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Obit: Raymond Sessa, 86

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

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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.