Beloved Shorewood Kiwanis Member George Duditch
August 25, 1923 - July 25th, 2017
George Duditch, loving husband, father (Papa), grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on July 25th, 2017, just 30 days short of his 94th birthday. His spirit is positive and surrounds us with kindness. George was a model of service to his country, community, and family.
George was one of the last of the greatest generations. Serving in WWll as a Staff Sergeant and stationed in Hawaii after Pearl Harbor. Upon returning, he married and attended MSU and WMU, obtaining a Masters Degree in the Sciences. He played football and baseball at these Universities. He once pitched for a City Championship at Briggs Stadium in 1942, for Northeastern High. George became a teacher in the Grosse Pointe school district where he taught for 40 years. He also coached both sports and was fondly known as Doc Duditch for his skills in helping with injuries. Shorewood Kiwanis recently had for the first time in our club's history a Brigadier General, John D. Slokum as a speaker at one of our club meetings. We so wish that George had had the strength to attend this meeting, and feel that the above photo represents him well, and we are proud of his service to both country and community.
Not only did George dedicate himself to helping students, he also became a community activist volunteering his time and love to countless others.
George served in various public positions including President of the Board of Education in the South Lake School District in St. Clair Shores as well as a long time officer of the local PTA, Shorewood Kiwanis for over 35 years and neighborhood organizations most of life. Some examples of his goodness are: Playing Santa for hundreds of kids going door to door giving out presents for needy children, ringing the Christmas bell for many a year for Salvation Army donations, coaching young children in neighborhood baseball programs and of course his famous corn roasts every summer for the whole neighborhood! There are so many other examples of humanity George taught to all.
He loved his family so much. For many summers he would lead his family on an annual trek to New England to camp, enjoy the ocean, lakes, and beauty of the area. He did the same throughout Michigan, boating swimming and BBQ’ing his unmatched rib and chicken dinners! He was so proud of that meal! Every winter the kids would sled, toboggan, skate and play hockey as George loved kids to laugh and have fun. He was a lifetime Red Wings and Tigers fan too and took many to live games. He worked hard and made sure all four of his children attended and graduated from various Michigan Universities as education was his top priority. He was really a great man who dedicated so much of his life to his family and others. They just don’t make them like George anymore, always willing to put himself last in favor of acts of kindness.
He is survived by his loving wife of 71 YEARS, Ida, his children, George(Sue), Gary(Carol), Donna(Rick), and Douglas; his grandchildren, Rachel(Scott), Tara(Robert) Natalie and Madalyn; his great-grandchildren, Ryder, Maren, Maya, Nathen; and the hundreds of lives he touched. We all miss him tremendously but know he travels on the wind and his soul will never die. In lieu of flowers the family asks that all donations be made to the Shorewood Kiwanis Club P.O. Box 87, St Clair Shores, MI 48080. Make all Checks Payable to Shorewood Kiwanis with a note in the memo line "George Duditch". Shorewood Kiwanis never sends flowers to the bereaved family, just a donation to the MI District Foundation that supports children's hospitals all over Michigan - the family will receive notice of a gift that keeps on giving. George and the rest of our Greatest Generation wouldn't have it any other way, which is why the family is asking for donations instead of flowers - he would love this so much for a service organization that he loved in return. George was the kind of man who tried so hard t be a "moral compass" for the next generation coming up.
The members of Shorewood Kiwanis, pause to pay tribute to the memory of our dear friend and to express our sorrow to George Duditch's family who has so generously shared him with us for almost 31 years, as he joined Shorewood in 1986 and didn't leave until health issues prevented his participation.
"Shared" is an understatement. Geroge never sought an officer's position in our club, always choosing to be hands on with the kids. He was Committee Chair of Priority 1 and established projects like "Christmas in August" [see our event page] and donations to the Macomb County Health Department for the young mother's closet.
Share your thoughts and memories of George here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Official Obituaries will be run in The Grosse Pointe News. And tomorrow in The Detroit News on September 24th, 2017. There will be no immediate memorial services, as the family is following George's wishes to the letter, and will be interred with wife Ida, unfortunately in a short while, and they specifically requested the donations to his favorite club. Always giving back, Geroge, right until the end, we shall miss you so much.