It is with great sadness that the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) has learned that former President, NORTHEAST Trade Show Chairman and Hall of Fame member Guy Citro of Citro’s Auto Body in Pompton Lakes passed away in his sleep late in December. Guy had been hospitalized since October 2013 after suffering a series of several debilitating strokes. He was 68.
“Guy was such a huge part of AASP/NJ’s legacy that it’s hard to put into words everything he meant to the association and the industry,” AASP/NJ President Jeff McDowell says. “Not only was he the moving force behind the NORTHEAST® trade show’s rise in the ‘90s but he was also a central figure in the merging of the four state associations that came together as AASP/NJ in the early 2000s. Guy Citro was a monumental figure in our association’s history. With the loss of Jimmy Bryant and now Guy, this has been a truly tragic month for AASP/NJ.”
Born in Paterson, Guy was the son of Samuel and Mildred Citro. Raised in Pompton Lakes, he graduated from high school in 1964. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War.
Returning home, he joined his father in business, helping him run Citro’s Auto Body in Pompton Lakes. He ran the business until becoming ill in 2013.
Guy is lovingly survived by his sons, Marc and his wife Alicia, Brian and his fiancé April Babcock, and Michael and his wife Lisa; his mother, Mildred Citro; his ex-wife, Susan Citro; his sister, Mary Ann Profeta and her husband Randy, and their family; and his grandchildren, Roman, Carson, Campbell, and Finley.