Clare Edward Diamond, 78, of Midland, and formerly of Cheboygan, passed from this life Friday, July 4, 2014. A lover of this great country and privileged to die on July 4th in good company with Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. We take pleasure knowing that our father was the firecracker of our lives.
Clare was a retired businessman or he liked to call himself "a rag merchant," who owned and operated the Home & Family Stores in Gladwin and Harrison. Prior to entering business on his own, he was employed by the JC Penney Company and the Homemakers Shop in Saginaw, and served at several locations in Michigan. His heart and soul was in the retail business like his father and brothers before him.
First, Clare was a devoted and loving husband and father. He was able to recall numerous stories from his childhood and married life. He had a memory like a steel trap. Clare was the original "MacGyver." He was resourceful, determined and clever in fixing whatever was broken. He restored his father's wooden boat and many cars, built pine furniture, enjoyed deer hunting and fishing and loved dancing.
He served as a eucharistic minister and usher at St. Brigid's for many years, guided marriage encounter workshops and sponsored individuals in the RCIA program. He was also a long time member of the Studley Grange where he shared his talents and made friends. As a father, he was always willing to provide and give us a helping hand. He was never shy about showing us his love. We were blessed to have such a father.
He is survived by his wife, Marvel Diamond of 58 years; his children, Kelli Eggebrecht (nee Diamond), Craig E. Diamond, Kerri Diamond, and Shelly Diamond; grandchildren, Ryan and Danielle Eggebrecht, Alison and Jeff Jenerou (nee Eggebrecht), Wesley and Kara Eggebrecht, Anna Eggebrecht, Neil and Kim Schafer, Clayton Diamond and Adrianna Diamond; great-grandchildren, Anna Schafer and Jake Sturgeon; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Lucille Diamond; a son, Mitchell Diamond; and brothers, Eugene, Jim and Dale Diamond; and sister, Norma Jean MacArthur (nee Diamond).
The funeral liturgy for Clare will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014 from St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery in Cheboygan. Clare's family will receive friends at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St. on Monday, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., and at the church on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. A Vigil for the deceased will take place 7 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Midland County Cancer Services or St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church.