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Carwash forced to close following manager's cancer diagnosis

November 05, 2013
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HARMAR, PA — Vincent "Jim" Siciliano has decided to shut down his Harmar Car Wash now that his manager Andy Kubiak hasn't been able to show up to work following a cancer diagnosis, a Valley News Dispatch story reported.

The Nov. 5 story said Kubiak, who was at the carwash seven days a week for the past 15 years, has been sidelined since September.

The closure was “inevitable,” said Siciliano. Kubiak, 52, who was shocked by his diagnosis, had extensive knowledge of the carwash's mechanisms, equipment and operations. 

Kubiak, who was diagnosed with brain cancer, visited the carwash following an operation that removed 90 percent of a brain tumor. His wife Edie said he wanted to stop by and let everyone know he was okay. She was hesitant to take him there, "but he needed to be there. It made him feel better instead of coming home and dwelling on what his sickness was,” she said in the story. “It was business as usual. He's amazing, is all I can say.”

Siciliano said Kubiak still checks in on the carwash. “He stops occasionally, making sure everything is shut down properly,” he said in the story.

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