John SavageWEST DEERFIELD, Mass.­– Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) is saddened to report the passing of John Savage, President of Savage Farms, Inc.

TPI says Savage was dedicated to his life on the farm. He was third generation owner of Savage Farms, which celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2010. Savage is credited with adding the crop of sod to the family farm, thus developing the first sod farm in Massachusetts.

Over the years he has been active in his professional organizations as a member of the National Potato Council and the New England Sod Producers Association, as well as serving as the Massachusetts Rep for the , says TPI.

John married his high school sweetheart, Karen, and they recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary. The couple traveled the world and enjoyed visiting destinations like Africa, Australia, Europe, Vietnam, Thailand and China.