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My Remembrances of Ed Bobit

June 30, 2014

by Mike Antich - Also by this author

Automotive Fleet Editor Mike Antich accepts an editorial award from Ed Bobit in the late 1980s.
Automotive Fleet Editor Mike Antich accepts an editorial award from Ed Bobit in the late 1980s.

Everyone in the fleet industry knew Ed Bobit and I view myself as privileged to have had an opportunity to work with Ed for the past 28 years. One of the highest compliments you can give to someone in the auto industry is to say they have gasoline running through their veins. In Ed’s case, he had “fleet” running through his veins. The fleet industry is described as a relationship business; well, Ed Bobit epitomized it. He genuinely loved the fleet industry and the people who comprised it.

I remember once working side-by-side with Ed in the early 1990s, as we were “dummying” a magazine, which is how we did it prior to computerized layouts. As we worked feverishly to meet our FedEx deadline, Ed was helping me locate a photo needed for the publication. As he thumbed through our extensive files of print photographs of industry leaders, past and present, I heard Ed mumble softly to himself: “I’m the luckiest guy alive to have known such great people.” That moment has stuck with me after all these years, because it was so genuine. He really meant it.

There were many other genuine aspects to Ed’s personality. One of the most impressive was his willingness to help people in a time of need. There are many people in this industry, past and present, to whom Ed was instrumental in helping them locate a job when they suddenly found themselves without one. Ed never publicized it, but, if you came to him and asked for help, he would do all that he could to help you out. However, there were also other instances that I know where someone found themselves in a predicament or down on their luck and Ed quietly helped them out. He never volunteered this information to me, but I heard of them from those he helped. It’s one thing to perform good deeds and publicize them to others, but it is at is a sign of character to perform good deeds and to keep them to yourself. This was the Ed Bobit I came to know over the years.

Although a demanding boss, at least in the early years, what I loved about Ed was that he was an open book. If you asked me what would be Ed’s opinion on any hypothetical situation you could imagine, I could answer with 99.999 percent certainty as to where he would fall on an issue. There was no gray area with Ed Bobit. He was principled in his beliefs and he wasn’t wishy-washy about them. This is what made him a great manager and coach.

Closing of a Chapter

When Ed passed away peacefully in his sleep the early morning of June 29, a chapter in the history of fleet came to a close. Ed survived almost all of his contemporaries, except for a few, and remained active in the fleet industry until shortly before his death. Ed’s longevity made him an eyewitness to all the major events in the history of the fleet industry. I loved talking with him about the “early years,” but his insider knowledge, along with his hilarious anecdotes, are now forever lost, and only memorialized in a sanitized format on the pages of Automotive Fleet.

In fact, Ed’s involvement in the fleet industry preceded Automotive Fleet, as he worked for McGraw-Hill’s Fleet Owner magazine for seven years prior to the launch of his company, then-known as Bobit Publishing, now Bobit Business Media. Ed left his mark on the fleet industry in many ways. One of which was being one of the founding members of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) and a long-time supporter of NAFA, where he was named an honorary lifetime member. (Despite what critics may say, Ed’s only goal through his editorial writings was to encourage NAFA to achieve its full potential.) Since Day One, Ed was also a strong supporter of the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA), which has since evolved to be the voice of vehicle consignors in the wholesale remarketing industry. As a true partner, Ed readily provided the unwavering support and substantial resources of Bobit Business Media to assist the Alliance whenever and wherever possible.

Not only was Ed well known in the fleet industry, but he was similarly well known in a number of other industries in which Bobit Business Media published industry trade magazines and produced industry conferences. Many in the fleet industry might not know that Ed was just as well-known in the busing industry (through Metro and School Bus Fleet), the wholesale remarketing industry (Conference of Automotive Remarketing), the beauty industry (Nails magazine), and among franchised dealers (F&I magazine and conference), to name but a few.

