Lordco founder mourned

Lordco founder Edward W. Coates passed away on Monday, after a short, “courageous” battle with cancer.

Coates was co-founder of Lordco Auto Parts, which maintains its head office in Maple Ridge.

He was also a husband, father, grandfather, a loyal friend and a” highly respected” business leader, according to information released this week on the Lordco website.

The company was incorporated in August 1974, by its two founding members, Roy Lord and Ed Coates. A combination of their surnames gave the company its name.

The Coates family, in a press release issued late Wednesday afternoon, said he “passed away peacefully, with his family at his side.”

They added Coates was a “true pioneer in his industry, a visionary and a born leader.”

Coates guided all four of his children, Samantha, Sarah, Ian, and Candace, as they started with Lordco, and progressed through to key roles in the company.

Coates was born on June 23, 1948, in New Westminster, the second son of five children.

In the early 1970s, he and Marlyn owned and operated the Derby Drive-In in Fort Langley, where Ed would flip burgers at night, while selling parts during the day for Walker’s, “all the while working towards his dream of establishing his own company.”

Now the company Coates co-founded has 97 locations throughout B.C.

“The automotive industry has lost a true original who built a unique business model that will be emulated for years to come,” said the release.

 â€œAlthough Ed has left us far too soon, he has touched innumerable lives along his journey,” said a spokesperson for the family. “He will live in our memories forever.”

At the family’s request, details of the memorial ceremony are being kept private and will not be made public.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Stars offer four tickets to tonight’s Langley concert to $500 donors

From country music celebrities to NHL alumni, many famous faces hit the links at Redwoods today.

Langley animals feeling effects of smoky skies

Animal shelters are trying to keep their critters healthy through the smoggy days.

Medevac called to South Surrey business

‘Serious workplace incident’ reported to WorkSafeBC

Langley City in need of some Terry Fox Run helpers

People can help out on run day or be involved in preparations before then.

VIDEO: Mustang Roundup in Langley attracts car lovers from all over

A car show dedicated entirely to one model of Ford drew admirers and collectors to George Preston Recreation Centre.

Vehicle fire on the Coquihalla

Heavy congestion in north bound lanes

Prime minister greeted by B.C. premier as cabinet retreat begins

PM Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan meet in advance of federal cabinet meetings in Nanaimo

Are your kids anxious about going back to school?

BC Children’s Hospital offers tips to help your children be mindful and reduce stress

New trial ordered for James Oler in B.C. child bride case

Meanwhile, appeal court dismisses Emily Blackmore’s appeal of guilty verdict

This trash heap in Vancouver could be yours for $3.9 million

Sitting atop 6,000 square feet, the home was built in 1912, later destroyed by fire

Date rapist left victims with ‘long-lasting, emotional scars,’ judge says

Klifford Kenyon of Abbotsford sentenced to additional two years in prison

Fire in barn that housed therapy horses has been confirmed an arson

Abbotsford Police Department is now investigating and seeks witnesses

Team Canada’s next game postponed at Little League World Series

They’re back in action on Wednesday against Peurto Rico

Most Read