AKRONCharles W. Hamad, owner and president of Hamad Tire Inc., died Aug. 21 in Akron.
Mr. Hamad, 65, founded Hamad Tire in 1969. Today the predominantly Goodyear dealership has four locationsin Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Mansfield and Sandusky, Ohio. The dealership earned the distinction of best tire shop in the Akron area in the most recent Akron Canton Hot List voting.
Mike Hamad, one of Charles Hamad's sons and manager of the Hamad Tire outlet in Akron, called his father a witty genius.
He was very, very quick-witted, he said. He was a great businessman, he was good with sales repseverybody loved him.
Outside of business he was a great father. We had Sunday dinners grilling out. He had six children. We would gather at his house almost every Sunday, just grill out, hang out, have fun and drink a couple beers, he said.
Mike Hamad said his father had four big passions in life: grilling, golf, his family and the tire business. That was his No. 1 baby.
According to Mike Hamad, the business will continue to be run by himself and brothers Charlie and Nick.
Charles Hamad's survivors include his wife Jennifer (Bishop); sons Charlie, Mike, Bill, Nick and Alex and daughter Chrissy; and seven grandchildren.