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John Alden McAuliffe
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Birth: May 20, 1920
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 16, 2010
Bloomfield Hills
Oakland County
Michigan, USA

John Alden McAuliffe of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, entered eternal life on Thursday September 16, 2010 from cancer. He was 90 years old.

John was born on May 20, 1920 in Swampscott, Massachusetts, where he also grew up. He was the youngest child of Joseph and Mary McAuliffe.

John graduated with a degree in Biochemistry from Harvard University in 1941. Inducted into the U.S Army for 3 1/2 years in 1942, he served in the military police, then studied the Japanese language for one year at University of Chicago preparing for potential future US intelligence in Japan. There he met Jean Wallace, his beautiful wife of 62 years, and they married in 1945.

He proudly received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1947. Hired by Ford Motor Co."Whiz Kid" Ed Lundy, John worked at Ford as a financial analyst, where he developed many lifelong friendships. Following his entrepreneurial spirit, he left Ford in 1951 to join in multiple business ventures which utilized his financial expertise.

Desiring to be completely on his own, in 1960 he established John McAuliffe Ford in Pontiac, Michigan. After 15 years, he sold the dealership and became a self employed financial consultant for a leasing company. He happily retired in 1985.

For John, "heaven on earth" was Tree Tops, the cottage built by his father-in-law on Walloon Lake. This was a place filled with idyllic moments shared with his family and closest friends.

He was a former member of: Dearborn Country Club, Oakland Hills Country Club, Walloon Lake Country Club and an Honorary member of the Birmingham Athletic Club where he was past president. At these facilities, he pursued his lifelong passions of golf, tennis, and squash. He loved to compete, which included bridge with his Supper Club friends and cribbage with his family.

A lifelong athlete, he also enjoyed skiing, swimming, and waterskiing at beloved Walloon Lake. Up until the end, crossword puzzles were an integral part of his daily routine.

He was the adored husband of the late Jean McAuliffe, cherished father of Jim (Sherry), Jay (Bel), Jerry (Kathy), Jeff (Kristi), and Jane (Bruce) Peterson. Loving grandfather of Kyle, Jessica, Ben, Lucas, Cassie, Mirami, Molly, Brendan, and Schuyler. Great grandfather of Audrey and Ava Buckman and step grandfather of Mark and Tracey Chedister, Amy Buckman, Andrea and Amanda Tinsley.

Visitation: Friday October 1, 2010 from 5-7pm with a Rosary and Family Celebration service from 7-8pm at A.J. Desmond and Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, MI.

Funeral Mass: Saturday October 2, 2010 at 11am at St. Hugo of the Hills, 2215 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Memorials: Walloon Lake Trust and Conservancy, P.O. Box 621, Petoskey, MI 49770 
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  Jean Wallace McAuliffe (1919 - 2007)
Created by: Elizabeth & Ron
Record added: Sep 30, 2010
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John Alden McAuliffe
Added by: Elizabeth & Ron
John Alden McAuliffe
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John Alden McAuliffe
Added by: Elizabeth & Ron
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