Hugh A. ‘Bud’ Rich, Jr., Richgas, 1st recipient of prestigious Distinguished Service Life Award

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association (PAPGA), for the first time in history, presented the Distinguished Service Life Award to Hugh A. ‘Bud’ Rich, Jr. of Richgas, Inc., Kane, PA.

Distinguished Service Life Award is for individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Association or to the propane industry and grants the recipient lifetime membership in the Association. A committee comprised of active Past Presidents and the President determine who warrants such an award. No more than one (1) such award shall be given in any Association year and it shall not be required that an award be given annually.

 Based on PAPGA (limited) records, Mr. Rich, Jr. was elected to the Board of Directors in 1968 and stepped down June, 2019, 51 consecutive years.  He is a Past President and also was the inaugural President to serve a two-year term, 1971-1973.

“It was my honor and privilege to nominate and present this award to Bud Rich, Jr.  He is most deserving to be the first recipient of this prestigious award,’ said Harold Sweet, PAPGA President. “The Board of Directors and members unanimously voted to rename the award the Hugh A. ‘Bud’ Rich, Jr. Distinguished Service Life through a bylaw change.”

Mr. Rich, Jr., received an engraved hand blown blue flame glass award and a personalized wooden bobtail.

Pictured: Bud & June Rich 

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