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In Memoriam

November 15, 2010

Abraham Jaffe, the chairman of Currie Motors Group, died March 19 at age 80. He established successful dealerships on three continents, including in the Chicago area, in England and in his native South Africa.

Mr. Jaffe and his father imported U.S.-made vehicles into South Africa beginning about 1950, and they grew their business into the largest General Motors dealer group in the country. In the early ’70s, he emigrated to London to take over a group of Ford dealerships.

He established his first U.S. dealership in 1981. Today, Currie Motors USA has Chrysler, Chevy and Ford dealerships in Frankfort and Forest Park and a used car dealership in Olympia Fields.

Survivors include wife Hilary; sons Joe, Anthony and Ian; and daughters Dianne, Roslyn and Michelle.