In Memoriam: Randy Sarchuk, 1960-2022

Regina, Saskatchewan — Randall “Randy” Sarchuk, automotive painter and former paint rep for Reineking Paint and Color Compass, has died. Randy’s family announced his untimely passing last Friday; he died on March 12, 2022, at 61 years old. Randy was a longtime member of the automotive aftermarket and a familiar face to collision repairers in […]

In Memoriam: Sean O’Regan of O’Regan Automotive Group dies at 53

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia — The Canadian collision repair community shared a tremendous loss last week as news came to light that Sean O’Regan, CEO of O’Regan’s Automotive Group, died of a heart attack on Thursday at the age of 53. O’Regan was the third-generation CEO of his family’s company and his passing coincides exactly to […]

Farewell Frank: Linamar founder Frank Hasenfratz dead at 86

Guelph, Ontario — Frank Hasenfratz, founder of Guelph, Ontario-based auto parts manufacturer Linamar, has died at the age of 86 years old. Hasenfratz, a survivor of the Hungarian Revolution, was surrounded by family as he finished his battle with cancer on Saturday. Using his skills as a toolmaker and machinist, Hasenfratz managed to start a […]

In Memoriam: Bob Greenwood of Automotive Aftermarket E-Learning Centre dies, 71

Surrey, British Columbia — The Canadian automotive aftermarket bids farewell to Bob Greenwood, 71, president and CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket E-Learning Centre, who died of a heart attack in Surrey, B.C. last Thursday. This news was first reported by Auto Service World. A coach to many, Greenwood wielded a powerful voice in the automotive […]

In Memoriam: Remember aftermarket veteran Jack Kligman

Burlington, Ontario — The Canadian collision repair community joins together in sending off Jack Kligman, veteran of the automotive aftermarket, who died on  August 18, 2021 at the age of 75. Jack Samuel Kligman spent more than 35 years in the automotive aftermarket working as National Sales Manager for six equipment manufacturers over his career. […]

In Memoriam: Ken Timson

Ken Timson.

Caledonia, Ontario — January 12, 2017 — It is with great regret that we must report the passing of Ken Timson, former owner and operator of Ken Timson Auto Body in Caledonia, Ontario. The son of Ain and Jean Timson, Ken is remembered and mourned by Patricia, his wife of 56 years and his children […]

In Memoriam: Cal Sanders of U-Pol

Cal Sanders was the founder of U-POL USA and an active participant in many committees and industry programs.

Stockertown, Pennsylvania — November 16, 2016 — It is with great regret that we must report the passing of Cal Sanders. Sanders was the founder of U-POL USA, a manufacturer of automotive refinishing products specializing in fillers, coatings, aerosols, adhesives and paint related products. However, many in the industry knew Sanders personally from his years […]

In Memoriam: Ron Postma

Ron Postma passed away unexpectedly at his cottage. Postma was an autobody instructor for many years at Robert Bateman High School in Burlington.

Burlington, Ontario — July 11, 2016 — It is with deep regret that we must report the passing of Ron Postma. A true champion of the collision repair industry, Postma was an instructor with Robert Bateman High School in Burlington, Ontario. He was well-known for his tireless efforts to help students enter and thrive in […]

In Memoriam: Carmen Demarte

Carmen Demarte of icoat passed away recently at his home.

Cambridge, Ontario — February 29. 2016 — It is with deep regret that we must report the passing of Carmen Demarte. Many in the Canadian repair industry knew Demarte from his work with icoat. “The icoat family grieves at the loss of this tremendous friend and mentor,” says Wayne Brayd of icoat. “Carm will be missed […]