RIDGEWAY, S.C.-Jesse Edward ``Jackie'' McGuirt, former owner of McGuirt Tire & Service and a 37-year veteran of the tire industry, died Oct. 26 in Ridgeway. He was 58.
Mr. McGuirt was recently profiled in Tire Business after an armed robber broke into his store and shot Mr. McGuirt, leaving him paralyzed from the underarms down. The incident forced him to sell his two-bay store and spend 97 days at a spinal rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta.
Darryl Cook, 19, was arrested and charged with armed robbery, assault and battery with the intent to kill. At press time, the Sixth Circuit Court of South Carolina was determining whether or not Mr. McGuirt's injuries caused his death and whether to upgrade Mr. Cook's charges to murder, according to Michael Hemlepp, senior assistant solicitor general. Mr. Cook was scheduled to stand trial this month, but that has been postponed.
Last spring, American Tire Distributors held a fundraising golf tournament for Mr. McGuirt's medical expenses. That event, in which 224 golfers participated, helped raise $52,000.
Mr. McGuirt worked for Miller's Tire Service in Columbia, S.C., for 15 years before buying his dealership in 1980, which he operated up until the shooting.
He was a former Ridgeway Fire Chief and a member of the Fire Department for more than 40 years. He also was a member of the Air National Guard.
Mr. McGuirt is survived by his wife, Joan; son, Jesse Edward Jr.; daughter, Susan; a brother and two sisters.
CANTON, Ohio-Kenneth J. Ryan, former president and co-founder of Tire Centers Inc. and long-time B.F. Goodrich Rubber Co., executive, died Oct. 27 at his Canton home. He was 60.
Mr. Ryan began his tire industry career in 1967 on the staff of B.F. Goodrich where he later rose to executive status, including service both in the U.S. and internationally.
He was general manager of BFG's Hose and Power Transmission Products Division in 1985 when he left the company to join with fellow BFG executive James Berlin in founding Tire Centers Inc., created by the purchase of 115 former BFG company-owned tire stores. Mr. Ryan served as president of the Akron-based chain until 1994.
He also was a U.S. Army veteran and served as a Presidential Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in 1967.
Mr. Ryan is survived by his wife, Roberta, two daughters, a step-son and two step-daughters.