SALT LAKE CITY - C.R. England CEO Wayne A. Cederholm II died Tuesday from complications of a bone marrow transplant.
"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."
Cederholm joined C.R. England in 1980. Prior to his role as chief executive officer, 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. 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.
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. 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. Those who are interested in his courageous fight may visit his blog at: www.waynecederholm.com. In lieu of flowers, the family would like contributions made to Junior Achievement of Utah at ja-Utah.org.
Friends are invited to celebrate his life at a wake on Friday, April 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 PM at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 2315 Redondo Ave., Salt Lake City. Interment to follow at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 4th Ave. and "T" Street, Salt Lake City.