Charlie Sulkala, father of two generations of repairers, passed away on Wednesday, July 30 at the age of 91.
Sulkala was one of the founders of the Massachusetts Auto Body Shop Owners Association, the predecessor of the Massachusetts Auto Body Association (MABA). He’s remembered for being instrumental in getting both repair facility and appraiser licensing in Massachusetts.
Sulkala, a World War II veteran who served two years in North Africa and Italy, established Acme Body and Paint in Boston, Mass., in 1947. His son Chuck Sulkala now runs the shop.
Sulkala is survived by his family, which includes six grandchildren and eight great grand children.
A private burial service for immediate family only, as Sulkala requested, will be held Saturday. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Aug. 16th at the United Church in Walpole. The May Funeral home in Norwood, Massachusetts is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Camp Mak-A-Dream, C/O Collision Industry Foundation, P.O. Box 3007 Mechanicsville, VA 23116 of visit www.collisionindustryfoundation.org.