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James Oliver Trick

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James Oliver Trick Obituary
James Oliver Trick

Chicago, IL. - James Oliver Trick, age 69, died after a short illness on July 19, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois. Jim is survived by his wife Nancy (nee Germaine-Bagnall) Trick of Brighton, his sister; Judy Trick of Walled Lake, Michigan, step-children; Megan (Darren) Spaur, Waukegan, IL, Jason (Melanie Brooks), Bagnall, Hazelpark, Michigan, niece Natalie Filipek of St. Clair Shores, Michigan and grandchildren Anna, Canada and Emery Spaur.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents Margaret and Grant Trick of Huntington Woods, Michigan; and his first wife, Kathy Conway, of Owosso, Michigan.

Born on April 30, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan Jim graduated from Berkley High School in 1967, and thereafter from Eastern Michigan University. Following college graduation Jim attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida in preparation for a Navy Career as a jet pilot. He retired early from the Navy to care for Cathy until her death several years later. Jim was employed many years by Ford Motor Company and retired in 2005.

Jim was a great family man; son, brother, husband, step-dad, and a loving grandfather. He was a social person who was enthusiastically involved with the Experimental Aviation Association, Livingston County (Michigan) Chorale, Ridgedale Players, and a variety of other locally known singing groups in the greater Detroit area. During periods of time he also was a professional actor and understudy for commercials and locally filmed feature movies. Jim was a member of the Shepherd of Lakes Lutheran Church in Brighton. Jim's family and friends will always remember him as a generous and compassionate person who was willing to help, or provide a smile when most needed by those around him.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Brighton, Michigan at 11AM on Saturday, August 11, 2018. All are invited to attend.

Jim's family would like to thank the many physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists of the ICU at Vista-East Hospital in Waukegan, IL, as well as those in the MICU at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. You gave Jim and our family your all, and represent the gold standard in care, communication and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a charitable donation to the Experimental Aviation Association; Young Eagles organization. More information may be found at:

Published in Detroit Free Press & The Detroit News on Aug. 5, 2018
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