Well-known Maple Ridge businessman dies suddenly – “We’re closer than you think.”

Ian Speckman (Special to The News)

Speckman gained notoriety for his Maple Ridge Chrysler advertising

by Neil Corbett

Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows News

August 17, 2022

A celebrity businessman from Maple Ridge has died suddenly.

Ian Speckman, who had a long career in the automotive industry, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 3, at the age of 60.

Speckman was the well known for the advertising for his Maple Ridge Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge dealership, which regularly played on the radio and on television.

The catchy commercials included back-and-forth banter about vehicles, and always ended with the line “We’re closer than you think.” His ads played during such high-profile events as the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the World Series.

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