WADSWORTH, Ohio-William Tierney, longtime sales manager for the former Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., died Feb. 10. He was 82.
Mr. Tierney had retired in 1990 from Firestone after about 46 years of service with the company, working primarily as manager of new dealer sales, said John Gamauf, Bridgestone/Firestone president of consumer replacement tire. Mr. Tierney worked in Boston, New York and Akron.
During World War II he served in the South Pacific.
Mr. Tierney was buried in Akron Feb. 16-on what would have been his 83rd birthday. Mr. Gamauf, who had known Mr. Tierney some 25 years and was one of his pallbearers, said Mr. Tierney was his mentor in dealing with customers.
``He really helped me to understand that in a relationship it can't be too good for Bridgestone/Firestone or be too good for the dealer,'' he said. ``It has to be win-win.''
Mr. Tierney was well known and respected in the industry, traveling extensively to meet with dealers, Mr. Gamauf added. ``He loved to work. He loved tire dealers.''
Mr. Tierney is survived by his wife Audrey; daughter Lori Fischer; sisters Jane O'Malley and Elizabeth Shea; brother John Tierney; and grandsons Matthew and Ryan.
ABERDEEN, Ohio-Mark Bowie, owner of Bowie Tire Co. for 25 years, died April 6 following a struggle with cancer. He was 46.
Mr. Bowie, who operated the store with his wife Margie, had bought the Aberdeen business from his father, Gene Bowie, who is a charter member of the Ohio Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association.
Margie Bowie and a nephew plan to continue running the business, according to the OTDRA.
According to his obituary, Mark Bowie was an accomplished scuba rescue and recovery diver and also was an active volunteer at the Southern Ohio Correction Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, where he worked with the Narcotics Anonymous program. He was named volunteer of the year in 1997.
Mr. Bowie is survived by his wife; daughters Cellina Thompson and Rajeana Bowie; his father; his mother Hilda Bowie; a brother and a sister.
MARTINSVILLE, Va.-Mario ``Mack'' Romero, a longtime independent tread rubber and equipment sales representative, died Jan. 3. He was 69.
Mr. Romero sold tread rubber for Long Mile Rubber Co., Oliver Rubber Co., Ultima Rubber Products, Hercules Tire & Rubber Co. and most recently Pre-Q Rubber Co. over a 34-year career.
Born in Havana, Mr. Romero graduated from Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga., and from National Business College in Roanoke, Va.
He was active as a charter member of Villa Heights Baptist Church, a charter member and secretary of the Fieldale Lions Club and a nominee of the Martinsville County Distinguished Service Award. He was also a Red Cross swimming instructor for a number of years and a member of the local Civil Air Patrol Unit.
He is survived by his wife Betty; daughter Susan; a brother and several nieces and nephews.