My remembrances of Ed are not all work-related. One of my fondest memories was when the two of us were invited to attend an industry event in Prague. Prior to our departure, Ed asked me when I was planning to leave for Europe. I told him that since the event didn’t start until Tuesday, I was looking to leave early and spend the weekend sightseeing. “So am I,” said Ed. “I’m planning to go to the ‘old country’ to look up some of my relatives. You wouldn’t want to come with me, would you?” In a heartbeat, I said: “Yes, I would love too.” That weekend, we traveled throughout the scenic Tatra Mountains in Slovakia successfully locating long-lost relatives of Ed, who, despite not knowing we were arriving, greeted us with open arms and impromptu feasts.

We never had an Argument

In hindsight, Ed took a chance with me when he hired me back in 1985, especially since I had no automotive experience. However, a quarter of a century later, I was beaming when Ed personally inducted me into the Fleet Hall of Fame. In his introduction, Ed had many nice things to say about me, but what stood out was his observation that we’ve never had an argument. I never thought about it, but it’s absolutely true; never once did we argue. It was a great way to exemplify our friendship and my personal respect for Ed.

Ed led a remarkable life, and some might say it was almost bigger than life. Ed was a child of the Great Depression, which had a strong impact on him, along with all those of his generation. He lived life to the fullest and was always the life of any get-together. I can still hear the sound of his booming laughter that would reverberate at many of these events. But, most importantly, Ed was a true visionary and risk taker. Ask yourself: Would you leave a very good paying job with a family of five young children and your wife pregnant with the sixth child to start a magazine? Well, this is exactly what Ed did. It was this type of leap-of-faith conviction and determination that made him a self-made giant in our industry. Many in our industry even go further to describe him as an industry icon, with myself being among those in sharing this belief.

Ed had a one-of-a-kind personality and I’m 99.999-percent confident that Ed would approve of these accolades as I envision him looking down from above puffing on a Marsh Wheeling cigar, with a raised glass of Grey Goose vodka on the rocks in the company of a buxom angel.

Let me know what you think.


  1. 1. Russ Cass [ June 30, 2014 @ 09:55AM ]

    Thank you Mike. Ed was bigger than life and more humble than most.

    I will forever remember and embrace his friendship.

    We will all miss him dearly...I know I will.

    Rest in Peace Coach.


  2. 2. Tom Artushin [ June 30, 2014 @ 10:07AM ]

    Very nice article Mike -- thank you for putting into words how many of us feel. Ed was a great man with an excellent blend of humor and hardwork...I think I can still hear his laughter.

  3. 3. Fran Frier [ June 30, 2014 @ 10:07AM ]

    I meet Ed when he would come into the dealership to meet with Mr Potamkin. Ed once had done a front page cover story about me, while i was working at Potamkin Cadillac as Fleet Manager..

    He was always so nice and very down to earth.. Im sorry to hear of his passing. He will be missed.

    Rest in Peace,

    Fran Frier

  4. 4. Tom Krause [ June 30, 2014 @ 10:27AM ]

    Great tribute Mike. I will never forget the first time I met Ed. You had published a few of my ramblings in the various fleet publications already. I was introduced to Ed at a fleet event, he looked at my name tag and asked me why I hadn't given you anything lately to go into the magazines. I was totally shocked that he recognized me by name. And every time since, when ever we would meet it was as if I was one of his oldest friends. He was indeed one very special man and will be deeply missed by many.

  5. 5. Phil Schreiber [ June 30, 2014 @ 10:28AM ]

    Ed was one of a kind guy with a zest for life and a passion to everything fleet. I use to see Ed 3-4 time a year during the Ford Advisory Board meeting, we had something in common, we use to meet outside the hotel for cigar smoking. The conversations during cigar smoking was about life, fleet, or any other topic. We shared with each other many stories, and I feel I was fortunate to know Ed. The Fleet industry will miss him

    Phil Schreiber

  6. 6. Barry Liftman [ June 30, 2014 @ 10:29AM ]

    Words were his business. Good deeds were his life. What an honor to have known and spent time with him.

  7. 7. Rick Ravelo [ June 30, 2014 @ 10:41AM ]

    Nice article Mike. I think you captured how many of us feel.

