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Oct. 16, 2012—David McBroom, president of the Florida Autobody Collision Alliance (FACA), died Oct. 11 in Jacksonville, Fla. He was 67.

The FACA said McBroom was committed to raising the professional image of the collision repair industry. Through his leadership, the FACA grew to a 400-member organization with six chapters throughout Florida. McBroom was also president of Sunbeam Autobody based in Jacksonville, Fla.

"Dave McBroom was an amazing, inspiring individual," said Aaron Schulenburg, executive director of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS). "His membership, his peers, and his friends flocked to him. He had a lifetime of well-earned experiences that gave him the apt ability to tell an inspiring tale on just about any subject matter, and a compelling kindness in his disposition that offered a charisma held by few. His passion for the industry, for what is right, and for living life to its fullest was unparalleled and it is an immeasurable loss for all of us."

McBroom is survived by wife Terese Walker McBroom; sister Marilyn Joyce Cloutiaux; and children Kevin McBroom, Stephanie Nelson and Amy Helms.

“FACA’s members and board of directors grieve Dave’s untimely death and extend our deepest condolences to his wife Terri and his entire family,” said Cathy Mills, executive director of the FACA. “Dave was an absolute role model—a caring friend, a supportive husband and loving father and grandfather, and a passionate industry advocate. Our lives will be forever changed with his passing.”

A visitation will take place Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Chapel of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin. A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at the same location.

“I have lost a very dear friend,” said Chuck Sulkala, executive director of the National Auto Body Council (NABC). “Dave’s ever present greeting of ‘what can I do to help you today’ will be my pleasure to ask of others I now meet. I am sad beyond belief and he will be missed deeply. May Dave’s legacy be with us forever.”

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