Obit: Raymond Sessa, 86

The longtime shoe veteran ran several of the industry’s leading brands.

Longtime shoe executive, Raymond Sessa, died on Aug. 18. He was 86 years old.
Sessa launched his career as a buyer for John Wanamaker in Philadelphia. He later moved into wholesale, landing a job at Brown Shoe Co., where he ran several brands. He went on to join Wolverine World Wide Inc., where he was in charge of the Hush Puppies brand. After a move overseeing Stride Rite’s Keds and Grasshopper divisions, he rejoined Wolverine — his last move before retiring.
A keen eye for product also led Sessa to develop 14 U.S. patents.
He is survived by his wife Nancy; son Scott Sessa, president of Minnetonka Moccasin; son Todd Sessa; brothers Norman and Louis, as well as grandchildren. 

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