  8. 8. John F. Possumato [ June 30, 2014 @ 10:43AM ]

    Mike, Your words are very eloquent, and I think are very accurate and apt tribute Ed, whom I had the good fortune to know and I truly believe is an icon of the industry. Although I obviously didn't know Ed as well as many, I’ll feel the loss deeply. Somehow you always think a person as dynamic as he will go on forever. He was one of the best folks I ever met in the car business (or any other), one of the few that would truly stick buy you through thick or thin…and somehow always make you smile in process. There aren't many like him left anymore, but the world would irrefutably be a better place if there were….

    Maybe I can add just one observation though, part of the reflection of the man, I think, is the quality of the character of those he gathers around him. I have to say that the Bobit Media family, yourself included, of course, both professionally and personally reflect the best team I’ve had the pleasure to come in contact with, through my varied activities on all sides of the car business. Ed was no doubt very proud of the people, as well as the company, he put together. My condolences go out to Ed’s extended family (personal and professional).

  9. 9. Earl Miller [ June 30, 2014 @ 10:49AM ]

    Ed was a giant of our industry. I was glad to know him. Condolences to his family.

  10. 10. Kirk Herniman [ June 30, 2014 @ 11:04AM ]

    Thank you Mike. I wanted to let you know that I was one of those people Ed helped. I wouldn't say that Ed and I were close, but he remembered my name from the first time we met. I remember attending and AFLA or NAFA meeting quite a few years ago when I was between positions. Ed sat down and talked with me for over an hour and offered some great advise that I wll remember for ever. I was totally shocked at his age. I knew he had been in the Fleet business for a very long time, but he always made me feel old in comparison and he had over 20 years on me.I would never have guessed. The Fleet Business will not be the same without him.

  11. 11. Richard Pipenhagen [ June 30, 2014 @ 11:15AM ]

    Thanks Mike for the interesting, heartfelt memory of Ed as you knew him and knew him well! He would have been flattered to read your words I am most certain. His bigger than life personality will be sorely missed but not forgotten!

  12. 12. Ray Fisher [ June 30, 2014 @ 11:18AM ]

    In my 35 plus years in the auto industry, I never met a man who meant more to me than Ed. He had a genuine concern for anyone he met. He made me laugh when I needed it. He slapped me upside the head when I needed that. Always though he was there for me. The fleet industry is remarkable because of the people in it. Ed was the heart and soul of the industry. No person cared more about it and us like he did. Long after I retired, Ed remained as true a friend as a man could have. May his lessons and spirit live on.

  13. 13. Dave Langley [ June 30, 2014 @ 11:26AM ]

    Mike, a great article commemorating a great man. I had the privilage of spending some time with Ed during my years in California. Ed's support during the early years of the IARA was critical to the success of the Alliance. He was a wealth of knowledge, insight and experience. His bright smile and big heart will be missed. My condolences to the Bobit family and all of the members of Bobit Media.

  14. 14. Sherry Calkins [ June 30, 2014 @ 03:35PM ]

    Ed could make you smile like no other, and this article left me with a smile again from Ed! Thank you so much for sharing this personal reflection.

  15. 15. Steven Stein [ June 30, 2014 @ 04:51PM ]

    Mike, you described Ed Perfectly. I remember all the times behind the old building on Artesia how Ed would be personally BBQing burgers and brats for the entire company. Bobit was a great place to work and Ed is a lot of the reason why.

  16. 16. Bob Stanton [ July 01, 2014 @ 08:04AM ]

    So sorry to hear about Ed. You and your staff must be devastated. He was truly a giant in our industry and so humble. He's left a strong and enduring legacy behind. I feel privileged to have had the chance to spend some quality time with him while on the Ford Adv. Board. I'll keep him, his family and his extended family at Bobit and beyond in my prayers. My sincerest condolences Mike.

  17. 17. Michael Lili [ July 01, 2014 @ 08:07AM ]

    It was said to hear of the passing of Ed Bobit this past weekend. Your article today prompted memories of when I started and the first time I met Ed. It was at the first NAFA meeting I ever attended in Atlanta, GA. I was as green as they come in fleet. At a social gathering that was sponsored by a Fleet management provider, I was alone and sipping on a beer. Ed said "Hello" in this big booming voice, and introduced himself. He could not have been more friendly and hospitable to me. He then went on to introducing me around to industry leaders as if he knew me for years. He not once forgot my name or who I worked for. As I progressed through my career, I always smiled broadly when I saw Ed. He always made you feel like you were the most important person when he spoke to you. I will miss him when I attend this year's AFLA conference in Las Vegas. It is now up to us, to reach out, and look for those new to fleet and treat them with as friendly a welcome as Ed treated so many of us to in our career.

