DETROIT — Douglas Dalgleish, who with his family owned and operated the last Cadillac dealership in Detroit before General Motors closed it in 2009, died June 28 at age 90.
The dealership was tied to Cadillac’s history. It was near the site of the first Cadillac plant and a few blocks from GM’s former headquarters building.
Keith Dalgleish worked with his father for most of his own career and remembers how well he treated employees, building them up with constructive criticism and encouraging them to take time for themselves and their families.
“He was very diplomatic, very tactful,” Keith Dalgleish said. “People remembered that. The outpouring from past employees and co-workers these last few days has been amazing.”
The proximity to GM didn’t help when, after decades in business and one-family ownership, the automaker closed Dalgleish Cadillac when it eliminated about 1,100 dealerships in 2009 as part of its bankruptcy restructuring.
Douglas Dalgleish joined his family’s business…