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Arthur Redman

1929 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Arthur Redman Obituary
Redman, Arthur “Artie”; died July 27, 2014; at age 85; after a battle with pulmonary disease. Born June 2, 1929, in Detroit, MI, the son of a Great Lakes freighter captain and a homemaker, Arthur had lifelong ties to the downriver area, being raised in South Rockwood, where he spent his days fishing, frogging, and boating in the canals and back cricks near his childhood home. In 1956, he and his wife, Marion moved to their home on Stoeflet St., raised their family, and lived for more than 55 years in their beloved Gibraltar. Art worked for the Department of Public Works for more than 35 years. He was a volunteer firefighter and the guy who graded the roads, cut the grass, spread the salt on snowy nights, lit the fireworks, and if you were lucky - gave you a ride in the scoop on the front of the tractor. Art will be especially remembered for his quick wit, playful spirit, and never ending one liners. His nickname was Artie Artie the One Man Party. Survivors include: Art’s bride of 65 years, Marion Redman of Gibraltar, MI (Charlotte, NC); two daughters, Suzanne Redman of Charlotte, NC, and Deborah Redman Swinehart and her husband, Lyle Swinehart of Paw Paw, MI; a grandson, Joshua Diedrich of Portage, MI; a granddaughter, Annie Diedrich and a great granddaughter, Rowan Sophia Diedrich of Tucson, AZ; and a daughter-in-law, Mary Beilman Redman of Stone Ridge, NY. Art was predeceased by his cherished daughter, Denise Redman of Gibraltar, MI; and his beloved sons, Kevin Redman of Stone Ridge, NY and Jeff Redman of Woodhaven, MI. In addition, there are many people in the downriver area who proudly consider themselves Art’s adopted children and grandchildren. Please mark your calendars as a Memorial Gathering will be held on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Gibraltar Community Center from 2 until 6 p.m., where family will receive friends and loved ones to remember Art. In honor of Art’s love of the waters of the lower Detroit River and Lake Erie, memorial contributions are welcome and should be mailed to the Nature Conservancy, Michigan Field Office, 101 E. Grand River Avenue, Lansing, MI, 48906. Specify that the donation is in honor of Arthur Redman and should be earmarked for the Western Lake Erie Basin Project. Or go to www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/michigan Go to Ways of Giving – note to the Art Redman fund. Thanks to Dr. John Lacouture and team for impeccable care, his faithful caregivers, Vicki, Courtney, and Vinnetta, and thanks to the staff and volunteers at Charlotte Hospice for their help and support.
Published in Heritage Newspapers on Aug. 6, 2014
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