    Our loss is not near that of his family, close friends, and the associates of all the publications he was so connected with. I will be keeping them in my prayers this entire week, especially you Mike.

    Thanks for sharing your story. My condolences.

  18. 18. Kathi Croze [ July 01, 2014 @ 08:10AM ]

    You are so right when you said Ed was always helpful to those in need and I was one who benefited from his generosity. I had been laid off from a company that announced they didn’t want to pursue the corporate market business anymore so I was out of a job and had to turn in my car.

    I continued to attend the local NAFA meetings to get the word out that I was looking for a job and to stay up on industry happenings. It was at one of these meetings that I happened to sit next to Ed during lunch. Always inquisitive, Ed inquired about my job, life and whatever was going on in my world. By this time we had known each other for many years and I had also been good friends with his son, Ty.

    I shared my situation with Ed and although, at the time, I didn’t feel “needy”, he gently offered a few opportunities that would help me in the near future and hope to have an impact in the long run. The first was for me to submit my resume to him so he could add it to the resume bank maintained by Bobit Publishing. The other thing Ed offered was for me to write an article to be published in Automotive Fleet and he would pay me whatever the going rate was for contributing writers. I was more excited about writing the article than anything else. We decided on “What Not to do in Fleet Management”, which was published in AF in 1991.

    While not the great American novel, writing the article kept me busy, kept my mind busy and helped me through a not-so-pleasant patch of time. I’ve always been grateful to Ed for that opportunity.

    I’m sure you will received many such emails from others who have been the recipient of Ed’s generosity and kindness and from those who knew the man.

  19. 19. Janet Horvath [ July 01, 2014 @ 08:11AM ]

    I’m so sorry to learn the news about Ed – it is very sad! I had to send you a quick note to say that your tribute to Ed was incredibly touching and so spot on! I knew he was a generous man but I didn’t know how much he helped others; what a loss to all of us. I smiled when I got to the end of your article – “as I envision him looking down from above puffing on a Marsh Wheeling cigar, with a raised glass of Grey Goose vodka on the rocks in the company of a buxom angel.” That is so Ed! I will miss him!

  20. 20. Joao Andrade [ July 01, 2014 @ 08:12AM ]

    I am sorry to hear about Ed Bobit. I had the privilege of meeting him last year in Phoenix. I hope that you and your colleagues at Automotive Fleet will be strong in the continuation of his endeavor. I pray that his family be strong and that God may heal their hearts.

  21. 21. Tina Kourakos [ July 01, 2014 @ 08:14AM ]

    I pass on my condolences through you, to You, the Bobit Family and Organization.

    You were spot on, there was just one thing I always remember Ed emphasizing the importance of looking at resale values when deciding what vehicles to put on a selector. I bet that was in his editorials no less than 3X/year!

    When I was considering joining Subaru, although he didn’t know it, I asked him what he thought of Subaru. His positive response did help influence me in taking my current position. 8 years later, I’m still thrilled that I did.

  22. 22. Jim Wilkinson [ July 01, 2014 @ 08:15AM ]

    Excellent, touching tribute article. Very nice. I know I have not been involved, personally, with the Fleet industry for some years, but as your article points out Ed was there if you needed help. I have fond memories of him starting in 1985. He was a good man and the fleet industry has lost a leader.

    Thank you again for such a moving article. Mike, as has always been since 1985, if ADTS, Inc. can help you, you know we will.

  23. 23. Peter Bednar [ July 01, 2014 @ 08:16AM ]

    Very good article, but I am sad to hear of his passing. I never knew he was from Prague as I was born there in 1964 and immigrated with my parents to the US in 1969. My 83 year old dad went back to live out his life in 2013. He has missed the (Old Country) and when my mom died in 2012, he has spoken about going back. I appreciate the article and wish you the very best.

