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John A. Lyons Obituary
Lyons, John A.; labor arbitrator and General Counsel for the Police Officer’s Labor Council since 1984; died July 29, 2014; at the age of 78. The cause was mesothelioma. Mr. Lyons was born in Detroit. He served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Divsion in the U.S. Army. He began working as a labor representative for Ford Motor Company at the Rouge plant in the 1960’s. He simultaneously attended the University of Detroit Law School at night, graduating in 1967. He became a distinguished prosecutor in Oakland County, where he was known as “Duke” because of his swagger and physical stature. He became a member of the law firm of Dinan, Schenden, Schaden and Lyons in Troy. He thereafter practiced law as a sole practitioner in Troy representing numerous police officer collective bargaining units. In the early 1980’s, he was a partner in the Southfield law firm of Lippitt, Lyons, Perlove, Friedman, Harrison and Zack. Mr. Lyons was also a prominent labor arbitrator in public and private sector labor disputes. Mr. Lyons resided in Oakland and also owned a home in the Upper Peninsula, where he was able to pursue his love of fly fishing. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jean; and five children, Ann Lyons and Jim Lauritzen of Seattle, John and Vicki Lyons of New York, Mary Lyons and Daniel Stanard of Seattle, Mike and Katie Lyons of Huntington Woods, and Steven Lyons of Columbia, South Carolina. He is also survived by his six grandchildren, Stella, Hannah, Jackson, John, Kaitlyn, and Michael. Mr. Lyons was cremated and a Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lake Orion. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Detroit Rescue Mission, 150 Stimson St., Detroit, MI 48201 or The Salvation Army, or the Rescue Mission 150 Stimson St., Detroit, or MESO Foundation inso@curemeso.org wwww.wesselsandwilk.com
Published in theoaklandpress.com on July 31, 2014
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