TAMARAC, FL — Sonny Fazio, the founder of SONNY'S The Car Wash Factory, has passed away.

A statement on the Sonny's website says: Sonny's has lost a great man. Entering the car wash industry in 1949, Sonny Fazio discovered his passion and spent each day of his career pushing himself, and inspiring everyone he encountered, to do more — to be more — to try harder. We are saddened at the loss of our founder, grateful for the lessons he imparted, and glad that he is once again able to be with his beloved wife Gloria. Mr. Sonny inspired all of us to become someone better and his legacy will live on in everything we do. His energy, enthusiasm, and love so freely given, will be deeply missed.

If you would like to make a contribution in Sonny's memory, the family asks that donations be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Make a donation by visiting www.stjude.org or call 800-805-5856.