W. Thomas Musser

Cecil Whig - - & -

11/6/1934 — 7/9/2016 W. Thomas Musser, Chair­man and Founder of The TriM Group, LLC, and life­long res­i­dent of Ch­ester County, PA, age 81, passed away on Satur day, July 9, 2016 at his home in Kennett Square , PA; after a brave bat­tle with brain cancer. He was the hus­band of Bon­nie An­der­son Musser with whom he shared 52 years of mar­riage.

Born in West Ch­ester, PA, he was the son of the late Wil­mor G. Musser and the late Ethel Thomas Musser.

A 1952 grad­u­ate of Unionville High School, he at­tended the Univer­sity of Florida. He served our coun­try in the United States Navy as an air traf­fic con­troller on the USS Shangri La (CVA 38) op­er­at­ing in the At­lantic Fleet.

He was Chair­man and Founder of The Tri-M Group, LLC and En­erG Test, LLC with of­fices in Al­len­town, PA, Lock Haven, PA, Mid­dle­town, DE, and Bal­ti­more, MD.

Tom served the com­mu­nity both lo­cally and na­tion­ally. He was a mem­ber of Westminster Pres­by­te­rian Church, West Ch­ester, PA, and for­merly a mem­ber of Unionville Pres­by­te­rian Church, where he served as an El­der and church rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Done­gal Pres­bytery.

He was past Master of the Kennett Lodge of Free and Ac­cepted Ma­sons and past High Priest of the Kennett Chap­ter of the Royal Arch Ma­sons, past Com­man­der of the Brandy­wine Com­mandry, past Master of Gun­ning Bed­ford Coun­cil Wilm­ing­ton, DE, past Il­lus­tri­ous Grand Master of the Grand Coun­cil of Royal & Select Ma­sons of DE, mem­ber of the Philadel­phia Pri­ory Knights of the York Cross of Honor, past Pres­i­dent and board mem­ber of the South­ern Ch­ester County Cham­ber of Com­merce, board mem­ber of the South­ern Ch­ester County Med­i­cal Cen­ter (now Jen­nersville Re­gional Hos­pi­tal), past Pres­i­dent and past mem­ber of the Kennett Square Ro­tary Club (now Ro­tary at Long­wood) and a Paul Har­ris Fel­low, past Pres­i­dent of the South­east Penn­syl­va­nia Chap­ter of As­so­ci­ated Builders and Con­trac­tors (now East­ern PA ABC), past Na­tional board mem­ber and past Re­gional Vice Pres­i­dent of As­so­ci­ated Builders and Con­trac­tors (ABC), past Na­tional Pres­i­dent As­so­ci­ated Builders and Con­trac­tors (ABC), past Board mem­ber of the Na­tional Cen­ter for Con­struc­tion Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search (NCCER), past Chair­man of the Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence of the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Busi­ness (NFIB), past Chair­man of Penn­syl­va­nia Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Busi­ness (NFIB) Guardian Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, past Na­tional Chair­man Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Busi­ness (NFIB) Free En­ter­prise Coun­cil, past na­tional board mem­ber of the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Busi­ness (NFIB), past Chair­man of the Board for the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Busi­ness (NFIB) Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion, past Na­tional Chair­man of the Board of the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Busi­ness (NFIB), past Trustee & mem­ber of the Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion of Ch­ester County, past Pres­i­dent of the YMCA of Cen­tral Ch­ester County (now Brandy­wine Valley), past Chair­per­son of the Kennett-Unionville YMCA Cap­i­tal Fund Drive (1996-97), rais­ing $5,200,000 for the YMCA in Kennett Square, PA, Past Chair­man, Kennett Area YMCA Cap­i­tal Cam­paign (2011-12) rais­ing $3,000,000 for the ex­pan­sion of the YMCA of Kennett Square, PA, past Board mem­ber of the Conard-Pyle Co, past Board mem­ber of the Depart­ment of De­fense Ad­vi­sory Board for the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Em­ployer Sup­port of the Guard & Re­serve (ESGR), past Board mem­ber of the Ch­ester County Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion, past mem­ber Ch­ester County Hos­pi­tal Cap­i­tal Cam­paign com­mit­tee, past mem­ber Na­tional Board for Work­force Fair­ness In­sti- tute and past Vice Chair and board mem­ber of U.S. Naval In­sti­tute Foun­da­tion Board of Trustees.

Tom tes­ti­fied sev­eral times be­fore Congress for busi­ness and con­struc­tion is­sues, and met with Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush on three dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions, in ref­er­ence to is­sues facing in­de­pen­dent busi­nesses.

A leader for many as­so­ci­a­tions in our com­mu­nity he gave of both time and trea­sure. He was a trusted friend and men­tor to many.

In 2016, he was in­ducted into the Ch­ester County Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil’s Busi­ness Hall of Fame; also in 2016, Tom was the re­cip­i­ent of the Jordan Award from the Ch­ester County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion. In 2013, he re­ceived the Ch­ester County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion Cor­po­rate So­cial In­vest­ment Award. He was a 2008 Unionville High School Wall of Honor In­ductee. In 2000, he re­ceived the Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Award from the Cen­tral Ch­ester County YMCA (now Brandy­wine Valley). In 1996, Tom was named Out­stand­ing Cit­i­zen, by the South­ern Ch­ester County Cham­ber of Com­merce. In 1995, he was named CEO of the Year by the Ch­ester County Cham­ber of Busi­ness & In­dus­try and in 1989 Tom was an Ernst & Young En­tre­pre­neur of the Year Fi­nal­ist.

Tom is sur­vived by his wife, Bon­nie A. Musser (nee An­der­son) of Kennett Square, PA, one daugh­ter, Traci Musser Bau­guess, her hus­band, Ron­ald E. Bau­guess of Port De­posit, MD, and their chil­dren Kayla Re­nae Bau­guess and Xan­der Thomas Bau­guess; and one son, Thomas H. Musser of Kennett Square, PA; two broth­ers, Richard D. Musser and his wife Doris and Harry W. Musser and his wife Peggy; brother-in­law, Wil­liam D. An­der­son Jr. and his wife Sherry; sis­ter-in-law, Terry An­der­son Vos­burgh and her hus­band Bruce. Tom is also sur­vived by six nieces and neph­ews and their fam­i­lies.

You are in­vited to visit with Tom’s fam­ily and friends at Westminster Pres­by­te­rian Church, 10 W. Pleas­ant Grove Road, West Ch­ester, PA 19382 from 6-9 p.m. on Sun­day evening, July 17, and again from 9-11 a.m. on Mon­day morn­ing, July 18. The funeral ser­vice will be held at 11 a.m. on Mon­day at the church.

In­ter­ment will be in Union Hill Cemetery, 424 N. Union St., Kennett Square.

Memo­rial Con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the Naval In­sti­tute Foun­da­tion, 291 Wood Road, An­napo­lis, MD 21402 or Neigh­bor­hood Hospice, 795 E. Mar­shall St., Suite 204, West Ch­ester, PA 19380.

Ar­range­ments are by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Inc., 250 W. State St., Kennett Square, PA 19348.

To view his on­line trib­ute and to share a mem­ory with his fam­ily, please visit www. grieco­cares.com.


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