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Roy E. Rewold Obituary
REWOLD, ROY E.; age 84; a life-time resident of Rochester; died October 2, 2013. He was born January 30, 1929, in Rochester to the late Frank and Martha Rewold. A 1946 graduate of Rochester High School, he married Beverly J. Bell of Utica on December 30, 1948. Father of Sherrie Tiderington, Joy (Steven) Schneider, Christy (Paul) Weisenbach, and Frank (Kathleen) Rewold; grandfather of Brie (David) Ashley, Stacy Tiderington (Jae Kim), James Tiderington, II, Ashley Rewold, Samantha Schneider, Jason Rewold, Max Weisenbach, Jake Schneider and Sean Rewold; great grandfather of Julian Ashley; brother of Eva Brown, Gerry Seed, Florence Metzger and Phyllis Irwin. He is also survived by his numerous nephews and nieces. Roy began his career in construction in 1945, working first as a laborer, then carpenter, field superintendent, then CEO and finally Chairman of the Board of Frank Rewold & Son, founded by his father Frank in 1918. His first job was at Meadowbook Farms for Matilda Dodge Wilson, building the retirement home for Mrs. Wilson and her husband, Alfred Wilson. It was called Sunset Terrace, and now serves as the home for the President of Oakland University. He completed over 70 projects in Rochester including Leader Dogs for the Blind, Rochester College, Western Knitting Mills, Oakland Hills Country Club, the Onynx Ice Arena, the Older Persons' Commission, the Royal Park Hotel as well as the additions to the Palace and the Townsend Hotel. As a volunteer Firefighter, he served from 1948 until 1980, including serving as the Assistant Chief. At the age of 29 he was elected to the to the Rochester Council in 1959 and served for 11 years. In 1962 he became the youngest person to become the Village President, a position he held for seven years. In 1965 he was honored and named Rochester Citizen of the Year. In 1967 he was named the first Mayor of the City of Rochester. He served with the Oakland County Commissioners for 11 years, seven of them as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. He served as a board member of the Michigan Association of Counties for six years and served as the President of the Michigan Association of Counties from 1987 to 1988. He and his wife Beverly were named Grand Marshal of the Rochester Christmas Parade in 1998, served on the Boards of First American Bank, the Silverdome, the Lions Club, the Rochester Elks Club, the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, the Oakland University Presidents Club the Oakland County Parks Commission, the Oakland County Drain Commission, Crittenton Hospital Foundation and was Co-Founder and Partner of the Royal Park Hotel. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 7, 2013, at St. Paul's Methodist Church, 620 Romeo Street in Rochester. Visitation Saturday 3 until 7 p.m. and Sunday 1 until 5 p.m. at PIXLEY FUNERAL HOME, 322 W. University Drive in downtown Rochester. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to one of Roy's favorite Rochester based organizations: The Older Persons' Commission, the Rochester College, Leader Dogs for the Blind or the Crittenton Hospital Foundation. Even with all his achievements that are listed above, his proudest achievements were his family and his friends.
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Published in The Oakland Press from Oct. 4 to Oct. 6, 2013
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