Iconic Greensburg-area car dealer Clarence “Bud” Smail Jr. died Wednesday.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Smail, 81, was CEO of Smail Auto Group in Hempfield.
“We competed against each other, but Bud was always a gentleman. Everything was upfront with Bud,” said Bill Mohler of Sendell Motors Inc., whose grandfather started in the automotive business in the 1920s.
Mohler joked that he and Smail, along with fellow dealers Paul Schimizzi of Hillview Motors and the late Bob Mentzer, owner of the former Greensburg Ford, would get together for a lunch around Christmas and tell stories — some of which might have been true.