Knight Auto Group president dead at 78

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REGINA, SASK. – Ted Knight, the Saskatchewan dealer and former chairman of the Canadian Automobile Dealers’ Association, died last week after a five-year battle with cancer.

He was 78 years old.

Knight was born in Selkirk, Man., in 1939. While he certainly made a name for himself in the automotive industry, hockey appeared to be his first passion. As a member of the Winnipeg Braves, he won the Memorial Cup in 1958 – that team was later inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

His passion for hockey continued when in 1986, he joined Bill Hicke, Morley Gusway, Jack Nichol and Huddy Bell in purchasing the Regina Pats from Herb Pinder. He was a co-owner for 10 years.

Knight’s life in automotive started when he joined Traders Finance. After promotions and positions that saw him move to Regina and then Medicine Hat, he as recruited to Chrysler Credit in Regina in 1968 and became branch manager in 1973.

His work on the retail side started in 1976 when he bought into Regina’s Crestview Chrysler. He became the sole owner and dealer principal a year later.

Knight, along with his sons Kevin and Kyle, built the Knight Automotive Group into a network of 10 locations representing 10 brands throughout Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba. He was named chairman of the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association in 1996.

He is survived by his first wife Marlene; his wife of the last 24 years, Suzanne; his children, Tracey (Brock) Szakacs, Kevin (Erinn), and Kyle. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Erik, Irelynd, and Cambri Szakacs, Chloe, Carter, Caden, and Charlie Knight.

Friends wishing to make a donation in Ted’s memory are invited to give to the Salvation Army, 2240 13th Avenue, Regina, SK., S4P 3M7.