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John Finley Tait, 86, of Dearborn, Mich., died on Nov. 29, 2012, in Dearborn MI. John was born Aug. 31, 1926, to George H. and Anna L. (MacDonald) Tait in Birmingham, Mich.

Along with his father and brother Ron, John worked for the Detroit News for 25 years as a flyman, journeyman pressman, then production manager for the News and Free Press. In 1978 he moved on to Stone-Consolidated Corp. in Chicago, until his retirement in 1995. Mr. Tait is a graduate of Catholic Central, Wayne State University in Detroit, and Illinois Benedictine in Lisle, Ill.

John married Ruth Elizabeth Parkilla on April 1, 1948 at Sacred Heart Church in Dearborn, MI. Ruth passed away in May 1995. They raised their 10 children in Dearborn and Bloomfield Hills, MI, and Downers Grove, Ill. The couple also resided in Oscoda, MI; Green Valley, AZ; Indianapolis, IN.

Mr. Tait spent his retirement years traveling and with his family. He was the founding member and Commodore of the Green Valley Yacht Club. His flag has been retired to Boston Mass.

Mr. Tait is survived by three daughters, Anne Elizabeth Tait, Patricia Kowalski and Barbara (Mark) Cataldo; seven sons, George F. Tait, John J. Tait, Douglas D. (Jayne) Tait, Robert A. (Joy) Tait, William R. (Joyce) Tait, Steven P. (Mary) Tait, Michael A. (Susan) Tait; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Anna Tait; and wife, Martha Anne Tait. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth; two sisters, Barbara Tait and Mary Guimond; and one brother George "Ronnie" Tait. Funeral Dec. 2. Interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Oscoda, MI.

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Dec. 12, 2012
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