Longtime aftermarket veteran dies

David R Paridy, who worked for several automotive and heavy-duty aftermarket suppliers during his career, has died. He was 75.

Paridy was born in St. Louis on Oct. 24, 1941. He had a long career in the parts business beginning in aftermarket sales for Purolator Products, Inc., the manufacturer of automotive filters. Later assignments at Purolator included director of International Sales in London, England, and vice president of Marketing and then President of Purolator Products Ltd in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. He moved to Stant Corporation a subsidiary of Purolator as president and in 1987 led a management group and Bessemer Securities in purchasing Stant. In 1993, he then led Stant in a successful Initial Public Offering of its stock.

Paridy retired from Stant in 1997 after it was purchased by Tomkins/Gates. He then formed The Paridy Group with some of his Stant associates to consult for several automotive parts companies involved in acquisitions and dispositions. For many years David served on the Board of Directors for MAHLE, Inc.

Paridy lived in many places during his career including Kansas City, Mississauga, Ontario and Holmdel, N.J. but he settled into Richmond, Ind., where he became involved in the community including the local county club and hospital board of directors. After his second retirement, he settled into Ocean Reef, Key Largo, Fla., and Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada.

While he certainly was a salesman at heart, Paridy enjoyed architecture and worked on many projects including the design of homes for his friends.

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