This week’s featured Kiwanian is Leroy Hussey Jr. He has served in Kiwanis for 59 years, complete with perfect attendance, and held the position of President of Kiwanis in 1964. He also vows to continue his perfect attendance streak until the 60 year mark, March of 2017. Let’s get to know Leroy and see what he’s done throughout his life.
Leroy was born on December 28, 1924. He grew up in Maine, and went to Cony High School (It was around back then!? Yes, it was). He also was part of the Boy Scouts of America from 1937 to 1943. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest honor a Scout can receive, in 1942. He graduated from Cony in 1943. That same summer Leroy decided to join the Army and fight to defend Europe from the German invasion in World War II.
While in Europe, Leroy was part of the 258th Battalion under Patton’s 3rd Army. He landed in Utah Beach in June of 1944 and fought on the beaches of Normandy. This was only the beginning of the war for Leroy, and he continued across the European landscape fighting the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. The Army brought him across Germany and into Pilson, Czechoslovakia towards the end of the war. He was there during the final days and received the news of the wars end while still over seas in Czechoslovakia.
After the war, Leroy left the Army and decided to attend college. He began his schooling in 1946, at Boston University. He graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1948. During his time at college, a wonderful woman caught his eye, and Leroy married Marion Littlefield in 1947. They had three children together, one daughter and two sons.
After college Leroy took over the family business, Hussey Hardware Co. in September of 1948. He worked there, then became the CEO a few years later, and ran the company for the next 44 years! He retired from the hardware business in 1992.
While Leroy worked and contributed to the community, he also was part of many other societies and clubs in Maine. He is a Life member of the Augusta Historical Society, was the Director of Augusta YMCA from 1960-72, Life member of the American Legion, Board of Trustees for the South Parish Congregational Church between 1996 and 2002, two years of which he was the chairman. Joined the Kora Shrine in 1949, served as Potentate in 1972. Served the Boy Scouts of America as an adult assistant from 1948 until 1965. Member of the Augusta Lodge Scottish Rite, and York Rite Bodies.
Leroy has served his community and his country his entire life, from the shores of Normandy to the Kiwanis room at the Senator. He contributed and gave to those around him through business, personal time, and I’m sure many other ways we don’t have room to write about here. He is a great addition to the Kiwanis Club and will be missed come March of next year.
Thank you Leroy, for everything you have done.