John Cox - "Coxy" to everyone who knew him - passed away earlier this week.
On Monday, he had headed down to the lobby of the Colonnade in mid-town Toronto where he lived to buy a newspaper and a coffee, when he collapsed. He died later that day due to an aneurism. As his son Bradley says, "He was always in a hurry to get somewhere."
Coxy was born in London England on May 18, 1931. Prize-fighter, military policeman, male model, race car driver, father, grandfather and party-thrower extraordinaire, he was best known to most as perhaps the ultimate car salesman, flogging everything - literally - from Lada to Rolls-Royce.
But Jaguar was his first love. At various times he owned and/or managed some of the biggest and most successful Jaguar retailers in Canada.
We'll have more on this remarkable man in Wheels next week.
Meanwhile, friends are encouraged to attend what son Brad is calling a "Cockney Wake" (competes well with the Irish version) to be held, he says, in "our" honour tonight - Friday October 30 - at Prego Restaurant, 150 Bloor Street West at Avenue Road, starting at 7 p.m. and ending - well, whenever.
"Flowers are not welcome, tears are understood and laughter is mandatory!" says Brad.
The more, the merrier.