Business, Top 100

NFI Icon Bernard Brown Dies at 96

Bernard Brown Rone Funeral Service

Bernard Brown, the visionary behind National Freight Inc., one of the oldest trucking companies in the U.S., died Jan. 21 at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 27, 2021

David Parker, Trucking Professional, Marine and Attorney, Dies at 80

David Parker and Chris Spear David Parker (left) and Chris Spear by Eric Parker

David Robert Parker, 80, of Boulder, Colo., died Jan. 16, after a yearlong battle with brain cancer, according to his family. He was a longtime trucking executive and civic leader within American Trucking Associations.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 21, 2020

Ervin Equipment Founder Greg Ervin Dies at 58

Greg Ervin, founder and CEO of Ervin Equipment Inc., died July 18 from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident near Sweetwater, Tenn. He was 58.

Lianna Norman | Special to Transport Topics
July 25, 2019

Industry Leader Bill Reed Jr., CEO of Skyline Transportation, Dies

Skyline Transportation truck on highway John Sommers II for Transport Topics

William Reed Jr., CEO of Skyline Transportation and prominent in the trucking industry for advocating for a broad number of issues, died suddenly Dec. 17 at his home in Farragut, Tenn. He was 71.

Daniel P. Bearth | Senior Staff Writer
January 10, 2019

Former ATA Chairman Ernest Cox Dies at 89

Ernest Stedman Cox, a former American Trucking Associations chairman and prominent figure in the industry, died Oct. 1. He was 89.

Joe Antoshak | Staff Writer
October 4, 2018

John Conkin, Longtime Commercial Lender in Trucking, Dies at 62

John Conkin, a longtime commercial lender and supporter of the trucking industry who most recently was managing director at BMO Transportation Finance, died June 3 after a long battle with cancer. He was 62.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
June 19, 2018

Doyle Coatney, Longtime Owner of Acme Truck Line, Dies at Age 82

Doyle Coatney, the longtime owner and CEO of Acme Truck Line in Gretna, La., died May 1. He was 82.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
May 10, 2018

Harris Saunders, Truck Leasing Executive, First Trala Chairman, Dies at Age 93

Harris Saunders Jr., the former head of Saunders Leasing System and picked to be the first chairman of the Truck Renting and Leasing Association in 1978, died May 6. He was 93.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
May 10, 2018
Business, TCA

Jay Kaplan, Owner of Freightway Corp., Dies at 76

Jay Kaplan, who owned the trucking firm his father founded and led industry advocacy groups, died Feb. 24 in Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg Township. He was 76.

Mark Zaborney | The (Toledo, Ohio) Blade
March 2, 2018
Business, Equipment

Harvey Brodsky, ‘Voice of Retreading,’ Dies at Age 81

Harvey Brodsky, known around the world as the “voice of retreading” and who was the former managing director of the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau and the Retread Tire Association, died Sept. 17 of complications from lung cancer at his home in Pacific Grove, Calif. He was 81.

September 28, 2017