Reuben Fenwick, founder and retired president of Fenwick Automotive Products, passed away Wednesday morning. He celebrated his 79th birthday this past Monday.
Fenwick, who founded the remanufacturing organization in 1949 as a two-man clutch shop in downtown Toronto, was instrumental in bringing the family-owned organization to become one of North America’s leading remanufacturers.
“I look around the shop and sense pride in the work in each and every one of our associates,” Fenwick said on the occasion of the company’s 50th anniversary in 1999. “From cores to finished good, it’s this kind of dedication and integrity that have always kept our quality improving and our business growing.”
Today the orgnazation has a production facility employing 800 in Toronto, as well as six Canadian satellite warehouses and one in the U.S.
Reuben Fenwick was also instrumental in setting the tone of the organization’s charitable involvement.
Today the organization and family support more than 40 charitable organizations, but it has a particuarly strong involvement in the Starlight Children’s Foundation. The foundation grants special wishes to seriously and terminally ill children. The organization also provides in-hospital to support and counselling to families.
Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, March 19, 10:00 a.m. at Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel – 2401 Steeles Ave. W. Toronto, Ontario, (located west of Dufferin at the corner of Steeles and Alness).Local Phone: (416) 663-9060, Toll Free: (800) 579-9060 (No flowers please.)
Donation towards the Reuben Fenwick Memorial Fund can be sent to the
following: Attention of Ms. Maila Jorge, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation 190 Elizabeth Street, 1S-419, Toronto, ON M5G 2C4. Donationw will also be accepted by phone at 416-340-3976