Committed to remembering those who served Maryland's automobile industry.

In Memoriam

MADA regrets to report the loss of the following men and women who helped shape our local industry into the economic powerhouse that it is today in Maryland.  We honor their legacy... 

Joseph Herson
(April 17, 1929 - August 8, 2014)
MADA regrets to report the passing of former member, Joseph Herson, formerly of the Manhattan Auto Group in Bethesda, MD.

Gary Higgins
MADA is sad to announce the passing of longtime fixed operations director Gary Higgins of the DARCARS Group, on July 26, 2014.

Ralph Frisbee

(October 10, 1944-July 20, 2014)

 MADA is sad to announce the passing of WANADA publications and marketing chief, Ralph Frisbee,  July 20, 2014. Ralph was also the husband of fellow WANADA office manager and Board liaison, Trish Frisbee. 

Frank Anechiarico  

MADA reports the passing of former dealer member, Frank Anechiarico, on June 27, 2014.

Vernon J. Jones 

(August 22, 1925 - June 16, 2014)

MADA reports the passing of Bel Air dealer, Vernon Jones, of Jones Toyota Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Bel Air, MD.

Betty Jane Tate

(March 26, 1928 - November 2, 2013)  

MADA regrets to inform our members of the passing on November 2, 2013 of Betty Jane Tate, wife of dealer member, Creston G. Tate.

Robert W. Banning

(March 10, 1927-June 6, 2013)

MADA reports with sadness the passing of longtime Washington area dealer and former MADA member Robert W. Banning, of Bob Banning Motors.

Carmela Trasatti

(December 18, 1933-February 17, 2013)

MADA regrets to inform our members of the passing of Carmela Trasatti, of Crofton, MD.  Ms. Trasatti was the wife of former MADA Chairman, Vincent Trasatti, Sr., of East West Lincoln in Landover Hills, MD.

F. Steven Russel
MADA reports the passing of Baltimore dealer, Steven Russel, of Russel Toyota on Sunday, July 22, 2012.

E. Burns McLindon

MADA is sad to announce the passing of E. Burns McLindon, of MADA Associate Member, Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell on May 28, 2012.

Stanley Kaufman

MADA reports the passing of dealer member, Stanley Kaufman, on Sunday, April 22, 2012.  A longtime member of MADA, Stanley served as Chairman of the Board from 1972-1974 and represented Maryland as the 1981 TIME Magazine Quality Dealer of the Year Award nominee.    

Clarence C. Boyle, Sr.

(March 11, 1927-March 27, 2012)           

MADA reports the passing of dealer member, Clarence C. Boyle, Sr., of Boyle Buick GMC Truck in Abigndon, MD.

Jerome Fader
MADA reports the passing of Jerome (Jerry) Fader, of Heritage "Mile One" Dealerships, on November 19, 2011.

William Thomas Ptaszynski

(December 30, 1944 – October 25, 2011)

MADA reports the passing of former MADA dealer member, William Thomas Ptaszynski, of Miller Motors Buick which closed in 2008.

Norman G. "Mutt" Burdette

(June 6, 1920-September 2, 2011)

MADA is sad to announce the passing of Norman G. “Mutt” Burdette, longtime dealer of Burdette Brothers Pontiac.

Robert L. Bell

(March 5, 1933 – July 10, 2011)

MADA reports the passing of Robert Bell of the Bob Bell Automotive Group.  Mr. Bell, a former MADA Board member and TIME Magazine Quality Dealer of the Year nominee and finalist, was a true leader in our local industry.

Sam Weaver, Sr.

It is with sadness that MADA announces the passing of Sam Weaver, Sr.  He died the morning of April 6, 2011 at the Kline Hospice House of complications arising from Lewy Body Dementia. He was 78.

Sam Sr. was a career automobile man, having spent 51 years at Chevy Chase Chevrolet specializing in truck sales. He earned numerous awards and recognitions including being one of the nation’s top 10 Chevrolet truck salesman. He was credited with starting Chevy Chase’s first truck department which grew and prospered under his leadership of more than 20 years. He retired at age 75 and never stopped worrying about his customer’s automotive needs until the end. He is a true legend in the automotive industry.

Sam is survived by his wife of 59 years, Doris. Three children, Terry, Linda and Sam, Jr., four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many other family members, friends and customers.

Should anyone wish to make and expression of sympathy, it is the family’s request that contributions in Sam’s name be made to The Maryland Automobile Dealers Association Foundation (MADAF), 7 State Circle, Suite 301, Annapolis, MD 21401.

MADAF’S mission is to provide educational benefits to those wishing career opportunities in the
Maryland automobile industry. MADAF will fund such benefits through charity events and memorial opportunities in the name and memory of Maryland automobile industry leaders and pioneers.
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