Bob Lichtmann passed away on Monday (Feb. 20), just two days before his 92nd birthday.
Lichtmann recognized an opportunity in the softgoods industry and started Covercraft in 1965 in a 1,500-square-foot shop with just one employee, manufacturing custom-patterned car covers for European sports cars.
Lichtmann was first and foremost a family man, Covercraft said in a release. Not only to his wife and three sons, but also to his employees.
“A kind, affable and warm ‘papa,’ he set a personal example of the value of hard work and the pride of a job well done. He was an honest and fair man to all, employee and customer alike. His door was always open and he invested a great deal in ensuring that wages, benefits and working conditions were the best possible.
“Employees found working at Covercraft such a positive experience that they recruited other members of their families to apply. Today, it is common for multiple generations of the same family to work alongside each other,” said Covercraft.
Lichtmann’s passing was preceded by his wife of 62 years, Charlotte, and he is survived by sons Marty, Larry, and Jay and their families.
Interment will take place Feb. 24 in Los Angeles.