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Heartfelt condolences are extended to the families of the following loved ones. However far we are separated physically, the spirit of brotherhood in the Trade School burns brightly. We are the last of a Group that will never be duplicated.


1921 - 2013

Walter, age 93, passed away September 1, 2014 leaving a loving family of children grandchildren and his Fiancée Estelle.
Walter was an outdoor man, teaching his young family how to fish and hunt at Lake Chemung. He graduated from the Trade School Class 1938. “W” Section One of Walter’s favorite stories was of Henry ord coming through the Shop area talking to different boys. Henry stopped and shook Walters hand and asked him how he liked being a Trade School boy. Walter never forgot that he shook hands with Henry Ford. There are not many students remaining who can remember shaking hands with Henry Ford.
Walter retired from Ford Motor and took up dancing lessons where he met Estelle. He joined the Alumni Association in December 2004.


1924 - 2014

Frank, age 90 years passed away peacefully at home September 5, 2014. Predeceased by his wife Laura. He leaves behind 3 children, Mike, Mark and Marcia, 4
grandchildren and 9 greatgrandchildren.
Frank attended the Trade School graduating Class ’42, Section T-A-1 Class President, Lettered in Varsity Baseball, played intramural Baseball, Basketball.
He was a Master Plumber for over 50 years. President of Local 98, Detroit Plumbers Union. Frank was a Past President (1985) of the Alumni Association. He joined the Association in 1967.

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1922 - 2014

Roland, age 92, passed away August 13, 2014. He will be missed by his loving family of children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Roland attended the Trade School. Later he became a Detroit fireman. He was an insurance agent for AAA for 23 years.

1954 - 2014

Robert, age 60, passed away August 26, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Denise (Dee) Campbell; children Robert (Sonny) Campbell, III and Sean P. Campbell; and siblings Caryn, and Ron.
Joined the Alumni Association 1987.

Frank Pettinga

1920 - 2013

Pettinga, Frank E. Age 92. February 27, 2013 of Grosse Ile. Beloved husband of the late Wilda. Loving father of Larry (Jo), Gail (Don) Martin, Paul (Bonnie) and David (Bonnie). Proud grandfather of 8. Great grandfather of 11. Also survived by 2 brothers William and Donald (Diane). Preceded in death by his parents Frank and Jeanette and 2 brothers Robert and James. Frank had been retired for 33 years. He loved to golf and was a former member of the Grosse Ile Yacht Club.
Apprentice. School Graduate Class 1942.
Joined the Alumni Association in, April 1958.

James Blair

1919 – 2014

James Blair died July 19, 2014, just one month short of his 95th birthday!
James was born in Glasgow, Scotland August 20, 1919.
Graduate of the Henry Ford Trade School. As a teenager he was awarded Boy Scout Badges.
Proud member of the U S Navy during WWII, serving as an Aviation Machinist Mate. He was a founding member and Past President of the Detroit Aero Modelers and Radio Controlled Airplane Club for 40 years. He was considered a Master Builder, scratch building and flying over 100 planes.
Husband of the late Margaret for 56 years. Loving father, grandfather, and Gr great father. He will be missed.

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