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Feature   March 25, 2010   by CARS Magazine

DIVING ACCIDENT CLAIMS THE LIFE OF PAUL DOSSMAN

Much-admired jobber passes away while vacationing in Cuba.


Paul Dossman – an Owen Sound, Ont. jobber hailed by many as an asset to the automotive aftermarket and a strong proponent of training – passed away in late February.
Dossman,VP and general manager of KC Automotive, died as a result of a scuba diving accident while vacationing with his wife and friends in Cuba.
He is warmly remembered by colleagues.
Reid Ferguson, VP of Auto Sense Auto Parts, says Dossman was “a great friend to everyone in our organization. He cared about his family, his staff, his suppliers – he’d call his teammates ‘amigos.’ He was always involved in a whole pile of different causes.”
Consultant Bob Greenwood remembers Dossman as “one of the most unique and down-to-earth persons I have ever known in this industry. We would discuss for hours the issues of the industry over a few beers. His eyes would light up when industry issues came up and he would shake his head at the number of companies that don’t ‘get it,’ asking, ‘why can’t they see it and get onboard to make the industry better?’”
Greenwood says Dossman would constantly “question and challenge me” because he wanted to better understand the business and “because he really cared…. Paul ‘got it.’”
Greenwood adds Dossman wanted the aftermarket to be a better place for all “and if he could help, he did so without reservation because he truly loved the people he worked with and did business with.”
Dossman also took an interest in seeing KC clients move forward.
“He wanted the next generation of school students to come into the aftermarket and embrace what we had to offer,” says Greenwood. “He donated so much time to the schooling system… because he believed in it.”
“Paul approached life with great passion and humour,” adds AIA president Marc Brazeau. “He was a dedicated volunteer who committed a great deal of his time, energy and love of the industry to projects like the AIA Student Aftermarket Day at Georgian College.”
 


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