W. Thomas Musser

November 6, 1934 - July 9, 2016 Kennett Square, PA | Age 81 Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother and Uncle

W. Thomas Musser, Chairman and Founder of The Tri-M Group, LLC and lifelong resident of Chester County, PA, age 81, passed away on Saturday, 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 Institute, and past Vice Chair and board member of U.S. Naval Institute Foundation Board of Trustees.

Tom testified several times before Congress for business & construction issues, and met with President George W. Bush on 3 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-in-law, 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 6-9PM on Sunday evening, July 17, 2016 and again from 9-11AM on Monday morning, July 18. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday at the church.

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

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

Arrangements are by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Inc., 250 W. State Street, 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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Memorial Donations

Naval Institute Foundation

291 Wood Road
Annapolis, MD 21402

Neighborhood Hospice

795 E. Marshall Street
Suite 204
West Chester, PA 19380

Services

Visitation

July 17, 2016 6:00PM - 9:00PM Westminster Presbyterian Church
10 W. Pleasant Grove Road
West Chester, PA 19382

Visitation

July 18, 2016 9:00AM - 11:00AM Westminster Presbyterian Church
10 W. Pleasant Grove Road
West Chester, PA 19382

Funeral Service

July 18, 2016 11:00AM Westminster Presbyterian Church
10 W. Pleasant Grove Road
West Chester, PA 19382

Interment

Union Hill Cemetery
424 N. Union Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Guestbook

  1. Dear Mrs. Musser and family: We extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you all, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mr. Musser was a GREAT MAN!!! I always looked up to him. I apologize for not attending the service, we were away in Virginia.

    Ken Altizer | July 22, 2016 at 9:23 AM
  2. Thinking of you all as you go through this very difficult time. He was an amazing man with so many great accomplishments in life. Wishing you peace and comfort. Our deepest sympathy.

    Phil Renae & Phillip Lyons | July 18, 2016 at 10:56 AM
  3. My heart goes out to the Musser family. Tom was wonder leader with our industry. Serving alongside Tom on several occasions was a blessing for me. Tom had a way of making a person feel special about what we were doing together. He focused on excellence on the behalf of others.

    Tom and the company he built serve as a great model of the Merit Shop and a beacon within the industry as a whole. He will be missed.

    David Chapin | July 18, 2016 at 10:25 AM
  4. So sad to hear of Tom Passing away. He was a a very good man. He was a role model for many people in the area, his legacy will live on every day when you see that Tri-M logo!

    Chester Kelly | July 18, 2016 at 7:38 AM
  5. I am very saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. It was one of my greatest pleasures to have been on the ABC Executuve Committee with Tom and then follow him as Chairman. I found him to be one of the most genuine and logical businessman while always keeping the interest of all stakeholders in mind. Most of all, he was a friend, gentleman and definitely a family man. My deepest sympathy to Bonnie and the family at this difficult time.

    Henry Kelly | July 17, 2016 at 10:56 PM
  6. Tom was a leader and role model to many people. His love of our country, his family, his faith and his company (Tri-M) inspired many, many people. Bonnie, Traci and Tom, you are in our prayers. Please remember all the happy memories.

    Paul Cohn | July 17, 2016 at 4:01 PM
  7. My heart aches for all the family. Tom was such a kind and generous man. Those of us who worked for and with him know that his kindness was only surpassed by his caring and generosity. Bonnie, I will never forget how you and Tom welcomed me into your home for many months when I was working in Kennett Square. To the family, I am so sorry for your loss. The angels are rejoicing and Tom is surely saying “If You Could See Me Now.”

    Nita McCormick | July 16, 2016 at 11:13 AM
  8. I am saddened to hear of Tom’s illness and passing. Please accept my deepest sympathies. Wishing you peace in the coming days.
    Perk Musacchio

    Perk Musacchio | July 15, 2016 at 8:53 PM
  9. Tom was the best that Rotary gave us. Service above self. He and Bonnie would sit with my wife Jane (another high school beauty queen) and myself at events and we would always go away with great smiles on our faces as we compared stories on life and raising kids. I have quoted his daughter many times that algebra was unnatural in combining numbers and letters.

    Bob George | July 15, 2016 at 9:55 AM
  10. Such a loss And legacy for our community. Our thoughts are with Bonnie and family.

    Glenn and Lauressa McNemar | July 15, 2016 at 5:59 AM
  11. I had the utmost pleasure of meeting and working with Tom through ABC National when I was a Regional Vice Chairman. What a knowledgeable and honorable man. The stories he could tell and the experiences he related to me helped me so much in my business and personal life. I will miss him, as so many will, and I pray for the family through these times. Tom is in a better place now, and knowing Tom he is still telling stories in heaven and delighting as many there as he did here on earth. Rest in peace Tom.

