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In Memoriam

Posted on October 1, 2003 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

Rudolph “Rudy” Spezzano
An industry veteran who founded Rudy’s Limousine Service of Cos Cob, Conn., died at the age of 80. Spezzano founded Rudy’s Limousine Service in 1957. The company now operates the 38th largest fleet in North America, as ranked by LCT.

“My father started with one car and built the company up slowly from word of mouth,” said his son, Gary. “It just blossomed from there.”

Spezzano turned over leadership of the company to his son, Roy, in the late 1980s, but continued to closely follow the industry, according to Gary.

Spezzano is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carol; sons, Rudy, Roy, and Gary; a daughter, Linda; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to Hospice by the Sea, 1531 W. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton, Fla. 33486-3395.

Larry Strauser
The founder of Limo King Enterprises of Palos Hills, Ill., and the father of Limo Bob, died at the age of 68.

The man Limo Bob refers to as “the Godfather of the King of Limos” bought his first limousine from billionaire store mogul Marshall Fields thinking it would make for a nice family wagon. Neighbors and friends soon started asking to rent the trademark green-colored limousine, and Limo King Enterprises was born.

Mabel Meguiar
The matriarch of Meguiar’s car care family and oldest stockholding member of Meguiar’s, died in Newport Beach, Calif., at the age of 86.

She was married for 65 years to the late Malcolm Meguiar, a chemist who, along with his father Frank Jr., formulated the car polishes and cleaners.

She is survived by sons Larry and Barry, the current president and CEO of Meguiar’s.

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