  24. 24. Michele De Veaux [ July 01, 2014 @ 08:17AM ]

    This was spot on! You knew him well and better than most! You brought tears to my eyes. Ed was a great man and truly and icon as most of us in this industry know. However, you put the words to his life that most of us couldn't express. Thank you.... for memorializing him in his true essence.

    My sincere condolences to you and his family and the staff.

  25. 25. Jan Freund [ July 01, 2014 @ 08:18AM ]

    Having lost a dear colleague and treasured friend, I know this must be a difficult time for you, and wanted to let you know that I was thinking of you. Ed was larger than life and I’m sure you have wonderful memories and stories to hold and share.
    My sincere sympathies to you and your colleagues at Bobit.

  26. 26. Dick Malcom [ July 01, 2014 @ 08:21AM ]

    What a fantastic tribute to Ed, Mike. Thank you for sharing. My only regret is that I did not get to spend more time with Ed. He was a mentor, but even more so a great friend and confidant. I will miss him greatly. I can only say “thank you God, for allowing me the short time I had with my good friend, Ed Bobit”

  27. 27. Ricky Beggs [ July 01, 2014 @ 08:22AM ]

    Mike, This to me is one of your best if not the best articles you have ever written. You described him so well. It amazes me how welcoming he was to me as Black Book started being a major source of information to the remarketing portion of the fleet industry. And from the beginning of our knowledge of each other you have been just as strong in supporting Black Book. I know these next few days, weeks, months and years will be tough on the fleet industry and especially the team of professionals at Bobit Business Media. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your associates and thank you for so eloquently sharing your thoughts on the Coach.

  28. 28. Sue Fensky [ July 01, 2014 @ 08:24AM ]

    I’m sure today is a very tough day for you. A very touching tribute you wrote for him! I’m very sorry for your loss, and the loss we are all feeling today.

  29. 29. Stephen Levine [ July 01, 2014 @ 08:28AM ]

    There is obviously no way I can feel what you are feeling, the ups, downs, joy, "interesting moments" that you shared with Ed. You have to be yourself and react in your own personal way. My thoughts are with you.

    As for me, I choose to remember Ed after 44 years, and to keep that memory alive. To paraphrase one philosopher, Nicholas Kazantzakis, if you are remembered you realize immortality. He was a friend, although we were not close, and also a very strong mentor both directly and indirectly and he will always be remembered by me. He was my true link to my career over the years. We knew and remembered the same people and always smiled when they came up in conversation and kept their memory alive, along with the history of our industry. He was so very right and his writings prodded the OEM's, the FMC's, the Fleet Managers, and dealers, the suppliers, etc. always moving and challenging the industry in the right direction for the right reasons. He was all of our voices and helped create the necessary conversations. i will miss Ed more than you might know but will always smile when I think of him, and I will think of him a lot. He's my history.

  30. 30. Steve Reich [ July 01, 2014 @ 08:33AM ]

    Ed is smiling at you from heaven for that heartfelt tribute

  31. 31. Pete Silva [ July 01, 2014 @ 08:34AM ]

    What a wonderful man. I always thought of him as a mentor in the industry and I enjoyed our time together on the GM sounding board. He will be missed…

  32. 32. Dave Funston [ July 01, 2014 @ 08:38AM ]

    An excellent overview of a great guy and a great life. So sorry for your loss as well as the industry's.

  33. 33. David Hansen [ July 01, 2014 @ 08:54AM ]

    It was not a casual move back in the 80's when the Coach brought you on board his team. I just read your online comments about our icon, yes he is without a doubt an icon, and just smiled as you told your story. You have a tremendous ability with words and your comments about the Coach are among the best you have written. I too feel privileged to have not only been able to call Ed as part of our family but to be able to meet people with whom he shared his business, such as you, Sherb, Ty, etc.

    Thanks for writing such a great note about the Coach and for all of your support over the years. Allie & I hope to see you next week at his celebration of life.

