>> Tim Boswell, 41, president and treasurer of wholesale firm Nelson & Hagy Inc., based in Waterloo, Iowa, died suddenly of a heart attack on Feb. 4 in Palm Springs, Calif. He had been attending the annual meeting of Omni Corporate Services Ltd., a member-owned group purchasing and marketing organization. He and Lyle Trent, his business partner, purchased the company in August 1998. Boswell's father, Dave Boswell, who had been president of the company before the acquisition, then became CEO and chairman of the board. Tim Boswell was active in the community and an avid golfer who frequently won tournaments, Trent said. Nelson & Hagy, which serves northeast Iowa with plumbing, heating, cooling, and water systems products, was founded in 1965 by Fred Hagy and Harry Nelson.
>> John Willey, 81, died Jan. 24 in a New York hospital. His career in the PHCP industry spanned 40 years at wholesale firm Security Supply, Selkirk, N.Y., where he served in different capacities including executive vice president until he retired in 1987. He also was a stockholder and director of the company. In 1980 he shared SUPPLY HOUSE TIMES' Top Purchasing Agent award. Willey's legacy of hard work, quiet determination, integrity, fairness and honesty has continued to enrich Security Supply since his retirement and will for years to come, the wholesaler said in a statement. His son, Kim Willey, currently serves as purchasing director and secretary of Security Supply, and his grandson, Mark Deyo, is a purchasing agent there.