GLENDALE, Calif.-Kevork Andonian, the man who inspired the creation of one of the nation's largest independent tire dealerships, died Aug. 29 in his family's Glendale home at the age of 70. Mr. Andonian, also known as ``George,'' emigrated from Syria to the United States with his wife and children in 1969. Six years later he and his family started Discount Tire Centers, one of the nation's largest retail tire chains.
The City of Commerce, Calif.-based dealership, incorporated as AKH Co., operates 88 company-owned stores under the Discount Tire Centers and Evans Tire and Service Centers banners. The company also operates 10 Discount Tire Centers franchises.
Mr. Andonian served as vice president and remained active in the business until his death.
Survivors include his wife, Alice; sons John, AKH president, Hratch, CEO, and Andy, chairman; and daughter, Betty.
PROVIDENCE, R.I.-David Beretta Jr., the former CEO of Uniroyal Inc. who helped the company concentrate on chemicals, plastics and rubber products, died Sept. 17 of cancer in Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. He was 68.
Mr. Beretta started at Uniroyal as an engineer and was appointed vice president for marketing in 1968. In 1972 he was appointed group vice president in charge of consumer, chemical, industrial and textile operations. Two years later he became COO.
In 1975, Mr. Beretta was named chairman and CEO and under his leadership, Uniroyal began divesting itself of several ancillary divisions to concentrate on chemicals, plastics and rubber products. He left the company in 1982.
Survivors include, his wife, Serena; two sons; and a daughter.
PORTLAND, Ore.-Jack H. Burns, who co-founded Burns Brothers Inc. with his brother, Robert, died June 28 at the age of 75.
Burns Brothers started in 1947 as the Northwest's first truck stop and since has grown to become an international travel stop and manufacturing company. The Portland-based firm operates 20 truck and auto stops in nine states and manufactures a variety of products, including flashlights, tire chains and computer software.
The company operated Burns Brothers Tire Center, Burns Brothers Wholesale Tire and AJW, an auto parts warehouse and retail chain. These divisions were sold in the early 1990s, according to Bruce Burns, Mr. Burns' son and president of the company.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; brother, Robert E.; two sons; and one daughter.
NEW KENSINGTON, Pa.-William B. Simpson, 73, the owner of Simpson Tire Service in New Kensington, died at his home July 14.
Mr. Simpson owned Simpson Tire Service in New Kensington since 1967. He also served as president of the Tire Dealers Association of Western Pennsylvania from 1977 to 1979.
Survivors include his wife, MaryJane, two sons and two daughters.