Bob Beattie: 1936 - 2012

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The Used Car Dealers Association of Ontario says its long-time executive director Bob Beattie has died.

Beattie was a respected and influential figure in Ontario’s motor vehicle sales industry.

Along with six other used car dealers, Bob founded the UCDA in 1984.

“Since then, he has taken the association from its humble beginnings and transformed it over the past 28 years into the single largest motor vehicle dealer association in North America,” the UCDA said in a posting on its website.

“He led the UCDA over three decades through every important development in the Ontario used vehicle industry, working tirelessly with government, regulators and other industry stakeholders on behalf of Ontario motor vehicle dealers.”

Beattie ensured that the voice of the used vehicle industry was influential in development and implementation of industry self management in 1996 and the new Motor Vehicle Dealers Act regulations, which came into effect in 2010.

“The importance of Bob Beattie to this association, and the significance of his loss to Ontario’s motor vehicle sales industry, cannot be overstated.”

The UCDA said he will be sorely missed and that the association will carry on to “continue his vision of enhancing the used vehicle industry in Ontario.”

Visitation will take place at Turner and Porter, Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. West Toronto, Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.

The funeral service will be held at St. Georges on-the-Hill Anglican Church, 4600 Dundas St. West, Toronto, Friday at 1:30 p.m.

A reception will follow at the Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Road, Toronto 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.