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In Memoriam, Dec. 9, 2013

December 6, 2013
 Richard A. Roto, who operated a multi-franchise dealership in Arlington Heights and served six years on the CATA board of directors, died Nov. 21 at age 84.
Mr. Roto founded Roto Mercury Sales in 1954, added Lincoln vehicles in 1967, and later expanded with Mazda and Subaru. He sold the dealership in 2011. Mr. Roto was a CATA director from 1988 to 1994 and was board treasurer in 1992.
"He was a man who absolutely loved the automobile business," said his widow, Barbara. "He couldn’t imagine himself doing anything else."
 
In addition to his wife, survivors include sons Robert and Richard; a daughter, Suzanne; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Contributions appreciated to the American Lung Association.
 
 

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