Stan Kimberley: June 25, 1932 – April 20, 1999

TORONTO (April 22) — Stan Kimberley, popular and sometimes controversial columnist for Today’s Trucking magazine, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 20, after spending the day doing what he loved: helping truck drivers and fleet owners find ways to operate more safely, become more polished professionals, and come out with a few more bucks in their pockets at the end of the day.

Kimberley, 66, had stopped to rest near Napanee, Ont., while driving home to Toronto from Ottawa when he died. He leaves his wife, Grace, two sons, four daughters, and 13 grandchildren.

With his passing, the trucking industry in Ontario — and across Canada in general — has lost one of its most impassioned advocates.

A 27-year industry veteran and the founder of Stan Kimberley & Associates, a Toronto-based insurance brokerage that specialized in the trucking industry, Kimberley never stopped trying to help drivers and fleet owners improve the safety and efficiency of their operations.

He believed that a company needed to offer more than just insurance, and he worked tirelessly to personally provide value-added services such as dangerous-goods seminars, driver meetings, review of driver files, safety and compliance consulting, assessment of driver hiring policies, and evaluations of fleet-maintenance programs.

In 1993 he became a regular contributor to Today’s Trucking, and his monthly columns quickly became a popular and sometimes controversial part of the magazine.

“He was everything you wanted a columnist to be,” said editor Rolf Lockwood. “He was outspoken, fiercely opinionated, and most of all, dedicated to helping truckers live a little better and work a little smarter. Whether you agreed or disagreed with Stan, you had to admire those qualities. We’re very, very sad to have lost him, and our thoughts are with his family.”

The family will receive friends tomorrow between 10 a.m. and noon at the Simple Alternative Funeral Centre in Mississauga, Ont. (1535 South Gateway Road — Dixie Road two lights south of Eglinton Ave.; 905/602-1580).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army.

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