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In Memory: Ford Dealer Jack Kain Sr. has died

In Memory: Jack Kain, Sr.

Versailles Ford Dealership, Jack Kain Ford, has announced the death of founder, Jack Kain Ford, Sr. He died March 26, 2024 a few months shy of what would’ve been his 95th birthday in June. 

As the dealership’s marketing director Donna Sturgeon pointed out, “The year he was born the Ford Model A Tudor cost $500.”

At the 2019 Red Tie Gala, The Woodford County Chamber of Commerce recognized him for his lifelong support of Woodford County, the Chamber of Commerce, and his many philanthropic endeavors.

Recently, the bluegrass chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals honored him on National Philanthropy Day in November 2023 for his “consistent and generous support of The Hope Center.”

Nationally, he was elected to be the Chair of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) in 2005, and was selected by his fellow Kentucky Dealers to be Kentucky’s nominee for the national and prestigious Time Magazine Dealer of the Year award.


A friend posted this to Mr. Kain’s facebook page last summer, to which he responded, “I love it!”

Life Kentucky wrote, “Jack’s dedication to organ donation advocacy through Donate Life KY has inspired hope in so many. The mission of organ donation was close to Jack, as his children were on the transplant list, one receiving a lifesaving liver transplant.

Special Olympics Kentucky wrote in memory, “We’re saddened to learn of the passing of Jack Kain Sr. As our organization began to expand across the state Mr. Kain was one of our earliest supporters and continued to support our athletes for many years.”

Fellow Ford dealer JP Miller said, “May his legacy continue to inspire us to prioritize quality and customer satisfaction in our work.”

Memorials appear on page 7 of the May issue of Ace. Click here to page through the digital edition of the May 2024 print issue of Ace. To subscribe to digital delivery of Ace’s print edition each month, click here.