Industry mourns loss of engine ambassador

TORONTO, Ont. — Long-time Cummins Eastern Canada employee Rick Valentine passed away peacefully at Toronto General Hospital, with his family by his side on Dec. 23. He was 61.

His family said Valentine “fought a valiant battle with courage and grace.”

A 40-year Cummins veteran, Valentine began his career with Cummins Ontario in January 1972 as a warranty clerk. He worked in many different roles, spending the last 30 years as territory manager covering southwestern Ontario.

“Rick felt right at home in his role as a territory manager and welcomed every opportunity to work directly with his customers, building strong, long lasting business relationships,” Cummins officials said in a statement.

“Known for his positive attitude, breadth of product knowledge, tremendous loyalty and infectious laugh, Rick will be sorely missed by both industry and the Cummins family alike.”

Valentine leaves behind his wife, Paula; his son, Matthew; his daughter, Sarah; his son-in-law, Mark; and his grandson, Ethan.

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  • In regards to the passing of Rick Valetine,sad to hear, he was Mr Cummins as far as I am concerned. I met Rick during my employment at Eastgate Ford Sales in Hamilton for many years, he was always ready to solve any customer complaints with a very positve attitude, and I always enjoyed his conversations,He will definetly be missed.
    God Bless you Rick and to your family.