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Instead of her wedding, bride is planning memorial for fiance killed in logging accident

Union Leader Correspondent

September 24. 2018 10:57PM
Candy Knox was planning an Oct. 13 wedding to Keith Hussey, right, who was killed in a logging accident in Exeter on Friday. (COURTESY)

Oct. 13 was supposed to be a special day for Keith Hussey and Candy Knox.

The couple had planned a big country-themed wedding at American Legion Post #7 in Rochester and were looking forward to their new life together as husband and wife.

But their dreams were shattered when Hussey, an employee of Urban Tree Service, was struck and killed by a tree Friday while working at a job site in Exeter. “It’s something you always worry about, but it’s definitely not a call you ever expect to get,” Knox said Monday.

Friends and family will still gather at the American Legion hall on Oct. 13, but now they’ll come to celebrate Hussey’s life.

According to police, emergency personnel were called to 11 Garrison Lane around 11:30 a.m. Friday after the 44-year-old Rochester man was hit by a tree and died at the scene.

Police have released few details, saying only that other employees were working with Hussey and that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified and is investigating the incident.

While she is still awaiting more information on exactly what happened, Knox said no one was cutting the tree that hit Hussey. She described it as a “freak accident.”

“They weren’t even working on that particular tree. They were working on a tree next to it,” Knox said.

A representative from Urban Tree Service of Rochester issued a statement on Hussey’s death, but did not comment on the investigation or the details of the accident.

“On Friday we did lose an important and valued member of our family at Urban Tree Service and right now we are mourning his passing and offering condolences to his family and loved ones. At this moment we are not commenting beyond this,” the representative said.

The homeowner where the accident took place was too shaken to talk Monday, but placed flowers on a tree near where Hussey was killed.

A Rochester native, Hussey had worked as a foreman for Urban Tree Service for 12 years.

“He loved his job. That was his passion. He talked about it every day,” Knox said.

Hussey and Knox lived together in Rochester and chose Oct. 13 for their wedding day because it would have marked one year together. During that year, Knox said Hussey had grown close to her two children, 6 and 10, and had become like a father to them.

“I’ve spent a year with him and it has probably been the best year of my life,” Knox said.

She described Hussey as an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping and fishing. They spent much of the past summer at Fernald Shore along Northeast Pond in Lebanon, Maine.

“He was a very caring and loving person. He was always worried about everybody else,” Knox said.

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