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William R. Filbin Sr.

Died: Monday, May 31, 2004
Age: 82
William R. Filbin Sr., 82, of Marco Island, Fla., died at home Monday, May 31, 2004.

Mr. Filbin was born Oct. 10, 1921, in Detroit. He graduated from De La Salle Collegiate in 1941 and served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence during World War II. He then attended the University of Detroit Law School and graduated from the University of Detroit with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1948.

Mr. Filbin was a licensed United States Treasury U.S. Customhouse Broker, CEO of W.R. Filbin Co. Inc., chairman of the Great Lakes Task Force, and Detroit and Wayne County Port Commissioner. He was past president of the Detroit Customhouse Brokers & Foreign Freight Forwarders Association of Detroit, president of the Propeller Club of the United States (Port of Detroit), past director of the Windsor Transportation Club, president and member of Council of Lake Erie Ports, and chairman of World Trade and Port Development Council of Greater Detroit Board of Commerce. He was also executive vice president of the Association of International Board Agencies in Washington D.C., and the director of Detroit, Michigan FEMA operations.

Mr. Filbin was an usher at San Marco Catholic Church, a member of the Menís Club, Rotary, Cruise Club and past fire commissioner of Marco Island.

He is survived by his sons, Timothy John Filbin and William Richard Filbin Jr.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Friday, June 4, at San Marco Catholic Church, interment at Marco Island Cemetery.

Arrangements were provided by Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home in Naples, Fla.
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