- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Sam Swope, who founded a Kentucky car dealership group that handles 21 automobile makes, has died in Louisville. He was 88.

Spokeswoman Biz Ethridge released a statement from the family saying Swope “died peacefully at home” on Tuesday.

Swope’s nephew, Swope Auto Group’s retiring CEO and president Dick Swope, told The Courier-Journal his uncle had suffered several health problems recently. The company announced earlier this month that Dick Swope would retire at year’s end and Sam Swope’s daughter, current company board chairwoman Patti Swope, would succeed him.

Swope Auto has 16 locations in the Louisville metro area and Richmond and affiliated dealerships in Lexington, Radcliff and Elizabethtown.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer praised Swope for his philanthropic causes, and University of Louisville President James Ramsey said Swope was “a generous man with a powerful affection for U of L and the people of Louisville.”

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