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Peter Secchia passes away at 83

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West Michigan philanthropist and entrepreneur Peter Secchia died on Wednesday at his home. He was 83. Secchia had recently contracted COVID-19.

Secchia was a heavy weight fundraiser for numerous Republican Party candidates over decades. He once served as the vice chair of the Republican-National-Committee.

Secchia was close to the late President Gerald R. Ford. Later, President George H. W. Bush named him as the U.S. Ambassador to Italy.

Secchia was a Michigan State University graduate. The headquarters for M.S.U.’s College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids is named after him.

A family spokeswoman says Secchia had been experiencing health issues for months. She says COVID-19 was a contributing factor in his death.