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Thursday January 30

Charlie Hewitt of Canada's AIA Dies

It is with deep regret that AIA learned of the passing of Charlie Hewitt, Gorge Auto Supply, Victoria, BC. Charlie Hewitt served as the Chairman of the Board of the Association from 1988 to 1989.

It was during Charlie Hewitt’s tenure at AIA that the association was able to obtain its first Permit of Exemption for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods and that the first AIA TDG correspondence course was developed.

"As a small businessman, Charlie understood the value of the association for jobbers," said AIA President Ray Datt. "Charlie was a wonderful individual and the aftermarket will miss him dearly."

Also during his tenure as Chairman, AIA staff managed the Canadian International Automotive Show for the first time. Records were set for attendance that year. In addition, the association launched its first version of the Car Maintenance in Canada Report in 1988.

Charlie Hewitt began his 50-year automotive aftermarket career as an apprentice machinist. Following a period in the electronics wholesaling industry, he opened Gorge Auto Supply in 1979.

In addition to his four-year term on the AIA Executive Committee, progressing from 2nd Vice Chairman to 1st Vice-Chairman to Chairman and then Immediate Past Chairman, Charlie was an active AIA volunteer in many other areas. He was the driving force behind the establishment of the Vancouver Island Division of AIA.

In addition to his passion for the automotive aftermarket, Charlie was an avid boating enthusiast and trumpet player.

The Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) is the voice and resource for the automotive aftermarket industry in Canada. AIA’s mandate is to promote, educate and represent members in all areas that impact the growth and prosperity of the industry.

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