John T. Schmader, 78, of Bryn Mawr, a former owner-operator of Schmader's Garage, a Main Line auto-repair business in Haverford Township, died Monday, March 17, of cancer at his home.
Mr. Schmader, known as Jack, and his brother, Jim, took over the family business at 610 Old Lancaster Rd. when their father, Cosmo, died in 1960. The two had worked as mechanics with their father since age 13.
"We remembered Pop's old saying: 'If you remember half of what I told you, you'd be all right,' " Jim Schmader once told The Inquirer. He died in 2009.
The brothers built the enterprise into a thriving business until January 1988, when - troubled by increasing overhead and eager to try their hand at something new - they sold the building.