Denis Bellemore, a key figure at NAPA as a vice-president and the driving force behind the CMAX paint store operations, passed away in September. He was 50.
He was also a member of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada’s board of directors and its PBE Council.
An enthusiastic supporter of the industry and a strong participant in industry events both as a sponsor and a volunteer, he was regarded as a positive force in the industry.
Bellemore disappeared from his Montreal home on Friday, September 11 while on his way to the barber. His body was found four days later on September 15 in the St. Lawrence River.
He had been coping well with multiple sclerosis for years and had reportedly been at home recuperating from a single-car accident during the week before his disappearance. Reports say that he had blacked out while at the wheel and may have been disoriented following the accident.
His funeral was held at the Rideau Funeral Home in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que. on Monday September 21. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.