  34. 34. Bob Ward [ July 01, 2014 @ 01:22PM ]

    What a Guy!!! I feel like I lost a member of the family. I don't know of a person who impacted our industry more than the Coach.
    Mike your tribute was right-on the mark, Thank you. My thoughts are with the Bobit family.

  35. 35. Luis Alvarado [ July 01, 2014 @ 02:27PM ]

    Hi, my name is Luis Alvarado, I am from México. I've just read your article My Remembrances of Ed Bobit which I think is a nice tribute in memory of Mr. Ed Bobit.

  36. 36. Jim Sassorossi [ July 01, 2014 @ 02:28PM ]

    Your article about Coach was absolutely beautiful and genuine. I consider myself so fortunate to know Ed and become close to him and the whole Bobit Team/Family these past couple of years. My prayers are with Coach and all of you.

  37. 37. Kim Brown [ July 01, 2014 @ 02:32PM ]

    I read your article yesterday and thought how beautifully written. Thank you for sharing some history. I still have some tears in my eyes. Even though I didn’t know Ed very well personally, I felt I knew him well through his presence in the fleet media and industry events. Always enjoyed his editorials in Automotive Fleet and loved the quotes!

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues, especially you, since you worked so closely with him. He will be missed.

  38. 38. Eric Ibara [ July 01, 2014 @ 02:33PM ]

    I was sad to hear of Ed’s passing and I wish you and the rest of the staff at Bobit Publishing our best as you adjust to a world without him. I will be out of the country next week and unable to attend his memorial but I know he will draw quite a crowd.

  39. 39. Jim Rallo [ July 01, 2014 @ 04:03PM ]

    I entered this industry in 1970, and while it was a few years before I met Ed Bobit, it was already obvious to many that Automotive Fleet and Ed were well on their way to making a huge impact by being the most important source of information in the fleet industry. In these early years, he was already becoming a legend, yet what made him so unique is how approachable he was......always willing to share his knowledge and at the same time wanting to hear and understand your perspective. He was great at challenging individuals and organizations to make sure they completely understood the impact of a decision, product offerings, quality of services, etc. At times you may not always agree, but there was always a feeling of respect because you know where Ed was coming from.....he just wanted to make everyone and everything better....and he did. While this was the business side, there was also a human side. One would be hard pressed to count the number of individuals he helped with their careers....a role model for everyone.

    How fortunate the fleet industry was to have Ed. He gave the industry Automotive Fleet....a publication for fleet professionals that educated, identified trends, and provided a forum where individuals and companies could be heard with their concerns, issues, and points of view. Without question his legacy is Bobit Publishing, for the fleet industry we were blessed to have an ICON who has done more than any other individual.

    Ed, you will be missed by all of those who had the chance to know you, so I will end with a saying, which I believe is most appropriate, "gone forever, FORGOTTEN NEVER" .... Good bye old friend.

  40. 40. Don Roccia [ July 02, 2014 @ 09:20AM ]

    I was sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. He’ll be missed.

    During my last visit with him at a conference I was returned to the days of McCullagh Leasing and he brought back many fond memories of John Blessing and Jack McCullagh.

    Please pass along my condolences to his family and all those who were privileged to work with him at Automotive Fleet.

  41. 41. Paul Kasbar [ July 02, 2014 @ 10:40AM ]

    Well said Mike. Ed treated everyone with the same kindness and generosity you spoke of...a rare trait among men. I'm honored to have known him.

  42. 42. Donald O Mills Sr [ July 02, 2014 @ 02:25PM ]

    I have enjoyed My LCT subscription over a decade. I enjoyed it so much in the beginning that I ordered the very first copy and other significant editions to get as much of it as I could. I often pull out old volumes to get the feeling of those days and times. They never get old, there's always something that I can apply to today. To me the publication is that significant. My prayers are with the family.

