December 4th, 2018 by

It was touching to see so many friends and family members participate in the memorial celebration on Oct. 30 at our Redford Township Chevy store for our dear friend and 23-year sales and leasing consultant, Rich Curran, 51. He suffered a heart attack on Oct. 6.

With Chris Zarbaugh from Kensington Church officiating, Dealer Karl Zimmermann, Sales Director Paul Zimmermann (both attended Rich’s funeral in Manistique), Fixed Operations Director John Peters and others shared personal stories about Rich and his life during the memorial.

“Rich was a one-of-a-kind talent and soul. He acted with a servant’s heart to help others, whether customers, teammates, friends or strangers,” said Karl Zimmermann.

“As the ‘go-to-guy’ for all things automotive for us and his hundreds of customers, he truly was the face of George Matick Chevrolet to so many people for nearly a quarter century. He is irreplaceable. Rich was always a source of calm reassurance and a frequent compass for me, as he helped guide our years-long voyage to becoming a great retail automotive operation. Our dealership will never be the same to me without Rich’s smiling presence and heartfelt generosity,” Karl added.

Rich, a Chevy dealer’s grandson, was born in Manistique, Mich., and lived and studied the dealership business from childhood through college at Northwood University. He worked with his dad, Chris, another “car guy,” at the family’s Curran Chevrolet dealership in the Upper Peninsula.

Rich, who loved hunting and fishing, joined our Matick Chevy team in 1995.

We’ve established the Rich & Chase Curran Charitable Fund to support Rich’s beloved son, Chase, age 10, with his long-term special medical needs and education. Email Paul Zimmermann, a trustees of the fund, at for details on how you can contribute to Rich’s GoFundMe campaign.

  • Read Dealer Karl Zimmermann’s letter to our friends and customers about his death by clicking on this link.
  • Click on this link to make a GoFundMe donation.

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