Pat Ringold, Benna Ford owner and creator of Coats for Kids, dies after battle with cancer

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Pat Ringold, the owner of Benna Ford in Superior, died on February 18th after a seven month battle with pancreatic cancer.

His family shared the news in a Facebook post on the 19th, saying in part:

"Life is sometimes just not fair. This man was the BEST Husband, Father, Brother, Papa, Father in law, uncle,Friend, Big Poppa, Boss and many others. This is such a huge loss to the whole world but his memory will always be alive and he would want everyone who loved him to move forward. Pat was a such a great mentor to so many people in the auto business as well as a father figure. He was a guy who would do anything for you with no recognition needed. He will be missed tremendously."

Ringold owned Benna Ford for 21 years. He was also a fierce advocate for the community, organizing the annual Coats for Kids coat drive each winter. Over the past 20 years, the drive has provided 26,546 coats to families and children in need.