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Penmar President Tony Soegaard dies suddenly

April 13, 2009

A community activist, family man and industry leader, he was 52.

José A. “Tony” Soegaard Jr., president of Penmar Industries in Norwalk, CT, USA, died unexpectedly on April 2. He was the husband of Libby Soegaard and the father of two sons, José and Javier. He was 52 years old.

Soegaard took the helm at Penmar in 1992, after a decade of service with the company under founder James R. Penders. The company is an ISO 9001:2000 certified label converter as well as a supplier of packaging materials and tapes. A champion of Lean Manufacturing, Soegaard worked to grow Penmar into a diverse company with a dedicated team of professionals, expanding the company’s capabilities and assets.

Raised in Palmer, Puerto Rico, Tony Soegaard was actively engaged in the Latino community in Connecticut, supporting such organizations as the Latino Scholarship Fund, Puerto Ricans in Management and Executive Roles, and the Connecticut Minority Supplier Development Council.

A resident of Bethel, CT, he was active in the St. Mary R.C. Church community, the Knights of Columbus Pavia Council and Brotherhood in Action Committee, and a regular volunteer at the Dorothy Day Hospitality House, which offers food and shelter for homeless people in Danbury, CT.

Soegaard and Penmar Industries were the focus of a Narrow Web Profile in L&NW in September 2008.

A wake will be held April 15 from 4 to 8 pm in St. Mary Church in Bethel. A funeral mass will be held in the church on April 16 at 11 am. Contributions may be made in Soegaard’s memory to the Latino Scholarship Fund Inc., PO Box 3355, Danbury CT 06813.