Mary Hussey Stuart

April 8, 1964 – June 21, 2020
Place of Birth: 
Rochester, New York
Place of Death: 
Sodus, New York
Rochester, New York

Service Event Information

Funeral Service
July 3, 2020 - 10:00am
The Mass of Christian Burial live stream viewing


Newark Cemetery
N. Main St
Newark, NY 14513

Mary Hussey Stuart

Of Rochester and Sodus Bay NY, died after a courageous three-year battle with cancer, on Sunday June 21st, 2020, at her summer cottage on Sodus Bay. She was 56 years old. She was married to Charles Henry (Hank) Stuart for 21 years. Hank and Mary Stuart celebrated their 21st anniversary on June 21st by watching the glory of sunrise and the sunset together. A short time after sunset, Mary entered into eternal life.

Born in Webster NY, Mary was the daughter of Thomas and Martha Mary (O’Connor) Hussey. She attended Bishop Kearney HS and graduated from Columbia-Hickman HS in Columbia, Mo. She went on to the University of Central Missouri and graduated with a BS in Public Relations. She also held a master’s degree in Human Resources from Webster University, Mo.

In 1995, Mary returned to Western NY where she met the love of her life, Hank Stuart. Mary and Hank enjoyed sailing competitively throughout the world. Mary won, with Hank as skipper, the 2003 US Sailing’s Off Shore National Championship, the Lloyd Phoenix Trophy, with her teammates on Blue Knight.

In later years, Mary and Hank gave back to the sport they loved by providing race management services throughout the world for the International Melges 24 Class and several other international classes. No matter where they went throughout the world, they were warmly welcomed by local sailors assisting in the management of the races.

She was a member of the Genesee Valley Club, New York Yacht Club, and Sodus Bay Yacht Club, and an honorary member of Oswego Yacht Club.

Mary was a loving, spirited wife, daughter, sister, stepmom and grandmother. She was classic and timeless. Everything she did was to perfection. She was thoughtful and kind, and was always someone that you looked up to and admired. She handled her sickness with grace and beauty and she will be greatly missed.

Mary was the Director, Talent Acquisition for HR Works, Inc. for 14 years. She had over thirty years of experience in talent acquisition, human resources, management and operations. Mary was a member of the National Human Resources Association (NHRA) and their special interest group NHRA PRO-Roc (Professional Recruiters of Rochester) and was a member of the Genesee Valley Chapter of Society of Human Resources.

Mary was passionate about giving back to the community. She volunteered on the Lifetime Care steering committee for national hospice events, was Executive Board President of the New York Staffing Association, and the Rochester Yacht Club human resources chair.

Mary was predeceased by her mother Marty Hussey. She is survived by her husband Hank; her father Thomas Hussey; brothers Timothy Hussey, and John (Robin) Hussey; sister Elizabeth (Robert)Vallino. stepchildren: C. William (Bill) Stuart (Lauren) and Ali Schmitte; grandchildren Charles and William Stuart, and Caroline and Cameron Schmitte; sister-in-law Jane (Richard) Possee; 11 nieces and nephews as well as many other loving family members.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to: Sodus Bay Jr Sailing Association, PO Box 117, Sodus Point, NY 14555.

Due to the current public safety concerns, there will be a private service that will be live streamed Friday July 3rd ,2020 at 10:00am. You may watch the live stream by going to Holy Trinity web site: and look for the live stream tab. No registration or invite needed to join the livestream. It will be archived on their site for viewing at a later time.




I just heard of Mary's passing.  I'm am so saddened by this news.  I've known Mary professionally for years and she was always a great support to me throughout my career.  My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

Kate Burns

Dear Hank and Family,

Please accept our deepest condolences at the passing of Mary. 

Your family demonstarted the axiom, "The family that sails together, stays together."  For decades, whether racing professionally or professionally managing races, your family has exemplied grace on and off the water. 

Our hearts are with you in this time of need. 

Barbara and Ron Young


Hank and I went to high school together and reconnected in 2015, which is when I fisrt met Mary. I was immediately impressed with her friendliness and volunteer spirit, supporting Hank in his many contributions to the sport of sailboat racing. I only wish we had more time to get to know her better.

Hank, you were blessed to have Mary in your life. I only hope the memory of her will ease the pain of your loss.


God Bless Mary

Hank, Papa Tom & Family,

Your friends from Mississippi want you to know how much we loved Mary and are so saddened by her passing.  We have so many wonderdful memories of times spent together in many different places including, Rochester, Sodus Bay, NYC, Mississippi, New Orleans and beyond. What a wonderful, lovely, talented, dedicated and persisitent soul she was. Mary and Hank made a terrific team from the beginning. It is fitting that Hank proposed to Mary during a beautiful sunset in Rochester and was able to be together for another beautiful sunset at Sodus on their 21st anniversary. Given the times we are in, we are also saddened by the fact we can not be with you in person at tomorrow's service.  We send all our love and want you to know we will be here for you, Dianne & Hugh

Having known Mary mostly when she was a child up to her early teens, of sweet loveliness, both inside and out, her beautiful aura has remained with me all these years.  Back then, she shared this peaceful sweetness with her little cousins, my daughters.  Mary is one of those rare and precious jewels who is lent to this earth and brings to our awareness the good.  Tears.

Dear Hank and family,

I was so honored to call Mary my friend and my heart is sad with her passing.  What a wonderful, kind, funny and all around great person she was.  I worked with Mary at Adecco and then HR Works.  We had laughed that we ended up at a different company together  after we had parted ways at Adecco - maybe it was fate that we rekindled our friendship.  We often talked about her spot at Sodus and how much she loved her time there with Hank.  There is no better place for her to have been at when she passed into GODs kingdom.  I will cherish our friendship always - she was a tough chick (I used those emoji’s at the end of every conversation with her) You are in my thoughts.



Mary hired me to work for HR Works in 2018. She was kind, friendly, honest and a first class professional. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. 

Dear Hank,


We are very sad for you and your family. Mary was an absolute gem of a person and I enjoyed being around her. 

It is our hope that your warm memories will help you thrlough this time of greif.

All our love,


Doug Coyle and family

Hank + family,

I am very sorry to hear of Mary's passing and my wishes are with you for memory of so many special, good times.

I smiled reading 'No matter where they went throughout the world, they were warmly welcomed by local sailors assisting in the management of the races.' fondly remembering our visit when you came to sydney, let me borrow a shirt as i was under-dressed and we enjoyed a meal and wonderful visit & catch-up together.

You are in my thoughts.


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