|Birth: ||Sep. 29, 1919|
|Death: ||Oct. 2, 2008|
JAMES G. STICKNEY, 89, of Birmingham passed away on Thursday, October 2, 2008.
He was born September 29, 1919 in Brantford, Ontario to the late Thomas and Petronella Stickney. James was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1941 and served during World War II. He was stationed at Ft. Monmouth and Camp Crowder, where he met his future wife.
He was very proud of his service, having fought in Africa, the Sicily invasion, France, and Germany. He even received a letter of commendation from the U.S. Army Commander, as well as 4 bronze stars. He remained active in V.F.W. Post #2645 in Southfield, MI.
A claim to fame was the time he made the turnbuckles for an exhibition fight by the legendary Joe Louis during his service overseas.
Following the war, James worked as a mechanic for many years, then worked for Chevrolet and GM Engineering, retiring after 18 years of service. He was involved in Design Check, and was known to create tools on his own that were the envy of many.
James was very loyal, hardworking and honest. He was a man who would do anything for his family. A loving and thoughtful man, he was also tenacious, and a determined problem solver. He was also known to be a bit of a perfectionist. His curiosity and bright mind helped him in all aspects of life. He always thought of everyone else first, especially when it came to the care of his wife.
He was always helpful with his children and grandchildren. When they were young, he built ice rinks and taught them to skate. As they got older, he worked on all their cars, coached little league, and taught them the value of fixing things rather than buying new. He even rebuilt the family home and the garage.
He and his wife enjoyed taking trips together all over the U.S., from Florida, to the Black Hills of South Dakota, to visiting family in Virginia and Seattle.
James is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Mary Louise, and six children: Dana Thomas (Walter), Patricia Stinson (William), Margaret Madion (Mark), Barbara Gelling (James), Terence (Jenny), and John. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Leona Robertson.
Family will receive friends on Sunday, October 5, 2008 from 1-5pm at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel) 32515 Woodward Ave (btwn 13-14 Mile).
Funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at 10:00am.
Burial will follow at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the VFW National Home, 3573 S. Waverly Rd., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827, or the American Heart Association.
Roseland Park Cemetery
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Record added: Oct 08, 2008
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