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News   September 26, 2012   by CARS Magazine

Prenco founder dies while visiting Czech Republic

Stanley P. Viezner (Senior) succumbed Sept. 14, 2012 to sudden and short illness


The founder of Prenco Progress and Engineering Corporation Limited has died.

Stanley P. Viezner (Senior) succumbed Sept. 14, 2012 to sudden and short illness while visiting his homeland, Czech Republic.

A press release from Prenco, which describes Viezner as “our father, our leader, our friend,” noted that “Senior left nothing on the table of life.”

“I will miss his undeniable passion for the business and his love of this company,” wrote sales director Paul McCarney. “I often marveled at the stats and figures he could cite without the need or use of a laptop, tablet, or smart phone.”

Mr. Viesner was a month short of his 88th birthday. He will be sorely missed by his wife and life partner of 58 years Erica (Chmel), brother-in-law Thomas Chmel, son Stanley Jr. and wife Susan, daughter Marie Manzac and husband Jean-Paul Manzac (Czech Republic), daughter Erica Jana Viezner and Jason Fulton, grandchildren Josef, Lucie and Marek Viezner, Filip Manzac (Czech Republic) and Asha Fulton, as well as many close relatives, friends and associates both here in Canada, Czech Republic and around the world.

Escaping communism in Czechoslovakia, Stanley arrived in Canada in 1950 with no financial means. After fulfilling his one year farm work contract in Strathroy, Ont., he moved to Toronto where he found construction work in a design company and where he met his future wife in 1952. Soon after that he began to excel in the field of commerce and sales, which was his expertise.

Long a major player in the early Canadian hydraulics industry, he pioneered the Canadian import automotive business in the early 60’s as post war imports gained popularity. Never losing his down to earth touch, and always one to be "one up – in the art of salesmanship", his marketing and sales prowess helped to successfully develop Prenco Progress and Engineering Corporation Limited, into one of the major distributors and manufacturers of import automotive aftermarket parts in Canada and the United States. He was a great Salesman, Mentor and Motivator, and leaves behind a great Prenco team.

He will be remembered at a special service on Tuesday October 2nd 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Masaryktown, in the Praha Restaurant, 450 Scarborough Golf Club Road, Toronto. In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to his preferred charity The Trillium Health Centre Foundation, 100 Queensway West, Mississauga, ON, L5B 1B8.

 

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