Chances are, if you’ve been to AAPEX, SEMA, Automechanika Frankfurt, Taipei AMPA or many other automotive industry shows around the world, you’ve either talked to or walked by Miguel Ángel Silva Méndez. He was always around. His smile was infectious. As a journalist, he was always asking questions.
On Saturday, Miguel passed away in Mexico City, the result of a heart attack, according to friends.
I count Miguel among several “three continents” friends, journalists whom I’ve known and met up with at trade shows on at least three continents. Whenever I was abroad, traveling by myself, seeing Miguel’s familiar face set my mind at ease.
Miguel was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, on April 24, 1956. He was a student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM, and was pursuing an engineering career, but in 1976 he began working as a photographer for the magazine Iniciativa Popular. In 1980, he joined the newspaper México Automotriz. By 1995, Miguel struck out on his own and created the magazine Auto Motores Informa, based in Mexico City.
A statement in his publication said, “Auto Motores Informa regrets [to report] the death of its founder and CEO, Miguel Ángel Silva Méndez, who was characterized by his fine, friendly and respectful treatment. He was an affable and tireless man with a permanent smile who always offered a word of consideration or encouragement, a joke, a teaching or a gesture of empathy towards others.”
Miguel is survived by wife Guadalupe Toledo and sons Aline, Aldo and Michelangelo.
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