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April 11, 2017

In Memoriam: Founder of Canadian Automotive Fleet Magazine

John Ernest (Jake) McLaughlin, the founder and publisher of Canadian Automotive Fleet magazine, which was created as a joint venture with Bobit Business Media, passed away on March 29 in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

April 10, 2017

In Memoriam: Retired Merchants Strategic Account Manager Gaffney

Dana Gaffney, retired strategic account manager for Merchants Fleet Management, passed away on March 25 from lung cancer. She was 60. During her career in fleet leasing, Gaffney worked for Kayser Leasing, Velcor, ULTEA, and ALD Automotive USA.

April 10, 2017

In Memoriam: Retired Wheels Regional Sales Manager Olson

Mary Olson, retired regional sales manager for Wheels Inc., died after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 60. Olson had a 42-year career in the fleet leasing and management industry, including Lend Lease and GE Capital Fleet Services.

April 8, 2017

In Memoriam: Former AFLA President McNulty

Jim McNulty, past president of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) and more recently the owner of Lone Star Auto Auction in Lubbock, Texas, passed away on March 9, 2017, from complications of esophageal cancer.

April 6, 2017

In Memoriam: Chrysler Fleet Sales Specialist Abratowski

Ed Abratowski, a fleet account specialist who worked for Chrysler for more than four decades, passed away at his Sterling Heights, Mich. home on March 18. He was 80.

March 9, 2017

In Memoriam: Ford Fleet Zone Manager Brian Grozier

Brian Grozier, fleet zone manager for Fleet Service Organization of Ford Motor Co. in the Barnstable/Yarmouth, Mass. area, and who worked for the automaker for almost 33 years, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 18. He was 58.

February 11, 2017

In Memoriam: Fleet Sales Manager Diana Reed

Diana Reed, retired fleet sales manager, passed away on Feb. 8, 2017. She was 73. During her fleet sales career, Reed worked for Tom Naquin Chevrolet in Elkhart, Ind.; Jordan Automotive Group in Mishawaka, Ind.; and Kenny Kent Auto in Evansville, Ind.

February 6, 2017

In Memoriam: Past AFLA President Jim Conner

Jim Conner, the founding president of James W. Conner Fleet Services, a fleet vehicle buying service, and a past president of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA), died on Jan. 24, following a long battle with cancer.

December 20, 2016

In Memoriam: Wheels Exec Ted Less

Ted Less, a long-time Wheels executive passed away on Dec. 11. He was 86. Less retired from Wheels Inc. in 1995 as a senior vice president. He spent all but three years of his entire working career at Wheels Inc., which he joined in 1958 as truck leasing manager.

November 17, 2016

In Memoriam: Auto Safety Crusader Clarence Ditlow

Ditlow, both an attorney and an engineer, had served as executive director of the Center for Auto Safety since 1976.

August 1, 2016

In Memoriam: Automotive Industry Veteran John Schuetz

John Schuetz, a principal in The RSH Group and automotive veteran who worked for Ford Motor Co., Kia, Fiat/Iveco, and Daewoo, passed away on July 25.

May 20, 2016

In Memoriam: GE Capital Fleet's Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson, a long-time employee of GELCO and GE Capital Fleet Services, passed away suddenly on Feb. 16, 2016. He was 65.

May 20, 2016

In Memoriam: GE Capital Fleet's Carl LaForest

Carl LaForest, a long-time former employee of McCullagh Leasing and GE Capital Fleet Services, died suddenly on March 7. He was 58.

May 16, 2016

In Memoriam: PHH Executive Sam Penn

Sam Penn, a retired PHH executive, died of complications from cancer April 18. He was 81.

March 31, 2016

Former GM Fleet Exec Shepherd Dies

Jim Shepherd, retired General Motors fleet account executive for Northern California, passed away on Feb. 3. He was 73.

November 30, 2015

Former GELCO Corporate Counsel Bell Dies

John "Jack" Bell passed away on Nov. 19, after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 77 years old.

November 3, 2015

Former Fleet Manager of the Year Giacchi Dies

Former fleet manager and president of Giacchi & Violi Transport Ltd., Sal Giacchi, CAFM, CFM, died Nov. 2. He was 65 years old.

October 15, 2015

Long-Time AFLA Member Dies

Paul West, who worked at Industrial Leasing and Donlen, passed away on May 4 in Greensburg, Pa.

September 21, 2015

First Fleet Manager of the Year Award Winner Dies

Jack Lamb, the first professional fleet manager employed by Exxon and the first-ever winner of Automotive Fleet's Professional Fleet Manager of the Year Award in 1985, passed away in Houston Sept. 16. He was 85.

July 1, 2015

Former Nabisco Fleet Manager, Industry Leader Feirer Dies

A. Warren Feirer, retired Nabisco Brands Inc.’s fleet manager, former NAFA president, and 2014 Automotive Fleet Hall of Fame nominee, died on June 24. He was 83.

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