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Since 1960 Mr Sostak paved the way for many in the motor industry to follow, he set high standards and went through his life maintaining these standards. He set goals for himself, and once he reached them, he set more goals. Never giving up and never “braking” too hard. If he reached the finish line, he would take another lap and keep persevering.
He integrated his work place in a time when the odds were stacked against him, by taking in and taking on any person who was willing to learn and grow. He saw no colour, age, or gender. If you had the will power to learn, he had the knowledge to share. We have learnt the principles of business not from a book but from an encyclopedia that walked and talked.
Mr Sostak’s knowledge, respect and profound love for the motor industry was a driving force behind his continued passion to the industry, an inspiration to all his staff and son, and his motivation to continue building his legacy, Wingate Motors.
There are not enough words to describe the dedication Mr Sostak had towards his work and his life. If he got knocked down, he got back up, sometimes getting back up took longer, but he always found the strength and right gear to get his “ignition” going again.
Therefore, it is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we have to bid farewell to a Legend, not only in the motor industry, but in life. A legend who withstood hardships, saw many changes in the world, worked hard, loved effortlessly, gave willingly, taught timelessly, and even managed to “steer” clear of covid.
So, Farewell, to the legend, the teacher, the Man who showed us that the secret to success lies in simple things like hard work, teaching, learning and perseverance. You have always been more of a friend, less of a colleague, more of a leader, less of a boss.
One of his favorite sayings was “this too shall pass”, and while we find some comfort in these words, we also begin to remember not just that you passed on, but that you lived. That your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.
Rest In Peace Mr Sostak.
Saul & The Wingate Family Team including Blaze, our Company Mascot.
There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart. - Gandhi