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Martz Chairman Dies, Recalled As A Generous Man

December 14, 2018

Friends of Scott Henry, the chairman of the Martz Group bus company in Wilkes-Barre, were shocked and saddened on Thursday to hear about the death of the businessman, community leader and philanthropist. Henry died Thursday at his home in the Shavertown section of Kingston Twp., according to Luzerne County Coroner Bill Lisman. The coroner said no other details would be released except there is no ongoing investigation into Henry’s death. Henry took over as chairman of the Martz Group in March 2015 when his father, Frank, retired. At the time, he said it was his dream job. His father, who remained a company board member, died in June at age 85. Outside of the family business, Henry, 60, served on various boards including the Wilkes-Barre YMCA and The Luzerne Foundation, where the family established a fund to benefit various causes throughout Northeast Pennsylvania. Henry continued the family’s sponsorship of the annual fireworks show at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre, among other efforts, city officials noted. “He was an active community leader,” said longtime friend Terry Casey of Dallas. “He was a generous guy. He was a big family guy. He was just a good guy.” The two met decades ago while attending Wyoming Seminary for high school. “He was a very good friend of mine throughout my whole life,” Casey said. Henry enjoyed organizing an annual golf tournament for the American Cancer Society, Casey said. He also was an avid outdoorsman. Casey said he and several of Henry’s close friends talked on Thursday to support one another and try to come to grips with the loss of their dear friend. Some were too distraught to speak to reporters, he noted. Henry’s father was a founding board member of The Luzerne Foundation and Henry has been a board member himself since 2010. “He was a fine man,” said Charles Barber, president and CEO of The Luzerne Foundation. “He has been a diligent board member for a number of years. He was active in the community in many civic groups. I’m saddened by his death.” For the past three years, Henry ran Martz Group, a fifth-generation family-owned transportation company founded in 1908 and headquartered on Old River Road in Wilkes-Barre. Martz Group’s companies include Gold Line, National Coach Works, First Class Coach and Martz Trailways. The company employs more than 500 people. Henry started working for the company at 14, cleaning buses before he got his driver’s license. After he graduated, he started working for Martz full-time in 1981. In a press release at the time of his promotion in 2015, he called the new job an honor. “It’s something I have looked forward to all of my life,” he said. “I’m thrilled to be able to do it and still have the counsel of my father when I need to talk to him about things that he has much more experience than I’ll ever have.” Wilkes-Barre Council Chairman Tony Brooks said Henry’s death will impact the city greatly. “It’s a big loss for Wilkes-Barre in so many ways — in business, philanthropy and community spirit,” Brooks said. Contact the writer: bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2055; @cvbobkal  

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