  43. 43. Robert Martines [ July 03, 2014 @ 08:04AM ]

    I just wanted to let you know personally how saddened I am about the passing of Ed. He cast such a big shadow in our industry that no one could ever attempt to match, I am honored that he included me in his circle of friends. Believe it or not, when I got started in the industry, I was more introverted, almost fearful talking to people who were industry veterans. For years I kept my distance from some people including Ed. I remember my very first one to one conversation with him and I could not have been more wrong about keeping my distance. Ed knew who I was, knew about my company, knew how I started and wanted me to know if there was anything he could do to help me succeed. Ever since that conversation, I felt like he was an old friend of mine that I could chat with at any time for any reason. When I last saw Ed a few months ago, he obviously was still struggling to recover. I hugged him and told him to keep fighting. He gave me typical Ed Bobit smile and thanked me so much for caring about him. I will miss him.

  44. 44. Skeet Chadwick [ July 03, 2014 @ 08:07AM ]

    Mike, It’s been a long time since our paths have crossed, but this outstanding tribute to our great mutual friend, Ed, takes me right back to those great days when we all so enjoyed Ed’s presence at all things “fleet”. You did a great job of accurately describing a great man with a huge heart. I was so saddened by the news of Ed’s passing until I “Googled” his name and found your print eulogy. It lifted my spirits through it’s accurate depiction of a great friend, businessman and human being.

    Thanks for your many contributions to the fleet business over your many years of involvement in it. I, for one, think that this tribute to Ed just might be your most important one ever!

    Thanks, Skeet

  45. 45. Jim Anselmi [ July 03, 2014 @ 08:07AM ]

    I'm very sadden to learn of Ed Bobit's passing. He was truly a dynamic individual in the fleet industry. One could not speak about fleet without thinking or referring to Ed and one could not mention Ed without talking about the fleet industry. He will be missed and remembered always.

    I know that he was loved by all at Automotive Fleet, please pass on my condolences and deepest sympathies.

  46. 46. Ernie Lancaster [ July 03, 2014 @ 04:59PM ]

    I can only think of Ed and laugh. I was the first to work for Don AND Milo and heard so many stories. My last memory of Ed was at Don's funeral and we stood in urinals next to each other. I recalled a night at the Cafe Parisian and we both started laughing so hard I think we both had spattered shoes. My best to Ty and the rest of the family. We should all be so lucky to live as long and have so many memories and laughs............thanks, Ed, for the great memories. Enjoy the bog Gin game.

  47. 47. Valerie Smith-Griffin [ July 05, 2014 @ 06:36PM ]

    Mike, truer words were never "spoken"! You have successfully resurrected Ed Bobit! Throughly enjoyed your editorial/memories of him. The Bobit years for me were bittersweet - yet a growth experience that enabled me and motivated me to continue writing. Ed Bobit was part of that process and I thank him for it - indeed, he had a heart and a door that was always open.

  48. 48. Randy Gold [ July 07, 2014 @ 12:52PM ]

    A wonderful tribute to a great guy.

  49. 49. mark conroy [ July 08, 2014 @ 07:06AM ]

    Great tribute piece. As President of AFLA in 2006-2007, I recall asking him if we could use his suite for our board meeting. He smiled and said all it would take is a bottle of Smirnoff Vodka. At the time I thought to myself, a man of his means only drinks Smirnoff? I delivered the Smirnoff, but now seeing that he drank Grey Goose I can only conclude that he was being humble and did not want me to spend my money or AFLA's for a Premium brand. But I will bet Ed and the buxom angel will be drinking Grey Goose. That was a perfect ending. RIP Ed..

  50. 50. Scott Kolb, CAI, CAR [ July 08, 2014 @ 09:49AM ]

    Well said Mike! Ed always took time to visit with me... and always asked about my Mom and Dad and my family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bobit family and Bobit Business Media. Ed was a true legend and will be forever remembered...

  51. 51. Jonathan Culp [ July 10, 2014 @ 01:16PM ]

    Mike, just wanted to reach out and say sorry for your loss, I know Ed was a great guy to work with and it is clear you had a close relationship. Although the topic was certainly not a happy one, I still enjoyed reading your words about him, I think you hit the nail on the head. He’ll be missed.

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Mike Antich has covered fleet management and remarketing for more than 20 years and was inducted in the Fleet Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Alternative Fueling Station Locator

Alternative Fueling Station Locator

Find your closest station or plan a route. Locate biodiesel, electric, ethanol, hydrogen, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquified natural gas (LNG), and propane across America.

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