    Kelly M. Allen | July 14, 2016 at 12:06 AM
  12. Tom was a great friend who made great contributions to Associated Builders and Contractors and NFIB. He will be missed by all who were touched by the generous contributions of his time and talent.

    Phillip Hoppman | July 13, 2016 at 5:10 PM
  13. What a wonderful, kind, humble and loving person who will be greatly missed. What a pleasure it has been to know Tom and Bonnie. Tom was such a thoughtful mentor to Bruce in his Opticalinterlinks business. Have many wonderful memories with Tom and Bonnie in Sante Fe together. Our love and prayers are sent to all the family at this difficult time. “Grief is like an ocean, it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” author unknown

    Bruce and Marge Booth | July 13, 2016 at 2:35 PM
  14. Tom was a great man and he will be missed, my deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones.

    David Brock | July 13, 2016 at 2:35 PM
  15. What a wonderful, kind, humble, loving man who will be greatly missed. Tom was a thoughtful mentor to Bruce and his Opticalinterlinks business. Always enjoyed being with Bonnie and Tom, especially when we went to Sante Fe. Wonderful memories. Sending love and prayers for strength at this time. “Grief is like an ocean, it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim” author unknown

    Bruce and Marge Booth | July 13, 2016 at 2:17 PM
  16. Such a sad loss for family, friends and the community – both near and far. Tom was truly a pillar of the community he served. A quiet spoken man who spoke loudly by way of his loving and generous actions. I first met Tom many years ago as a car and truck salesperson selling him and his brothers one of their very first electrical contracting trucks. I can still see in my mind their original business location in Kennett Square, a smallish garage barely large enough to hold one truck. It was for me such a thrill to watch as they grew the business to one of the most successful enterprises. Tom, to me, seemed to manage his life with a steady hand . . . thoughtful and with a clear focus and purpose. Those who have enjoyed a mentoring relationship under Tom’s guidance received a gift that was priceless. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I can’t help but think Tom is now focused on ensuring Heaven is properly wired.

    Jeffrey K Wright | July 13, 2016 at 11:20 AM
  17. Tom Was a Great Man and he would go out of his way to HELP everyone and a great Supporter of the area RIP Tom

    Michael Ruoss | July 13, 2016 at 11:12 AM
  18. I was very sorry to hear this news. A great man who will be sadly missed in the greater Unionville community.

    Louis Mandich | July 13, 2016 at 10:21 AM
  19. “It is not length of life, but depth of life.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Having only met you and your family briefly at the CCEDC ceremony it was quite evident that your father had a tremendous impact on his community and many people’s lives. The stories told that night by his colleagues, friends, employees and family spoke of a very well-respected, honest, hard-working business man. It was an honor to say I had the chance to meet him and you, Traci. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Halli Witherspoon | July 13, 2016 at 9:53 AM
  20. Bonnie, Traci and Tom: Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to your family and friends. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Shirley Dilworth | July 13, 2016 at 8:15 AM
  21. A loss to the world when a fine honorable man leaves us behind.
    Mr. Musser, a fine honorable man in every way.
    Deepest sympathy to the entire family. Prayers being lifted for your broken hearts.

    Susan Sipala Drumheller | July 12, 2016 at 9:02 PM
  22. I feel so very honored to have known Tom and Bonnie. Tom was an incredible mentor and roll model, and I have little doubt that on your next journey you will continue to serve and the accolades and awards will continue to mount. My dear friend, I wish you the very best.

    Carole Bionda | July 12, 2016 at 6:37 PM
  23. What an amazing life full of accomplishments and honors that I never had the privilege of knowing. I only knew him as Traci’s dad and someone fun to talk to you during football games. Such a humbled man, proud father and grandfather, and a kind gentle soul. May the memories you have bring you joy during the days and years to come.

    Allyson Hash | July 12, 2016 at 3:17 PM
  24. May you rest in peace, my friend ! You have touched many, during your stay on earth, and left a legacy, of great accomplishments, and good deeds. An honorable legacy, A true asset to the world , and our lives. You will be missed.

    Pat Alibrandi | July 12, 2016 at 1:11 PM
  25. Wishing you Peace to bring comfort, Courage to face the days ahead, and Loving Memories to forever hold in your heart.
    Deepest Sympathy, Gail Honeycutt Abel

    Gail Abel | July 12, 2016 at 12:13 PM
  26. Well done good and faithful servant! Rest in peace.

    Bill Fenstermacher | July 12, 2016 at 11:49 AM
  27. So very sad to hear the passing of a great person. Our deepest sympathy goes to Bonnie the children and loved ones. Brown done many jobs for Tri-M and has great stories working with the crew. RIP Tom

    Brown and Fran Honeycutt | July 12, 2016 at 11:38 AM

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