BLUE ISLAND, Ill.-Victor Stanfa, 81, co-founder of Stanfa Brothers Tire Co., died Dec. 26 of congestive heart failure at St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island. Mr. Stanfa and his brother, Joseph, opened the tire dealership in Chicago in 1947 and moved the store to Blue Island, Ill., in 1952. Joseph retired from the business in the 1970s.
Though semi-retired Mr. Stanfa worked at the one-outlet store up to about three weeks before his death. Ellen Winland, who managed and co-owned the business with him, plans to continue it under the Stanfa banner.
Mr. Stanfa was a past president and the only ``honorary board member'' of the Illinois State Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, having helped establish it under its original name, the Chicago Tire Dealers Association. He also served on the board of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association.
Survivors include his wife, Jane; and sons, Frank, owner of Stanfa Tire & Auto in South Holland, Ill., and Michael, and stepson Robert Bayer.
TEMPE, Ariz.-O.C. ``Bud'' Roberts, 75, the founder of two Arizona tire firms and a private brand marketer, died of heart disease Dec. 31 in his Tempe home.
Mr. Roberts and his late brother, Marion Roberts, founded Roberts Tire Sales in 1958, according to current Roberts Tire owner Craig Heimburg. Mr. Roberts went on to establish Tri State Tire as a wholesale division.
He partnered with Mr. Heimburg from the mid-1980s until 1990, when he left to open an automotive dealership called Sunset Auto in Mesa, Ariz.
He was a past president of the Arizona Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association and the Tempe Chamber of Commerce and an original member of Prowler Tire, a group of dealers which marketed the Prowler private brand.
Survivors include his wife, Letoy, and several stepchildren.