Statement on the Passing of Former Ambassador Peter Secchia

October 21, 2020
Press Release

Today, former Ambassador and Michigan philanthropist Peter Secchia passed away at the age of 83.

Secchia, was the majority owner of Universal Forest Products, and a philanthropist in the Grand Rapids area and across the state. He served as America’s ambassador to Italy and San Marino from 1989 to 1993.

"For decades, Peter Secchia was a leader in business, government, and caring about people. His endeavors have made a positive difference for the people of Michigan and he will be missed by all those who knew him,” said Congressman John Moolenaar. “I first met Peter in 1986. He had a larger-than-life personality and he was all-in with everything he did. Today, my prayers are with his wife Joan, his family, and his friends here in Michigan and around the world."