VAN NUYS, Calif. (June 25, 2008) — Philip “Flip” Smith, owner of Flip's Tire Center and Performance Concepts, died June 23. He was 61.
Mr. Smith received Tire Business' Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award in 1995 for his efforts in organizing crime prevention programs, police fundraisers and youth activities in his community.
“He's one of those individuals that has all of the qualities that you look for or admire in others,” a local police officer said of Mr. Smith at that time. “He inspires others to do things because he makes people feel comfortable. He never seems to say no to anyone or anything.”
Mr. Smith's grandfather had moved from Akron to Santa Monica, Calif., to open a tire store there. Philip Smith started out working at the store, which his father had come to own, but the business went bankrupt in 1969.
He moved on to work for Wiesner Tire in Van Nuys and in 1972 bought a Globe Tire location, which he renamed Flip's Tire Center. Performance Concepts is a separate business run out of the same location in Van Nuys.
As a resident of Van Nuys, Mr. Smith was involved in local organizations such as the Rotary Club, where he served as president, and the local chamber of commerce.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife Vicky Smith; son Shawn Smith; daughter Kristin Dietz; stepdaughters Christine Olson and Tracy McGinnis; sister Bobbie Polizzi; and seven grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. June 28 at Our Lady of the Valley Roman Catholic Church, 22021 Gault St. in Canoga Park, Calif. Following the funeral, a reception will be held at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills, Calif.
Donations in Mr. Smith's memory may be sent to Mid-Valley Family YMCA, 6901 Lennox Ave., Van Nuys, Calif., 91405.