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Homer C. LaGassey Jr.

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May 29, 2015
Our family lost touch after my dad passed away in October 2012, but Homer was a good friend to dad and the family. We have one of his old boats and several pieces of art at the cottage in Harrisville. I'll always picture him riding the tractor and whistling over at Cherokee Trail. Many great memories of a special man. We won't forget him. -the Moshiers
March 05, 2014
Some of my fondest memories of childhood came from staying at Cherokee Trail. Homer actually gave me my first paying job. We would go up every year and I would be in charge of making sure all the inner tubes were all back on the post every night. I still have his artwork hanging in our home as do my parents. I have "LaSalle's Griphon" train #2201 and another ship. I have always cherished those memories.
February 17, 2014
Homer is at the top of my 'most unforgettable person' list. His talent, wit and friendship impressed me,along with his 'war stories' as a young designer at Ford. He was my boss as head of the Special Projects Studio in 1964-1965.When I began my design business in 1967,just prior to getting married, at dinner with my fiance, Homer remarked..'You'll have so many wrinkles you'll have to screw your hat on'. He'd answer a telephone call with,'You're looking good'. A lasting legacy for Homer is the Automotive Design Program he established at CCS, one of the leading car design programs in the country. He invited me to join this program as an instructor (1968-1986.
Homer was a unique personality in automotive design,known not only for his talent, but for his optimism and humor. Working as a designer for Ford,GM and Chrysler is a rare accomplishment. A few years ago the Barrett-Jackson Auction honored Homer by having him present the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Motorama car that he designed.
I'll remember Homer as a mentor and a good, generous friend who'll be dearly missed and long remembered.
We extend our condolences to the LaGassey family.

Dan and Penny Phares
February 04, 2014
Dear Family,
We loved Homer and Eleanor as family. Our memories are precious. We have one of Homers paintings that we prize. Love to you all. Sue & Jack
January 30, 2014
My family has many wonderful memories of Homer and Eleanor at Cherokee Trails and in Detroit. Many of his ship prints hang in our homes. Homer, you were a great man with the wonderful gift of storytelling,
January 29, 2014
Having been apart of the Carter clan on ferncliff, I had the pleasure of meeting the lagasseys and enjoyed knowing them in the 70s.I am truly sorry for your loss and also that david is no longer with us. My heart goes out to all of the family remaining. Robert Phillips
January 21, 2014
Such saddness that such a quick wit and beautiful person and mind was cut short by Alzheimers. My family and I had the pleasure of getting to know Homer when he relocated to South Florida to care for his mother. He rekindled his friendhsip with our dear neighbor, Yolanda. Over the years we had so many great moments and memories with the two of them, even after they relocated to Mt. Dora and Greenbush. His creativity and jolly disposition will always be my greatest memories of such a great man. God speed and smooth sailing, Handsome Homer.
January 20, 2014
Beverly &Gus Metros
Homer was a wonderful man and excellent teacher. He knew how to bring out the best talent in "his boys" as he talked about the class of 1986. We enjoyed visiting with him at his art barn up north and also in E. Tawas. We also had a chance to go out to dinner with him and his wife in Royal Oak before he retired. What a great man. I felt like he was part of our family.
January 14, 2014
My fondest memory of Sonny was a caracature/poster he drew of my cousin, Deanna Matheson Siemasz, when she was a stewardess, aka flight attendant, with TWA. We couldn't stop talking about it for days. What a talented and likeable guy.
January 13, 2014
Fond childhood memories of spending summer vacation up at Cherokee Trails. Uncle Homer is definitely part of those amazing gusto, infectious laugh and incredible spirit! I haven't seen him in years, but know he will be missed. Rest in peace.

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