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Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, has passed away

June 29, 2014

Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, and publisher of Automotive Fleet magazine and many other media brands, passed away this morning at the age of 86. Last summer Bobit had undergone valve-replacement surgery and had been working primarily from home. He died peacefully in his sleep.

Bobit was a man of outsize pleasures, but none more than his work and family, which were usually one and the same. Ed’s son Ty runs the company (Ed had turned over the CEO mantle to Ty in 2007) and his eldest grandson Blake joined the company in 2010.  Ed loved the fleet business and counted among his closest friends those he first met through the business.

He had a big family and enjoyed hosting annual reunions of his five grown children (his daughter Bonnie predeceased him in 2007), 14 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. He mentored many, many publishing professionals in his long career, and inspired many fleet professionals with his advocacy for the industry. The original idea for Automotive Fleet grew out of his notion that there were not enough resources for the men and women who managed large fleets. He launched the company’s flagship publication in November 1961. He was inducted into the Fleet Hall of Fame in 2009.

One of his greatest passions was any sport played by his beloved Michigan State, where he played himself during his undergraduate career. This year’s Spartan victory at the Rose Bowl, which he watched live, was, in his own words, “One of the happiest days of my life.”

He is survived by his five children: Ty Bobit, Beverly Jacobson, Beth Edwards and Bobi Jo Banas, Barbara Jusseaume, 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

For additional information and updates please visit Automotive Fleet.


  1. 1. Stewart Whyte [ June 29, 2014 @ 12:57PM ]

    So very sorry to hear this sad news. Ed was a truely great guy and earned the respect of the industry - and not just in USA.

    His legacy will be a better-informed, better organised vehicle fleet industry.

    Our sympathies with the family and of course all his colleagues. His will be tricky shoes to fill

    Stewart Whyte

    (Fleet Audits; UK)

  2. 2. Brian Reed [ June 30, 2014 @ 05:50AM ]

    Ed was a good man and an industry leader and our sympathies go out to his family and the Bobit Publishing Team.

  3. 3. Tony Wanderon [ June 30, 2014 @ 07:03AM ]

    All of us hear at National Auto Care send our sympathies to Ed's family and friends. His genuine care and support of others in and out of the industry will be missed and not easily replaced. I hope that at our next event, we will all take a more than a moment to remember and honor Ed life and legacy to our industry.

  4. 4. Tarry Shebesta [ June 30, 2014 @ 08:58AM ]

    Always enjoyed talking to Bob at the many conferences and appreciated his connection and support of the NVLA (National Vehicle Leasing Association). He will be missed.

  5. 5. Jimmy Atkinson [ June 30, 2014 @ 10:31AM ]

    Ed was a genuine leader and pioneer who always treated everyone as though they were the most important person in the world. He created a terrific business through his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for the industries he covered through his magazines. Ed will be remembered as someone who always left people feeling better after speaking to him than they were before. That is a true gift. I have known Ed for many years and he was always very supportive of me. All of us at AUL share our sympathies and prayers for the family.


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