HOWELL, MICH. (Aug. 30, 8:25 a.m. ET) — Richard Hatherley, a 43-year auxiliary equipment sales veteran and technical sales manager for ACS Group, died Aug. 23 at his home in Howell of suspected heart failure.
Hatherley was 65. But retirement was the last thing on his mind, said longtime co-worker Keith Larson, vice president of sales and marketing for New Berlin, Wis.-based ACS.
“He was a full-time employee when he passed away. He said when it got to the point where it wasn't fun anymore, he'd retire. But he never did. He liked what he did and the people he worked with. He was just a real good guy,” Larson said.
Years of experience made Hatherley well-known, and liked, by customers and colleagues, Larson said. “He was … real easy to work with. He always liked to do the right thing for the customers.”
Hatherley also had a good sense of humor. “He could diffuse any problem with a quip,” Larson said.
After graduating from General Motors Institute as a mechanical engineer, Hatherly started working at Whitlock Inc. in 1968. Larson said that was a year after AEC Inc. bought the maker of hopper loaders. Hatherley continued at Whitlock for a while before leaving for HydReclaim Corp. But then AEC bought HydReclaim in 1996.
“He was in sales pretty much his whole career,” Larson said. “He was primarily a material-handling and reclaim and extrusion guy. That's where he spent most of his time.”
Funeral services were held Aug. 26. Memorial contributions may be made in Hatherley's name to the American Heart Association.