Ira Feinberg, car wash owner/operator, author, and equipment supplier to the industry passed away on Monday, April 21 following a long battle with cancer.

In addition to authoring the book "Make Your Fortune Washing Cars," he regularly contributed articles to industry trade magazines, including Auto Laundry News. Ira Feinberg was well known for training operators in the art of washing cars, earning the sobriquet the “Dean of Clean.”

Ira Feinberg was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1930, and from an early age was involved in the quest for the creation and independence of the state of Israel, culminating in his joining Israel’s first army and serving in Israel’s war of independence in 1948. In 2008 he produced a documentary, “My Brother’s Keeper,” as a tribute to the efforts in this regard of the men and women of the Haganah.

Ira Feinberg is survived by his wife, Yaffa, neé Hausfater; his children, Juliette and Bryan; and four grandchildren.