Shortly before Christmas, Rema Tip Top shared the sad news that Andy Homer passed away on 17 December, aged just 56. Derek Myers, managing director of Rema Tip Top Automotive South Africa, wrote that as well as being lovingly remembered by his son and family, Andy “will also forever be remembered by his numerous extended families, business colleagues and dear friends.”
Philip P. “Phil” Friedlander Jr., retired executive vice president of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association (NTDRA), died 2 June 2020, from Covid-19 having endured several life-threatening illnesses. He was 90.
Roy Croft, who was managing director of Stapleton’s for most of the second half of the twentieth century, died with family at his side at the age of 89 on Sunday 7 October following a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Jean.
Richard Sermon, MBE, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights and Chairman the Wheelwrights’ Charity, the NTDA’s chosen charity, died on 2 September after a short illness.
Sermon was a major advocate for closer engagement between the ancient craft of the Wheelwrights and the modern-day tyre industry, he actively encouraged tyre industry professionals to join the Wheelwrights, attended NTDA events and supported the establishment of the annual NTDA Tyre Technician of the Year Award.
Tributes are being made to Job van Vliet, the founder and owner of the Inter-Sprint Group, who died on Thursday 30 August at the age of 77.
Under his leadership Inter-Sprint grew to become one of the largest tyre wholesalers in Europe, with group businesses including De Sprint Autobanden, Inter-Tire and the Bandenexpress. In 2014 the company bought Van de Ban Banden. At the same time the companies he founded grew, van Vliet himself also prospered eventually becoming one of the hundred richest people in the Netherlands, according to Quote magazine.
Ding Yuhua, Triangle Tyre’s chairman, died on 13 June 2018 at the age of 70. In addition to running the large Chinese tyre manufacturer, Ding Yuhua, was deputy to the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th Chinese National People’s Congress, deputy to the 8th and 9th Shandong Provincial People’s Congress, member of Weihai People’s Congress Standing Committee and senior vice president of China Rubber Industry Association (CRIA).
Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. co-founder Joyce Newton, the matriarch of the company, has passed away at the age of 85. “The thoughts and prayers of Hoosier Tire employees and Distributors are with Joyce’s family,” the company said in a statement.
Harvey Brodsky, the former managing director of TRIB and founder of RTA, died on 17 September following complication from lung cancer. Brodsky had been diagnosed in March and given two to three weeks to live, but fought the illness for another six months.
Continental has reported the untimely death of Alexander Bahlmann, who headed communications and public relations for passenger car and light truck tyres within the company’s Tire division. Bahlmann died suddenly last Friday, aged just 46.