The aftermarket industry mourns the loss of Walter Clayson, who passed away on April 26, 2021.

Wally began his career in 1965 and was the owner/operator of Wally Clayson’s Service Centre/Shell on Mt. Pleasant Rd. for many years then later moved to Laird Dr. operating as Wally Clayson’s Master Mechanics. Wally was President of Automotive Aftermarket Retailers of Ontario (AARO) from 1986 to 1999. He served on the Board of Directors during those years and was re-elected as the President again in 2004/2005 and retired in May of 2005.

In 1975 he started the AARO Charity Golf tournament raising awareness and funds for Holland Bloorview Kids Foundation Rehab Hospital. His dedication to this cause raised more than $300,000 and in 2017 AARO Board members went to the unveiling of the newly renovated AARO Children’s Therapy Gym at Bloorview Children’s Rehab Hospital.

AARO has made a donation to the Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Wally’s memory.