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C.R. England CEO Wayne Cederholm dies at age 57

C.R. England officials said Wayne Cederholm was integral in helping to build the company to its current standings as a $1.5 billion organization and the world's largest refrigerated carrier. (Courtesy: C.R. ENGLAND)

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SALT LAKE CITY — The chief executive officers of C.R. England has died at age 57 from complications of a bone marrow transplant.

The company Thursday announced the passing of Wayne A. Cederholm II, who died Tuesday.

"His determination was incredible," said Dean England, president of C.R. England. "Now he is free from the challenges he has faced for the last eight months. He faced this with the same class and strength he always displayed with every challenge he faced during his long career with our company. We will miss him beyond measure. He left a mark on this organization that will be imprinted forever. In spite of our sorrow we honor him and pay tribute to a life well lived."

Mr. Cederholm joined C.R. England in 1980.

Prior to his role as chief executive officer, Mr. Cederholm served the company as chief operating officer, senior vice president of North American operations, vice president of administration, vice president of safety and personnel, and was also the company's first credit manager.

At the start of his career, C.R. England was an $18 million company.

Mr. Cederholm was integral in helping to build the company to its current standings as a $1.5 billion organization and the world's largest refrigerated carrier. 

Mr. Cederholm worked hand in hand for over 33 years with the England family, culminating in his lifetime dream of becoming CEO.

“He was proud of his safety record, which included winning grand trophy safety awards three consecutive eligible years from the Truckload Carriers Association, unprecedented at the time,” England said. “He always brought humor to his work but knew that there was a time to be serious and built his life around that balance.”

Mr. Cederholm graduated from Granite High School in Salt Lake City in 1975 where he served as class president. He attended the University of Utah, graduating in 1978 with a B.S. in Communications. Throughout his life, he worked on many civic committees and organizations. The Utah Jaycees was the first of many organizations he joined, and he took pride at having been the Chairperson for the Downtown Christmas Parade. He served on the board of the Professional Truck Driver Institute as well as a chairman for the Utah Safety Council.  In 2003, he received the Heart and Hands Award from the Junior Achievement of Utah, where he served on the board of directors.

His mother, LaRae Nicolo Cederholm, precedes him in death. He is survived by his wife Peeches, his children Tajha (Dave) Ferrara, Wayne (Katie) Cederholm III, and Dustin Cederholm, father Wayne (Mary) Cederholm I, his sister Shauna (Doug) Eldredge, four grandchildren, nieces, nephews, countless friends and extended family members. He was the "Godfather" to many and his Italian heritage was always a source of great pride, the company said.

A funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Salt Lake City.

Online condolences may be offered and a memorial tribute can be viewed at www.starksfuneral.com.

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