August 18, 2017
Stafford & Co. Insurance

Our Agency History

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A brief history - from James Kay, President                                                                                                                        

Stafford & Company Insurance has been in operation since 1881. Founded as Stafford & Chase, our agency specialized in the predominant textile and marine trades in our region. At the time, Fall River was a worldwide leader in textiles and the number one producer of fine lace fabrics in the world. John F. Stafford was a prominent local businessman whose family was closely tied to the region's textile industry. The Stafford Mills still stand to this day, and the Stafford name appears often in City landmarks, streets and history.

My grandfather, George Kay Sr., was hired in 1914 as an apprentice office worker. In the 1940's Mr. Stafford suffered an untimely death and his son, Birthwell, and my grandfather continued to operate the Agency, then known as John F. Stafford & Co. George Sr. became President of the corporation and served in that position until his passing in 1971.

In 1971 his son, my father, George Kay Jr., who had worked in the agency since discharging from the Navy after World War II, became President of John F. Stafford Insurance Agency, Inc and held this position until his retirement in 1982. I was hired a year later, after graduating from The University of Vermont with a degree in Finance. Ownership and control of the Agency was back in the family by 1989 and Stafford & Co Insurance is now a third generation family-owned operation with a proud history of 133 years.

Kusinitz Insurance was founded in 1942 by Maury Kusinitz. Mr. Kusinitz, a highly respected local businessman, and his son Stewart Kusinitz merged their agency with Stafford Insurance in 2001, forming one of the region's largest family-owned insurance agencies. Maury's business and personal connectons with medical professionals remains a cornerstone of our operation. Maury passed away in 2003.

Carrying on the family tradition, we acquired the George B. Lockhart Insurance Insurance Agency from the Lockhart family of Somerset on June 1, 2010. Their Somerset office was consolidated with Stafford's existing Somerset branch and operates from the original Lockhart offices at 1168 County Street in Somerset.  

Now, as we enter our 133rd year, we continue to expand our services throughout New England and beyond. Stafford & Co Insurance strives to remain as the standard of excellence for insurance and financial services in our market area. We look forward to assisting you with all your personal and business insurance needs and providing sound products and sound advice.

James (Jay) Kay