Gerry Lane dies after battle with cancer
BATON ROUGE - Longtime car dealer Gerry Lane has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 82 years old.
According to a family spokesperson, Lane passed away peacefully in his home early Friday morning.
Lane's auto dealerships across the U. S. generated more than $10 billion in gross sales during his lifetime. His son Eric Lane said the dealerships will continue to be run with the same principles he instilled in them.
"Customer service, innovation, and being deeply involved in the community-this is Dad's legacy, and we are going to keep running the dealerships just the way we have been doing, like he taught us to do," he said.
Lane also donated more than $30 million dollars to local charities during his years in Baton Rouge, including the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and YMCA sports around Baton Rouge.
Visitation will be at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd, Monday from noon to 5 p.m. followed by a private burial at the family mausoleum at Greenoaks Memorial Park & Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the YMCA Youth Sports Programs.
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