The Towing Industry Loses A Legend- Joe Pedigo
I learned recently of the passing of Joe Pedigo of Joe’s Towing in Bloomington, IL. Joe was a committed and fierce advocate for the towing industry and remained active in its causes throughout his life. My personal experience with Joe was serving along with him on the PTRIO (Professional Towing & Recovery Association of Illinois). As I was a new and very green member of the towing community, I found Joe to be always an welcoming and encouraging voice. He was actively involved in the legislation committee and served all Illinois towers well. I would often see Joe at Tow Shows around the country and would always approach him as if we were old friends. Truth be told, I’m not sure he always remembered me as the kid from Naperville. He was a true legend and was constantly being greeted by a long line of people saying hi to Joe as he walked the tow show floor
. He was so kind to so many of us I think we all felt like Joe’s good friend.
Joe’s son posted the following on Tow411.
He started this company 46 years ago to support a house full of kids, and although it has changed greatly from the repair shop with a tow truck that it was in the beginning, we are proud to carry on the traditions that he started. Joe excelled at everything he did, from towing for the police departments to impounding illegally parked cars to recovering overturned tractor-trailers to working tirelessly for legislative changes that benefit the entire towing industry. He never took the easy way out, but constantly strived to do it better the next time. Joe was active on the Legislative Committee for many years for both the Professional Towing and Recovery Operators of Illinois, as well as the national Towing & Recovery Association of America. He served 2 terms as President of the PTROI, and was the current President of the TRAA at the time of his passing. His goal was to make the towing industry better for everyone as a whole. Joe was inducted into the Towing Hall of Fame in 2007, had TRAA Level 3 Heavy Recovery Specialist Certification as well was a WreckMaster 6/7.
Joe’s Towing & Recovery will continue on without a pause (because Papa Joe would kick all our butts if we didn’t lol), but please bear with us as our family mourns the loss of a great man, as well as a great leader in the towing industry. … In lieu of flowers, we ask that memorials be made in Joe’s honor to the American Cancer Society, the Towing Survivor Fund or to the Professional Towing & Recovery Operators of Illinois Legislative or Education Funds.
Rest in peace Papa Joe. We love you and we got this. #TeamJoes