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In Memoriam: Thomas Blaskovich

January 28, 2016
Thomas R. Blaskovich, who operated a namesake dealership in East Chicago, Ind., for 40 years and served as a onetime director of the CATA, died Jan. 25. He was 80.
When Tom Blaskovich Chevrolet opened in 1962, its owner became the youngest franchised dealer who had not succeeded a relative. Mr. Blaskovich was a dealer for 50 years, also operating Oldsmobile and Geo franchises.
He served on the board of directors of the Chicago Chevrolet Dealers Association, the Indiana Automobile Dealers Association, and the Northwest Indiana Automobile Dealers Association, representing each as its president for a time. He also served as Indiana’s representative on the board of directors of the National Automobile Dealers Association.
Mr. Blaskovich represented auto dealers on many General Motors Dealer Business Councils on zone, regional and national levels. Other boards he served on professionally include East Chicago Junior Achievement, Trade Winds, East Chicago Central Committee, and Hoosier Boys Town.
Survivors include Cecilia, his wife of 58 years; sons Daniel, Timothy and David; a daughter, Linda; and seven grandchildren. Donations appreciated to The Humane Society of the Calumet Area.