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Sherwin ""Sonny"" Gandee Obituary
GANDEE, SHERWIN "Sonny"; age 84; passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2013, with his family at his side. He was a resident in the downriver community for over 50 years and had most recently been living in Gibraltar and Grosse Ile. Sonny was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1929, to Sherman and Betty Gandee, along with twin, Sherman (Joe) Gandee, Jr. He also had two sisters, GeGe and Joy. He attended Garfield High School in Akron and Ohio State University, where he played his life's passion, football. In 1949, Sonny married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Grecni (deceased 2008). He was drafted into the NFL in 1952 and played with the Detroit Lions 1952 to 1958, retiring from the NFL in 1958. He was a member of 3 World Championship NFL teams 1952, 1952 and 1957. In 1966, he was inducted into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio. After retiring from the NFL, he was owner of "Sonny Grandee's Celebrity House" in Wyandotte, now carrying the name of R.P. McMurphy's. He worked in the automotive industry until retirement at which time he moved to Florida until returning to Gibraltar in 2008. He was a longtime member at the Grosse Ile County Club, where he enjoyed many days on the course and evenings at the Club mingling with friends and his family. He was also a longtime member of the Elba-Mar Boat Club and used it as home base for his fishing expeditions which led to some of the biggest fishing stories of the Detroit River. Sonny Gandee was one of the exceptional people that you only meet once in a great while. He was truly a person of character, personality, integrity, and led a life of example. He had many great accomplishments both personally and professionally, but non greater than husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. A great man passed away on July 21, 2013 and he will forever be in our hearts and in our memories. Sonny is survived by his wife, Jo Burgett-Amo; son, Sonny Gandee, Jr. (Catherine); his daughter, Gail Collier; and his sister, Genevieve Anderson. He is also survived by grandchildren, David Collier (Rachel), Sonny Gandee III (Stephanie), Kelly Collier, Cory Collier, Corey Chandler (LaKeisha); and great grandchildren, Devon Collier, Corey Chandler, II, Sonny Gandee, IV, and Emerson Gandee; step-children, Brian Orlandi and Cassandra Pallaghy. No Funeral Service will be held.
Published in Heritage from July 28 to Aug. 2, 2013
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