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Memorial for Mowry Automotive Center Owner to be Held Saturday

Longtime local business owner John Donovan, 60, died Oct. 3 from cardiac arrest.

A public memorial will be held Saturday for longtime local business owner John Donovan, according to media reports.

Donovan, 60, ran auto body shop Mowry Automotive Center for 25 years. He passed away Oct. 3 from cardiac arrest, the Fremont Argus reports.

According to the Argus,a public memorial will be held 5 p.m. Saturday at the Alameda County Veterans Memorial Park, located at the corner of Paseo Padre Parkway and Walnut Avenue.

Many in the community were devastated to hear the news of Donovan's passing and reached out to Fremont Patch.

"John is the best, most honest, and nicest mechanic around," one longtime customer told Patch.

A memorial is currently in place at the body shop, located at 5100 Mowry Ave.

The Argus reports that more than many customers have came by to pay their respects to the local figure.

"You're never going to find someone like him anymore," another customer told the newspaper.

Read the full story on the Argus here.

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Mark Dias October 21, 2012 at 05:45 AM
There was no one better. Our family's mechanic for 27 years. I was saddened to hear the news.. He will be missed. Mark Newark, CA
tarjata October 21, 2012 at 08:32 PM
My kids and I moved to Fremont and have been residing here since 2001. I met John through a friend of ours as being their mechanic. Since I was starting fresh and had barely landed a job here, John helped with my old car. He was kind, generous, caring and never made you feel like a customer. My kids and I, like the others will miss him truly.
jan February 09, 2013 at 07:46 AM
While working at osh, I brought my valiant in for an oil change...John became my mechanic then yrs later he took care of my daughters car. As a single mom, he was honest n always had our best interest...I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. He has touched do many of us. May he rest in peace. Thank you much John for always taking care of all of us...aloha oe', till we meet again...mahalo n aloha...Janice n shannon

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