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Accomplished Pa. Dealer Clarence Smail Dies

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Aug. 6, 2018—Iconic Greensburg, Pa.-area car dealer Clarence “Bud” Smail Jr. died last week. Smail, 81, was CEO of Smail Auto Group in western Pennsylvania.

Smail had been in the auto industry since 1959, after graduating from the University of Maryland. He started working for the Bud Smail Lincoln-Ford dealership that his uncle, R. Smail, had founded in Jeannette, Pa. The Smail family has been in the auto business since 1936 all told, starting with a Chevrolet dealership in Jeannette.

Smail eventually opened the first dealership of his own in Hempfield, Pa. The Smail Auto Group grew to include 10 car franchises and over 400 employees.

Over the course of his career, Smail served as a president of both the regional and state auto dealer associations, on the board of the National Automobile Dealers Association, and as a member of the American International Automobile Dealers Association.

“We competed against each other, but Bud was always a gentleman. Everything was upfront with Bud,” Bill Mohler, of nearby Sendell Motors Inc., told

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