Lessons from a life cut short

This is a difficult blog post to write.  The saddest news that I can imagine sharing is that my cousin, Christopher Hussey, age 50, passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 19th.

Chris was the oldest son of Peter and Kathryn, brother to Letitia, Tom, and Sarah, husband to his incredible wife Sheila, and father to his outstanding son Andrew (age 16).

Chris was a Notre Dame and Duke University M.B.A. graduate, and served his country for five years in the Navy, on nuclear submarines. After a good and successful corporate career in Ohio and Indiana, he and Sheila started their own business a couple years ago in Indianapolis doing working capital financing, and had the business really starting to go.

Chris had served on the Hussey Seating Board of Directors since 2001, and was a very strong proponent of the family business legacy, and encouraged both the 6th generation and the 7th generation to “do the right thing”. He was a very important part of the connection between the business and the family; he will be missed deeply by all of us, most particularly by his family that loved, admired, and respected him. We have had phone calls, emails, and notes from many of you, and I thank you on behalf of all the family; your prayers, thoughts and words of support are very helpful.

Chris was in great shape, lived a clean life-style, and seemed to have everything going right in his life at this time. He was just here in Maine at the end of July with his family for our annual Hussey family/business event, with 32 other Hussey family members, and it was a great time for him and all of us.

Chris was out jogging behind his home in Indianapolis that Sunday morning before church, and just collapsed and died immediately. The extreme suddenness of this loss has impacted us deeply here, and brings home in an extremely intense and personal way the lessons that we should all know – that each day could be our last, and we should live life fully, love unconditionally, and leave no regrets. I believe Chris largely lived his life this way, and his too-short life will serve as an inspiration to many of us.

Tim Hussey

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Christopher J. Hussey

1962 - 2012

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