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: Jacques Lavigne of Intact Auto Insurance

Montreal, Quebec –– Jacques Lavigne, longtime member of Canada’s automotive aftermarket through Intact Auto Insurance, has died. He was 67. Lavigne died on September 14, 2021. He was an instrumental force in the creation of Intact Insurance’s Rely Shop network and an active member of the sector. The Lavigne family will be hosting a service […]

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: Richard Bannister, founder of RS Finishing Systems

Toronto, Ontario — Richard Bannister, the founder of RS Finishing Systems, passed away last Friday, August 13 with family by his side after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Richard (Dick) Bannister was a well-known face in the industry, having come from Spraybake UK to Canada in 1986 and launching the Aurora, Ontario-based RS Finishing Systems […]

Mourning Maslack: John Maslack, founder of Maslack Supply dies at the age of 95

Sudbury, Ontario — John Maslack, the founder and owner of automotive and industrial supplier, Maslack Supply died at his Long Lake home on Aug. 12. He was 95.  From the humble beginnings of a 5,000 square foot facility with three employees, Maslack expanded his company to include 13 locations across Ontario, employing over 200 people.  Maslack built […]

In Memoriam: James David Power III, founder of J.D. Power

Toronto, Ontario — J.D. Power has announced the death of its founder and retired chairman, James David Power III, who died this weekend at the age of 89. “The world has lost a true pioneer and we have lost a visionary spirit that has continued to inspire, inform and galvanize our company’s growth for over 50 […]