By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
Local business owner and civic leader John Stuppy died on Aug. 13 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis. He was 62.
Owner of Stuppy Towing and Auto Sales for many years, Stuppy served as a Ward 2 alderman from 2008 until he resigned in July 2016. He had remained active in Ste. Genevieve civic affairs since that time.
Mayor Paul Hassler, a close friend of Stuppy, reflected on Stuppy and the loss his death will be for Ste. Genevieve.
“It really saddened my heart,” Hassler said. “He was a good friend and a good man. He was such a good friend of this community. He had a great heart and cared for others. That was what he was all about.”
Stuppy remained involved in local affairs after leaving elected office and usually had a strong opinion on issues.
“He wasn’t a saint, but what I liked about John was you knew where he stood about things, whether you agreed or disagreed,” Hassler said. “Even if you disagreed with him, he wouldn’t be mad at you,”
After becoming mayor, Hassler only half jokingly called Stuppy his “minister of beautification.” Among the projects he tackled was installing and maintaining flower boxes on the Fourth Street bridge.
“He wanted to see this community prosper and he did everything under the sun that he could do to make that happen,” Hassler said. “He cared for his community and loved his family. I’m going to miss him and I know this community’s going to miss him.”
Hassler believes the community benefitted far more from Stuppy’s kindness than most people realize.