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Hardy von Stackelberg passes at 85

Stackelberg successfully operated Autohaus Stackelberg for 45 years
Hardy von Stackelberg. Supplied.

Well known local businessman Hardy von Stackelberg has passed.

He died Wednesday, July 29 at the age of 85.

According to his obituary ,Hardy was born in Bad Godesberg, Germany and at 19, he immigrated to Canada. 

"After landing his first job pumping gas, he became a licensed mechanic and eventually worked his way up to become the service manager at Mid North Motors at North Bay. He then became the accounts manager of Cartwright Building Supplies where he worked for several years. In 1974, his tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit led him to purchase and operate his own business: He bought the North Bay Volkswagen dealership (E. McKenny Motors) and successfully operated Autohaus Stackelberg for 45 years in partnership with his son Herb."

Hardy’s favourite expression, “Life is good!” was heard often and by many.

"He loved sailing his boat Bappa’s Choice on the ocean off the coast of Florida and at home on Lake Nipissing. Hardy also tinkered with countless cars over the years and had a passion for riding his motorcycle."