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Don and Rosie Hogue

Kirn’s Closes Doors On 60-Year Tradition

Kirn’s Closes Doors

On 60-Year Tradition

  Owner Don Hoag Joining Wife Rosie

In Retirement, Puts Body Shop On Market

Don and Rosie Hoag this afternoon in front of Kirn’s Body Shop on Route 28 south of the Cooperstown village line. They hold a photo of the original Kirn’s, which opened in 1966 where the batting cages are today next to the Doubleday Field parking lot. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Kirn’s original wrecker from the 1960s. It was immediately called into service.

COOPERSTOWN – Forty-one years after Edward Kirn began teaching Don Hoag the auto-body repair business, the venerable Kirn’s Body Shop closed its doors for good on Friday, the owner-operator announced this afternoon.

Interviewed with his wife Rosemary, the founder’s daughter, by his side, Hoag gave three reasons:

  • “The changing industry, and what it takes to fix a car.”
  • “As you know, in this community, the help picture is really tight.”
  • Those two reasons led to a third: He realized he needed to reinvent the business, and at 60½ he and Rosie concluded it’s time to let go.

That decision made sense, they said, particularly since he and Rosie lost their son, Justin, age 32, of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy on Sept. 27, 2016.  There’s no one to carry on the business.

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