The Glatfelter Insurance Group issued the following statement Friday about the death of founder Art Glatfelter, who died Thursday at age 88.

"It is with great sadness that Glatfelter Insurance Group shares the news of the passing of our distinguished leader, Art Glatfelter. Art, who founded the company in 1951 and worked tirelessly serving the unique needs of the insurance industry through 2012, passed away on Feb. 14, 2013. Words cannot express the deep sense of loss being felt throughout the company he built with such passion.

"In my heart, I know that Art is looking down from above with great pride and joy to see his legacy continue," President/CEO Tony Campisi said in a statement to associates. "Thank you to each of you for being an important part of that legacy and for your dedication and commitment to the continued success of this great company that bears the name of its founder -- Arthur J. Glatfelter, a great leader and extraordinary humanitarian who made the world a better place and touched the lives of so many."

During his first two decades in business, Art successfully built one of the largest all-lines, full service retail agencies in South Central Pennsylvania. The principles upon which Art built his insurance agency, "A Tradition of Service, Founded on Trust," remain the foundation of Glatfelter Insurance Group today."