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    It is with a sad heart that i report the passing of my best friend, Brad Kuchan of Illinios, He was a long time vendor at National meets and May in South Bend, with usually the best organized vend space there was. LOL Buying a Pierce Arrow was the goal he had just attained, The trips and adventures we had are now fond memories,

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    Long time parts vendor and a true Studebaker Fan, passed away today at his home in Illinois, from a heart attack.. Brad was known by many over the many years that he vended at national meets and May in South Bend, He hand just got the car of his dream , A Pierce Arrow.

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    • #3
      He was ill for a few years, as I recall.

      Craig

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      • #4
        Sudden or prolonged? Know any details? Stopped at his place in July, no one home.
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        Richard Quinn
        Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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        • #5
          Another image from 2012.
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          Richard Quinn
          Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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          • #6
            My condolences on behalf of the Nutmeg Chapter here in CT.
            Chip
            '63 Cruiser
            '57 Packard wagon
            '61 Lark Regal 4 dr wagon
            '50 Commander 4 dr sedan

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            • #7
              He had heart surgery 2 years ago and doing well, his ex wife found him collapsed 1 hour after speaking to him, from a heart attack, they could not revive.

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              • #8
                He always had lots of 47-52 parts at the meets. After he sold his parts in 2015 to Studebakers West I had not seen him. I can still picture his parents helping him unload parts at a meet in years past. It is hard to see our Studebaker friends leaving us.
                Milt

                1947 Champion (owned since 1967)
                1961 Hawk 4-speed
                1967 Avanti
                1961 Lark 2 door
                1988 Avanti Convertible

                Member of SDC since 1973

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                • #9
                  Soo sad to hear. Sincere condolences to his loved ones, and may he Rest In Peace

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                  • #10
                    Always enjoyed visiting with him in the swap area. God Bless
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                    Claude Chmielewski
                    Studeski
                    http://www.studeski.com
                    Fillmore, Wisconsin
                    47 M-16 Truck
                    53 2R5
                    60 Lark VIII Convertible
                    60 5E7 Champ pickup
                    62 GT Hawk 4 speed
                    63 Lark
                    63 GT Hawk R2 4 speed
                    64 Commander Wagonaire
                    64 Daytona Convertible
                    50 Champion Regal (parts car)
                    36 Dictator
                    36 Dictator in pieces

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                    • #11
                      That is so sad. I remember Brad from way back. I sold him NOS '58 Packard parts then. More recently, we have exchanged many e-mails, usually in reference to something on this SDC Forum.
                      Gary L.
                      Wappinger, NY

                      SDC member since 1968
                      Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                      • #12
                        I always bought parts from him. He was a really nice guy.
                        RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

                        17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
                        10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
                        10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
                        4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
                        5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
                        56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
                        60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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                        • #13
                          Yes Gary, he went thru that 58Packard collection, and when I bought my Packard Hawk, which he found and helped me haul home, we Displayed all the 58Packard body styles at a local meet. That doesn't happen very often!

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                          • #14
                            If Brad did not have the part you were looking for, he would always dig out the parts manual and give you the number of what you needed so you could look elsewhere. He gave my Daughter several bits of paperwork from the Dealer that sold her truck new.

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                            • #15
                              Sorry indeed to hear of this; Brad was a good vendor and active in Studebaker Bands, as I recall.

                              RIP, Brad, and best wishes to your family. BP
                              We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                              Ayn Rand:
                              "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                              G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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