TOTE Names Tacoma Terminal In Memory of Late Leader Bob Magee

November 2011

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Highly regarded maritime and Pierce County, Wash., community leader Robert P. “Bob” Magee, who passed away in 2009, was honored Sept. 21 with the naming of Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc.’s Tacoma terminal in his memory.


SIU Tacoma Port Agent Joe Vincenzo represented the union at the dedication. Overall, approximately 150 people attended the ceremony, including industry and community leaders, extended family members, TOTE customers and employees. Many attendees described Magee as visionary.


Following Magee’s passing after a courageous, three-year battle with cancer, TOTE employees rallied around the idea of honoring his memory with a tribute. TOTE President John Parrott stated, “The terminal was perfect because Bob loved Tacoma. He came out of the vessel department and spent so much of his time at our terminal. Even as the CEO of American Shipping Group, TOTE’s parent company, you could always find Bob back down at the terminal on a random afternoon or the morning after a ship sailed.”


Phil Morrell, TOTE’s vice president of marine and terminal operations, remembered Magee’s frequent visits to the terminal and how he always stopped to visit with staff members. “When he was at the terminal, he was just Bob,” Morrell said. “He would play a hand of cribbage and was the target of the same razzing if he played a bad hand in the game. No matter the title behind his name, he was always relaxed and at home.


The Robert P. Magee Terminal name is proudly displayed on signs at each gated entrance to the terminal, as well as in front of the administration building at 500 Alexander Avenue in Tacoma.


Bob Magee began working for TOTE (an SIU-contracted company) in 1986 as vice president of marine operations. He later became president and CEO of TOTE, later chairman of Sea Star Line and then chairman CEO of American Shipping Group.


He received numerous awards for maritime and community leadership which now reside in a custom-built display cabinet in the lobby of the administration building.

 

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