MacMillans founder passes away


Ken MacMillan, president and founder of MacMillans Car Dealer Supplies, passed away peacefully at his home on Dec. 18.

MacMillan, who had spent decades working in the auto industry, was 91.

“The automotive industry has lost an icon,” the company told Canadian AutoWorld. “He will be greatly missed by family, staff members and friends.”

Best known for the company bearing his name, he started MacMillans in 1974 and sold a variety of products to car and truck dealers for more than 30 years. Despite getting on in years, he would continue to drive himself into the office every day still looking proper in a suit and tie.

Prior to founding his company, he worked as vice-president of Arndt Palmer Chemicals where he held reconditioning clinics for Ford, General Motors and Chrysler in the 1960s.

Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, MacMillan was a father of four, grandfather to seven and great grandfather of three.

If you have a story to share about him, the MacMillan family and staff would love to hear it, please send an email to

A memorial service will be held at the Glen Oaks Visitation and Reception Centre, 3164 9th Line (403/Dundas) in Oakville, Ont. on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at 2 pm. A private funeral will be conducted at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to the Canadian Cancer Society.