Instead of a tip of the month for March, Stewart's Automotive would like to offer a message of deep sorrow and heartache in light of the recent passing of former Mattoon High School Automotive Instructor and dear friend, Mr. Ed Royse, as written by owner Duane Stewart:
I've known Ed Royse, or as I called him, Mister Ed, for many years, and over that time, Ed was a father figure–someone whom I grew to depend on and learned from. He was a staple in my shop as many customers can attest. He would often be seated in my waiting room, waiting on nothing but instead just enjoying the paper or latest issue of an automotive magazine. Whether it was needing an extra set of hands to help bleed breaks to someone who would watch my office while I went out on an emergency road call, Ed never wavered in his willingness to help. As a small, one-man shop, I can't begin to express my appreciation for Ed. But more than this, what I will miss about Ed was his no-nonsense attitude. Being a small business owner does not come without its worries or concerns. Further, yet, being a small automotive business also does not come without challenging jobs and the desire to always find the fix. Whenever I would remark out loud how difficult it was finding a fix for a particularly challenging car problem, he would interrupt and say plainly, "Just fix it!" He didn't have sympathy for excuses. But that was because Ed had high expectations and was someone who cheered others on to success. He was my biggest fan and would often share with customers his confidence in me. While Mister Ed had no patience for excuses, he also had no shortage of moral support.
In an honest desire to not make this seem like a sales pitch or promotion of my business, I just want to extend my deepest condolences to Mister Ed's family. I want his family to know that I am not only a better automotive technician but a better person because of Ed. And for that, I will forever be grateful for having known Mister Ed, and I will miss his unwavering, no-nonsense presence in my shop. Here's to continuing to just fix it, Mister Ed.