Ron Filardi – A Man to Remember
The Habberstad automotive family has lost a dear friend. Recently, Ron Filardi, a pre-owned client advisor at our Huntington location, passed on. For decades, people who came to Habberstad BMW would be welcomed by Ron’s infectious smile and astounded by the depth of his automotive knowledge. After over 40 years working around cars–and almost as many playing with them in his spare time–few people today have the know-how that Ron did.
Ron started working with Habberstad Auto Group in 1997. He was drawn to the precision and performance of BMW and Habberstad’s family-oriented attitude. He won numerous awards and honors, all bestowed with the applause of both customers and co-workers. Even when he tried to step away from the dealership, his professionalism, honesty and kindness were so missed, he was drawn back in to work part-time.
Late at night, friends would find Ron hunting for antique auto parts on eBay. They were both impressed and confounded by his collections of the old and unusual: clocks, gramophones, toys from bygone eras, to name a few. In the office, Ron was not only the man people asked for help and guidance, he was even Habberstad’s favorite Santa Claus.
Ron was a good man, a kind man, an honest man who touched those he met in the course of his days. He enjoyed his life, his children and family, his co- workers and the people who came to him for information about cars. The world will feel a little empty without his positive energy and his huge heart. Everyone at Habberstad BMW will miss you, Ron, and thanks you for all the years you shared with us.