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In Memoriam: Morton Rosen

October 26, 2012
A memorial service will be held Oct. 30 for Morton Rosen, 94, who in a 52-year career built one of the largest Ford dealerships in the country. He died Oct. 21.
Mr. Rosen operated two Ford stores in Chicago: Morton Motors, 3310 N. Sheffield Ave., which closed in the 1960s; and Alvin Ford, 2101 W. Irving Park Rd. Alvin Ford maintained a large fleet operation.
“Mort basically invented the practice of drop-shipping vehicles all around the country,” said Lee Weinman, who operated Bert Weinman Ford at 3535 N. Ashland Ave. “He had the Zollie Frank Wheels leasing account that bought thousands of new Fords annually.
“Even though our dealerships were the two closest Ford dealers in the country — two miles! — we always got along. He had his fleet business and we did used and retail new. I can remember many Ford execs going to see Mort, to find out how he set up his fleet drop-ship business.”
Mr. Rosen served as president of the Chicagoland Ford Dealers Association. He moved to West Palm Beach, Fla., in 1995 and was active in many local charities, a member of Temple Israel, and on the advisory board of Good Samaritan Hospital. He is buried in West Palm Beach.
Survivors include a son, Steven; a daughter, Laurie; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Memorials appreciated to JCC Women’s Auxiliary, (312) 775-1806, or Temple Am Shalom, (847) 835-4800.
The memorial service is at 3:30 Oct. 30 at Am Shalom, 840 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, with a reception to follow the service.