IN MEMORY

Tiretown Corvette Club has been blessed with tremendous members through the years. Here we remember some who have passed.



Bill Quine - d2012

William J. (Bill) Quine, 65, a truck equipment sales manager and account executive for major Northern Ohio truck distributors, died at his home in Tallmadge on January 24, 2012 after a lengthy battle against lung cancer.

A native of Cuyahoga Falls and a resident of Tallmadge for 21 years, Bill was nationally recognized in the field of Corvette club racing. He-along with his wife, Margaret Quine- for many years competed in a series of annual competitions for national racing points, conducted by the National Council of Corvette Clubs. Bill was a long-time member of that organization and, beginning in 1978, held the presidency of Akron's Tiretown Corvette Club eight times, longer than any other member. The club last summer celebrated its 50th anniversary.

"Bill was the driving force behind the organized success of amateur Corvette club racing in the Akron area for many, many years," said John Taube, a Tallmadge neighbor and long-time Corvette Club friend. Taube recalled that when Bill was manager of Bruno's Wine Barrel in the early 1970s, he gave a wine-tasting demonstration at a Corvette Club event that led to his eventually joining the group.

Bill was a past president of the Akron Traffic Club and the Akron chapter of Delta Nu Alpha, the national transportation fraternity, and served on the board of directors of the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce.

A graduate of St. Joseph Grade School in Cuyahoga Falls, Bill attended Hoban High School and graduated from Poland (Ohio) High. He served in Vietnam in the mid-1960s as a U.S. Army analyst-interrogator. He then embarked on a wide-ranging career path in the trucking and transportation industry as an account executive with Pacific Inter-Mountain Express in Akron and Richfield, as an assistant terminal manager with Werner Continental in Cleveland and as an account executive with C.F. Airfreight in Cleveland.

It was with Werner Continental that Bill took a ten-month leave, assigned to Copenhagen, Denmark, as part of a three-person consulting team to reduce shipyard terminal costs at international ports-of-call.

He joined Cenweld Corporation in Cuyahoga Falls in 1984 as sales manager for a company representing 300 manufacturers with more than 3,000 truck equipment products. He left in 2002 to join Fallsway Equipment in Akron and was product manager for commercial equipment at the time of his death.

"Bill was an extremely caring and compassionate person to his family and friends. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. I had first-hand experience with this character trait as a grade school and high school classmate, and as his long-distance friend from Oregon," said Jim Dougherty.

Bill is survived by his wife of 21 years, Margaret "Peggy" Quine; sons, Aaron Quine (Angie) of Medina, Ohio, and Michael Quine (Mary) of Des Moines, Iowa; step-daughters, Pamela Wilde (Steve) and Teresa Sroka (Dale) of Akron and Molly Gallop (Ron) of Traverse City, Mich.; step-son, David Poole (Dina) of Pittsburgh; brothers, Frank Quine (Mary Ellen) of Reston, Virginia, Tom Quine of Munroe Falls and John Quine (Linda) of Akron; sisters, Ellen Hill and Anne Quine.

In lieu of other remembrances, memorial donations may be made to FCOA, S68 W17323 Rossmar Court, Muskego, Wis. 53150-8575.

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Geoffrey Gott - d2011

Geoffrey H. Gott, 64, of Green passed away suddenly on September 28, 2011. Geoffrey was born in Albany, N.Y. on April 24, 1947 living most of his life in the Green Area. He was a graduate of Green High School class of 1965, retired from Prospect Mold (Akromold) after 44 years of service and was a member of the Tiretown Corvette Club. He is survived by his loving children, Becky (Mark) Malone, Kelli (Mike) Headley and Travis McCown; brothers, Daniel, David (Karen) and Jonathan (Karen) Gott; grandchildren, Evan and Jacob Malone, Gabe and Sydney Headley.

Memorial contributions can be made in Geoffrey's name to the Tiretown Corvette Club, P.O. Box 331, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 to be used to purchase a memorial brick at the Corvette Museum.
Bill Stafford - d2011

Born in Akron, Bill lived in Lakemore all of his life. He was retired after 42 years of service from Omnova Solutions and served the Village of Lakemore for 40 years as a volunteer firefighter retiring as assistant chief. Bill was a member of Tiretown Corvette Club, Wayfarer Masonic Lodge No. 0789 F&AM, Lakemore United Methodist Church, a former member of AVCCO and a social member of the Army Navy Garrison #273 in Lakemore. He was an amazing man who could do anything! Bill's family and friends were his life. He would be there at a moment's notice for a friend in need and everyone was his friend. Bill would magically lay his hands on an injured vehicle and it would be healed. One was never safe from his pranks when the rubber snake was around! Daddy, we love you and you will be sorely missed.

Preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Janet (Wilson); father, William Stafford, Sr. and mother, Lucille (Rouse); he is survived by his daughters, Kimberly (Timothy) Urbach and Gwendolyn (Bill) Erskine; grandchildren, Sandra and Hannah Urbach; sister, Sandra Stafford; and most cherished friend, Alice Morgan.