Timothy B. Hussey 1956 - 2016
It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce today the passing of our President and CEO, Timothy B. Hussey. Tim died peacefully at Massachusetts General Hospital early this morning, surrounded by his family after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was 59 years old.
Tim was a member of the sixth generation of continuous Hussey Family ownership, and the latest to lead Hussey Seating Company, which was founded in 1835. Tim succeeded his father, Philip W. Hussey, Jr., as President in 1995 and assumed the role of CEO in 1996. He was elected Chairman of the Board in 2001.
Tim was passionate about his Family’s commitment to Hussey Seating Company, and his mission to see the 7th generation of the Family continue that proud legacy of ownership of the Family business. His mantra was “We’re a Family business – in it for the long run”. As he did with every challenge, Tim faced his disease head on, with one of his priorities being to ensure a smooth transition of the day-to-day management of the company and to reaffirm the Family’s commitment to see the business pass to the 7th generation of ownership and beyond.
COO and CFO Gary Merrill will now assume the role of President. He'll continue to be supported by an experienced Leadership team. “I have every confidence that our team will overcome this loss and continue to manage this business successfully for the owners and shareholders.” said Merrill “Tim was a very hands-on CEO, and this is his plan, his team – and we’re more determined than ever to see this business set up for continued prosperity well into its third century of operation.”
Tim’s leadership extended well beyond the corporate sphere, and his commitment to his community was as strong as his commitment to the Family business. Tim was tireless in support of numerous organizations and causes. In addition to his Family’s longstanding support for the United Way of York County, Tim was the chair of Educate Maine and a board member of RSU 21 School District in Kennebunk. He also served on the Maine Development Foundation and the Maine Economic Growth Council. He has received the Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award from the Maine Development Foundation, the Joel Stevens Community Spirit Award from the Kennebunk- Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce, and he was inducted as a member of the Junior Achievement Maine Business Hall of Fame.
Tim leaves behind an enviable legacy of corporate success and community leadership, yet without doubt he was committed to and enjoyed most to his role as a husband and father. He is survived by his wife Marcia; children Hannah, Philip and Olivia; mother Martha and siblings Anne, Jonathan and Richard; and the extended Hussey Family of which he was so proud.
He also leaves his Hussey Seating Company family of approximately 250 employees. Tim felt a keen sense of appreciation for the many generations of local families that helped build Hussey Seating's success, and a strong responsibility to maintain high quality, good paying manufacturing jobs here in Southern Maine. He was a constant presence on the North Berwick campus, from the shop floor to the boardroom. A 35-year employee himself, Tim knew all of his employees, and was on a first name basis with most. His calm, steady leadership will be sorely missed, but he will be with us in spirit as we remain “a Family business, in it for the long run.”