EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — He was a force of nature. He was purely El Paso. He was ‘the guy in front of H&H Carwash.’ Maynard Haddad, the longtime former owner of H&H Carwash and Coffee Shop, a Central E Paso staple, died Thursday at 88 years old.
Haddad closed the doors on H&H Car Wash & Coffee Shop in July 2021 after 63 years in business. The legendary business was known for its spectacular Mexican food and Haddad, who was often found sitting out front, smoking a cigar. It’s the only place in El Paso you could grab a plate of tacos, get a car wash, and find yourself engaged in lively conversations.
The restaurant opened in 1959 by Haddad’s father, a Syrian immigrant new to El Paso. It was kept running by Maynard and his daughter in the later years.
H&H fell on tough times during the pandemic, which forced the car wash to close before Haddad announced the restaurant’s permanent closure in 2021. When asked why he was closing shop after all these years, he simply replied, “there comes a time and the time is now.”
Haddad told KTSM he intended to spend more time with his wife and family.
In addition to H&H, Maynard was a hardcore UTEP Athletics fan. He counted Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and dozens of UTEP coaches among his friends.
For decades, there was never a shortage of people, food, or conversation at H&H car wash especially if you sat next to Maynard in his UTEP miner rocking chair. over the course of H&H’s life it saw many players and coaches come through its doors, including former miner basketball coach Doc Sadler who says Maynard always knew what to say.
“He was just that guy that knew your business tried to encourage you if you wasn’t feeling right at the same time he had to no problem knocking your boots off of you if you were getting as he would say a little too chesty he’d bring you back down to earth real quick.”
others who knew Maynard from UTEP knew him as a loyal fan to the school, including former athletic director bob stull who could always count on Maynard to be rooting for the miners
“Just a good friend to UTEP obviously all the coaches knew him very well would stop by and talk to Maynard and get the car washed and get some food he’s just always been around somebody you can count on, and people will miss him for sure.”
Even though Maynard may be gone he will forever live on in the hearts and minds of everyone he knew and according to Billy Gillispie he was where he loved most when he left.
“When someone passes we always say well he’s in a better place now and that’s true but Maynard would never think there’s a better place than where he was at that particular moment so I promise you the day before he thought it was the best place that he could be and i promise today that this was the best place and that how he looked at life.”
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