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Manchester native Edward Bonneville’s business acumen is recalled
His first dealership was American Motors, the one-time fourth American car company that, while successful in the 1960s, sputtered through the early 1980s.
“His life turned around with Caravan,” said longtime friend Russ Fisher. “Caravan made life a lot easier for Eddie for sure.”
According to his obituary, Bonneville opened a shoeshine business at the age of 15. After a hitch in the military, he worked at his father’s gas station in the center city. He and his father started selling used cars at the corner of Webster Street and Hooksett Road, where a bank building is now located.
At the company’s peak in 2003, the dealership was selling 455 vehicles a month, company officials said as they entered the funeral home. Unlike other dealers, Bonneville paid cash for his inventory, Fisher said.
“He was easygoing. He didn’t get ruffled. He was very polite; believe it or not he liked the simple things in life,” said his brother-in-law, Allan Hess.
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