LEESBURG, Va.— It would be fair to call John Hogan Jr. a “Goodyear lifer.”
Mr. Hogan, who along with his sons John Hogan III and Gregory Hogan founded Leesburg-based Hogan & Sons Inc. retail tire dealership in 1984, died Sept. 23 at age 82 — but his legacy lives on. In October, the business he helped launch will celebrate 30 years in operation and, at the same time, its 30-year relationship with Goodyear.
Last month, representatives of the Akron-based tire maker stopped by the dealer's Leesburg location to surprise Mr. Hogan with a plaque honoring its longtime tire supplier relationship with Hogan & Sons. It was a special moment for Mr. Hogan's family, according to co-owner Philip Hogan, the youngest of his eight children.
But the occasion also was bittersweet.