Cumberland Times-News


February 26, 2014

JOHN T. CLANCEY [Punta Gorda, Fla.]

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — John T. Clancey, 82, of Punta Gorda, Fla., formerly an Executive with NADA of McLean, Va., died Feb. 22, 2014.

He was born Jan. 28, 1932 in Cumberland to John B. and Mary Clancey. Following military service as a Cryptographic Analyst in Korea, he spent a brief period with NSA in Arlington, Va., before settling into the Automotive Industry for a full time career. He enjoyed positions with Volkswagen Mid-Atlantic and Subaru in sales, sales training, staff, field and dealership management positions before joining NADA as a 20 group consultant.

During his tenure with NADA, John consulted to dealers of all franchise types; he organized and set in motion the NADA Dealer Candidate Academy to teach dealership operations to dealer sons, daughters and key dealership management. As the Academy Administrator, John relished observing the candidate’s progress over the one year course. His efforts were rewarded as sons and daughters assumed the role of dealer alongside or as an alternate to their lineage.

After leaving NADA, he became General Manager for a group of three dealerships. Having a total of six franchises and successfully nursed them to record profitability, followed by a three year stint of consulting to Toyota Dealers, until suffering multiple strokes in 1991. This impediment brought on right side paralysis, forcing him into retirement.

During his nearly 37 year automotive career, he met and knew between four to five thousand dealers. His travels took him to nearly every state including Hawaii, Mexico City, the Caribbean and Canada. A lifelong golfer, he played golf at some of the most nationally known courses and resorts around the world.

He is survived by his daughter, Constance Clancy-Fisher who lives in Snowmass, Colo. There will be no services. Please visit to leave the family condolences and to sign the online guestbook. Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.  

Inurnment will be in the Maryland State Veteran’s Cemetery, Rocky Gap at a later date.

Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, ( is in charge of the local arrangements.


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