by Chris Dubuque…..
The Citroën community has lost another great personality. Hank Heilig passed away on July 15, 2022 at the age of 91. Hendrikus Wilhelmus Heilig (known as “Henk” or more commonly, “Hank”) was born in Velsen, Holland in 1930.
Hank originally moved his family from Holland to Vancouver BC in 1970. Soon after arriving, he went to to work for Citroën Canada, at their dealership on Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver.
Hank served as service manager and helped Citroën launch the SM model in Canada, including training other dealerships on the SM.
After Citroën stopped selling cars in North America and were winding their operations down, Hank decided to leave Citroën Canada and in 1974, he purchased an existing business called Parthenon Motors in Vancouver. Parthenon originally handled marques such as Rolls Royce and Peugeot, but Hank chose to focus the business on parts and repairs for Citroëns. Hank’s sons Paul and Rudy Heilig learned Citroëns during this time.
Hank ran Parthenon from several different locations in and around Vancouver but by 1983/1984, he decided to move the family to San Diego and take over another existing Citroën dealer, Riveria Motors. They changed the business name to Citroën Concours of America.
Gradually Hank handed the torch to his sons Paul and Rudy. But Hank did not fully retire; he continued to rebuild components for Citroën cars well into his 80’s. Rudy and Paul have carried the torch and started their own businesses, both associated with Citroëns.
Hank, you will be missed. Condolences to the family.