Former NAFA VP for Canada, dead at 61
PRINCETON, NJ: When NAFA Fleet Management Association was created more than 50 years ago, it helped form a bond between fleet professionals throughout the US and Canada. The Association, largely run by volunteers, considers itself a family. With deep regret, NAFA’s executive director, Phillip Russo, CAE, sent a message to the Membership on January 3rd to announce the loss of a very important member of that family – Gerry Huzar.
Gerry passed away on December 31, 2011 at the age of 61 at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. The cause of death was related to Burkitt’s lymphoma and brain cancer. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, which included his wife Lesia; daughter Anna; mother Maria; brother Danny (Lydia); niece Marika; and nephews Andrew and Daniel.
“NAFA Members recalled how he always looked forward to the spring so that he could ride his motorcycle and golf with his ‘foursome,’” said Russo. “I remember Gerry’s smile and great sense of humor. He was a very active member of NAFA and the Association appreciates his service through the years. It’s the work of volunteers like Gerry that make NAFA a successful organization.”
Gerry joined the Association in 1977 and quickly became a vital member of NAFA. He served in a number of important volunteer positions on the Chapter and National level through the years, including an appointment as NAFA’s vice-president for Canada. He retired from Kraft Canada in 2003.
“The entire NAFA family extends our condolences to his family during this difficult time,” added Russo. “In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Gerry’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society.”