On Tuesday evening, December 2nd, SOMI Magazine Publisher addressed the City of South Miami City Commission in support of the request for the street closure on Sunset Drive, so that there would be a memorial outside of the FootWorks store. These are excerpts of his remarks:
“Forty years ago, a young couple from Minnesota settled in South Miami, and together they have kept Miami running for forty years. South Miami enjoys the luxury of having one of the nation’s most comprehensive retail businesses dedicated to the sport of running in its town center for over 40 years. This is due to the Huseby family’s hard work, passion for running, excellent and well-informed customer service, and a devotion to community service.
“This past weekend, South Miami lost a great pillar of this community. John “Hans” Huseby was an unassuming and humble man, who brought his mid-West values and sense of commitment to this community. And we have been blessed with that for years.
“I was pleased to know him for more than thirty years; Hans was president of the RSMA for two different terms: once back in the late 1980’s/early 90s and a second term in this decade.” He reluctantly assumed that role. However, as the need was there, he stepped up when asked – and that’s the way Hans was.
His two favorite events in town were “Safe Streets Halloween” where Hans would be decked out in his favorite clown costume and give “haircuts” to kids and adults, and the Parade of the Elves, where he would be a jolly lead elf organizing the little elves and getting them ready for their celebrated march down Sunset Drive.
Smith went on to say:
“The six pillars of character are:
- Trustworthiness 2) Respect 3) Responsibility
- Caring 5) Justice & Fairness 6) Civic Virtue & Citizenship
“I am pleased to see the City of South Miami is choosing to honor this man who in his life epitomized these six pillars of character and respects the wishes of his widow to host a celebration of his life on Sunset Drive in front of FootWorks.
“A devotee of the American cowboy lore, Hans simply rode off into the sunset.
“Happy trails to you Hans…”
For other articles and tributes, please see:Hans & Laurie Huseby photographed with Team FootWorks staff at the ChamberSOUTH 2013 Business Excellence Awards Luncheon. The Huseby’s were the keynote speakers for this event. (Photo courtesy of ChamberSOUTH)
ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, SOME EIGHT HUNDRED GATHERED OUTSIDE OF FOOTWORKS TO PAY TRIBUTE TO HANS AND HEAR FROM FAMILY AND THE EXTENDED RUNNING COMMUNITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA.
PHOTOGRAPHED ABOVE: REV. “SKIP” FLYNN PRESENTING SCRIPTURE READINGS AND PERSONAL REFLECTIONS; J.P. HUSEBY REMEMBERING HIS DAD AND HIS LIFE’S LESSONS; THE FAMILY: WIFE AND CHILDREN AND GRANDKIDS. (Photos provided by Team FootWorks)