DAILY NEWS Feb 8, 2013 3:34 PM - 1 comment

Clay Buzzard Passes at 87

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Clay E. Buzzard, former Uni-Select board member and chairman and chief executive officer of Middle Atlantic Warehouse Distributor Inc (MAWDI) from 1963 until 2004 when Uni-Select purchased the comapny, passed away on February 7th at the age of 87.

While Buzzard left the board in May 2012, he remained very active in the business during his time on the board and contributed significantly to Uni-Select’s success. He maintained a close relationship with the employees, customers and industry leaders during his entire career.

Buzzard is described as a true pioneer and leader in the industry who loved the aftermarket. He was known as a kind, passionate, hardworking, and charismatic person who brought people together and gave them the opportunity to succeed in business and in life.

Buzzard was also chairman and chief executive officer of Clarit Realty Ltd. and the chairman of AWDA University Foundation. He received many honours during his career, being recognized the Leader of the Year by the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association in 1996, awarded the Hall of Fame by the New York State Automotive Aftermarket Association in 2000 and the Automotive Aftermarket Education Award by the Northwood University in 2003.

Less than a month ago, Clay Buzzard, along with 17 of his fellow veterans, was awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal. The French Legion of Honor Medal is given to US veterans who helped in the liberation of France during World War II. This Medal was created to celebrate extraordinary contributions to the country, and is France’s highest distinction.

After serving in the US Army during Second World War, he married his beloved wife Rita and shared 65 wonderful years of marriage with her.

Services will be held in Buffalo, NY.

Visitation will be on Friday February 15th from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM at:

Amigone Funeral Home

5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst NY 14221


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Tom Thibert

I was fortunate to be one of Clay's long time friends and business "gumba". We traveled the world together, played golf on many great courses and shard many family times together with our wives Gwenn and Rita and the children Jim, Rick, Bob, Carrol and John Evenoka and all the grand children! To the family may I offer my sincerest synpathy for your loss. The automotive industry, the communities, the families he touched will always remember and admire the accountant from Tonawada, NY!

Tom & Gwenn Thibert

Posted February 11, 2013 06:07 AM

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