman, presented the award and noted Coates’ leadership and innovative business thinking. 
“Ed Coates has been a supporter of many industry and community projects over the years,” said Morris. “His personal support for a number of causes, both in the industry and in his community, reflects the corporate values that Lordco has become well-known for.” 
Coates is survived by his mother Shirley; wife Marlyn, daughter Samantha, daughter Sarah (Garret), son Ian (Erin), daughter Candace (Brian); grandkids Natalie, Brooklyn, Dylan, Sydney, Josh, Harper and Delaney; Brother Dave (Carol), Sister Chick (John); Sister Evelyn (Don); Brother Doug (Lornie), several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews.

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