Car Dealer Family Gary Singer Recalls His Generosity
Nov. 16—Gary Singer, whose family owned Merchants Automotive Group for 60 years and who chaired its board, is remembered as part of a generous family who gave often to his Manchester-area community.
“He was a big giver of everything: time, money, accolades, support,” said former mayor Ted Gatsas, a close friend who remembers playing Little League with him and his brothers.
Singer, a longtime resident of Manchester, died on Tuesday aged 67 after battling cancer.
For more than half a century, Singer was part of the Merchants Automotive Group, which became a national player in the vehicle fleet industry.
The family car business started on the corner of Valley and Willow streets in Manchester in 1962 and moved to Hooksett later that decade.
This year, the family sold Merchants to two investment firms, Bain Capital and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.
After the family learned they were to receive a Granite State Legacy Award in 2018, Gary Singer told the New Hampshire union leader that “my parents believed very strongly in giving back to the community.”
The annual Gail Singer Memorial blood drive in Manchester is named after Gary’s wife, Gail.
During the 1990s, the family donated approximately $600,000 to help fund Singer Family Park, which hosted concerts and football games along the Merrimack River. The property later became the site of a city baseball stadium which carried the Merchants’ name for several years of sponsorship.
The family also donated $250,000 for a pedestrian bridge over the Merrimack River and funded part of the Irving and Bernice Singer Pedestrian Bridge, which spans the Piscataquog River.
“I don’t think there is a better example of a family more deserving of this award,” former Manchester mayor Bob Baines said in 2018. “They have set an example for others.”
Gary Singer is survived by five brothers – Stephen, Alan, Robert, Jeffrey and Stewart – and his sister, Joy.
Shiva will be at Chabad, 1234 River Road, Manchester, Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday 8am-12pm; Saturday 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 8am-12pm and 3.30pm-7.30pm; and Monday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, keepsakes may be made in Gary’s memory to support the Dr. Richardson Myeloma Research Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284, or Chabad of New Hampshire, designated for the Gary Singer Memorial Fund.