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Passing of Parma Founder, Ken MacDowell

Old 12-23-2010, 12:02 AM
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Mike, I am so sorry,my prays and thought to you and your family.
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Old 12-23-2010, 06:31 AM
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Sorry for you and Joyce's loss. He gave me my start as a Engineering Technican over 23 years ago. It help me go to college and get my degrees and find the career that I am in today. For that I am thankfull.
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Old 12-23-2010, 07:19 AM
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Very sorry to hear this Mike. Condolences to you and your family.

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Old 12-23-2010, 09:06 AM
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Sorry for your loss Mike. Best wishes to you and the rest of your family.

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Old 12-23-2010, 09:17 AM
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One of the great contributors of our industry. Our deepest sympathy and prays to your family Mike.
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Old 12-23-2010, 09:22 AM
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Sorry to hear about the passing of your father. We grew up with the Parma name.

Condolences from Caster Racing.
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Old 12-23-2010, 09:27 AM
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Condolences Mike. Your Dad will be missed.
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Old 12-24-2010, 07:51 AM
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Jayne and I send our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

I have had the honor of knowing Ken since 1982. Being one of the founding fathers of the slot car and RC hobbies, his leadership will be missed.

I will always remember the long hours spent at the Chicago Hobby Show and his attention to detail as well as the personal time he spent with me sharing his passion of collecting cars.

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Old 12-24-2010, 10:25 AM
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Although I have never met the man, my prayers are with you and your family.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:27 PM
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Mike - My condolences to you and your family. My Dad and I were patrons of Parma Model Raceways on Ridge Road back in the 60's and 70's, so I've grown up around Parma products. I still remember racing on the HO track while my Dad raced on the 1/24 scale track.

Your Dad will be missed.
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Old 12-24-2010, 06:41 PM
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I take off my hat to innovators and Ken and parma have set the foundations for many to follow for decades to come .

Im sorry to hear of kens passing but remember this mike he will be always watching .

rest in peace ken you will be missed.
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Old 12-25-2010, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by PARMAPSE View Post
It is with a sad heart that I announce the passing of my Dad and our founder, Ken MacDowell. 11/24/34 - 12/21/10
He passed away peacefully Tuesday evening with my Mom and I in attendance.
He was diagnosed about five years ago with a rare movement disorder called PSP (progressive supranuclear palsy) caused by a brain disease, for which there is no known cure or medication. In lieu of flowers or for more information, make contributions at curepsp.org.

Ken was the founder of Parma Model Raceway in 1964, and along with his wife Joyce, grew the business into an internationally known manufacturer of model car racing products known as Parma International, Inc. Ken retired in 1994.

Visitation will be held Thursday 23rd from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Funeral services will be Friday 24th at 9 am. For more info and tribute page, please visit

Mike MacDowell
So Sorry to hear about this. Ive bought Parma products for years.
And will continue to do so. Your family is in my prayers.
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Old 12-25-2010, 11:38 AM
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Very sad news, my thoughts are with you and your family.

I was sponsored by Parma in the '80s and '90s through their long-time UK agent Helger Racing, now Horizon Hobby UK. I had the pleasure of meeting Ken and sharing an evening with him at the 1993 IFMAR Off-Road World Championships and he was great fun to be with. I've used Parma slot car products and RC car products since the late 1960s. The great thing about Parma was not just that they had a good idea, but that they kept that idea up to date, and continued to lead the field. That was down to Ken.

I still use Parma stuff, and it is still as good as ever. Ken's greatest legacy is that the firm he founded has been handed on to such good people, and that you have continued to lead the field. Ken will not be forgotten, and his success lives on.
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Mike, Sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Your dad was always someone I felt I could go for the club or if I needed advice. He will be missed.

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Sorry to hear of this. RC racing has been a huge blessing to my life and Parma has been a big part of that. You never know how your actions may affect the lives of others. Thank you for your family's contribution to the sport.
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