Brake & Clutch mourns loss of co-founder Frank J. Livas Jr.


Brake & Clutch Inc. (Salem, Massachusetts) announced the passing of co-founder Frank J. Livas Jr. on April 14, 2020. He was 93 years old.

Frank enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1944 after graduating from Wakefield High School and was honorably discharged in November 1945.

In 1965, he and Paul DeSantis co-founded Brake & Clutch, and began selling truck equipment the following year. The company became one of the first Ford chassis pools in 1981, and evolved into a dedicated and diversified TB&E business. Frank retired in 2011, but stayed interested in industry activities.

Brake & Clutch has been an NTEA member since 1975. Frank attended many NTEA events and encouraged Association involvement throughout his membership.

A masterful communicator, devouring books and reciting poems, Frank could effortlessly captivate a room with his soft-spoken stories. You could catch him on the beaches of Sanibel Island, looking for the elusive junonia. He loved baseball, cribbage games and fly fishing. Frank enjoyed spending time with his family, and brought a smile to everyone he met with his quick wit, playful presence, and kind and compassionate spirit. Loved by his family, company staff and industry peers, he will be remembered and truly missed.

Frank is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Joan (DeSantis) Livas; children, Frank P. Livas and Susan Mercurio, along with her husband Joe; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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