Some 200 people attended the memorial service of automotive aftermarket icon Fred Shaddick in Owen Sound, Ont.,
Fred Shaddick, “Shad” as he was more commonly known, had a long history in the automotive aftermarket but is remembered by most as the founder of the Shad’s R&R fund raising event for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada.
Founded 32 years ago, the event has raised more than $2.9 million dollars for research.
Shaddick, who passed away July 7 at the age of 73, was born in Calgary, Alberta and attended school in Red Deer.
He received his Paratrooper Wings while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces and became a member of the Calgary Police Force for six years before becoming a sales representative with Schenley Distillers.
His lifetime career in the automotive aftermarket industry began with Monroe Auto Equipment in 1963 as the sales representative for Southern Alberta. He was named sales manager in 1971 and promoted to vice-president of sales for Canada in 1972. In 1979, he was named a director of Tenneco Canada Corporation.
From 1986 until his retirement in 1988, he was the vice-president of customer and industry relations with Tenneco Automotive.
Following his career with Monroe Auto Equipment, Shaddick accepted a position with the City of Owen Sound as the economic development director and held this position until 1993. During his retirement, he resided in both the Owen Sound area and in Pompano Beach, Florida.
He will be sadly missed by his family: his loving companion, Rosemary Southworth; sister, Deanna; daughter, Barbara (Duane);son, Brad (Angie);and five grandchildren(Amanda, Benjamin, Kendra, Kayla and Connor).
Donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada or to the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.
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