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In Memoriam

November 16, 2010

Francis "Fran" Napleton, founder of a dealer group that by 2000 boasted 57 stores in four states, died Nov. 6 after a three-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 84.

Mr. Napleton, who served in the Army Air Force during World War II, took over his father’s Chrysler-Plymouth dealership in Blue Island in 1970. Four years later, he began buying struggling dealerships in the Chicago market.

When he retired in 2004, he turned the Napleton Auto Group over to his eight children, all of whom have been involved in dealership operations.

Mr. Napleton is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth; daughters Ellen and Mimi; sons Edward, Stephen, Gerald, Paul, William and Robert; 38 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Donations accepted by Chicago’s St. Rita High School, (773) 925-6600.