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Marc Howard

Died: Sunday, March 30, 2003
Marc Howard, 62, of Harrison Twp., passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2003, after a seven-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born in Europe in 1940, Mr. Howard emigrated to the United States in 1950 with his family, and thereafter, ardently believed that being an American was the greatest privilege of life.

Mr. Howard served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1960 to 1964. From this experience, he gained a great love for boating and a profound respect for navigable water, including the Great Lakes.

In 1984, Mr. Howard and Eric Foster bought the Blue Lagoon Marina in Harrison Twp. and rebuilt it into the beautiful, family-oriented, 900 plus boat well Belle Maer Harbor, the largest pleasure boat marina in Michigan.

At the time of his death, Mr. Howard was serving as president of the Harbor/ Marina Management Inc., one of Michigan's leading waterfront property management companies consulting as far as China and the Philippines.

Mr. Howard served the public in many ways, including as a former board member of Boat Town, USA; the former member and chair of the St. John Hospital North Shores Advisory Board; a former board member and chair of the Michigan Waterways Commission from 1991-2002; a former board member of Michigan Boating Industries Association; a former chairman of the Harrison Twp. Planning Commission; a former board member of the St. John Hospital and Medical Center; and a former member of the Selfridge Air National Guard Base Community Council.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; his daughters, Janice (Gregory) Utter, Tanya (Eric) Karas and Natasha (James) Riddle; his sons, Damon (Karen) Whitmore and Craig (Carol) Whitmore; and his grandchildren, Ashley, Kyle, Kierstin, Maya and Olivia.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 11, at 11 a.m. at the Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, at 211 Moross Rd. in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marc Howard Fund for Care of Needy Patients, Van Elslander Cancer Center, c/o St. John Health Foundation, MOB Suite 102, 22101 Moross Rd., Detroit, MI 48236.
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