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George Anthony Huff
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“Didn't know George personally, I'm sure our pathscrossed some where some time.our loss is your loss. Retired Battalion Chiefs ...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: charles gatto - howell, MI

“To all of George's very large family, you have my deepest sympathy. I always enjoyed being in George's company. He always had a fantastic spirit...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Mark Petz - St. Petersburg, FL

“Mrs. Huff it was an honor to take care of Mr. Huff. He was one special gentleman. You are all in my prayers. ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Michelle Meldrum RN - Fair Haven, MI

“George was a fine and proud man. Having served the community by being a Detroit fire fighter. He shared mountains of his love on his children...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Susie McHenry - Warren, MI

“My prayers go to all of you to get through this difficult time. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Susie McHenry - Warren, MI

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George Anthony Huff, age 82 of Clinton Township, died Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Village of East Harbor Skilled Nursing Center in Chesterfield, Michigan. He was born December 13, 1934 in Detroit, son of the late George and the late Bernice (nee: Squires) Huff.

George leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 42 years, Nancy (nee: Dowd) Huff. Having recently celebrated their wedding anniversary, the two were married on May 9, 1975 after both receiving their second chance at love,…and love each other they truly did. They may be separated now, but the history of George and Nancy's relationship found them near inseparable throughout their journey as husband and wife. With the kids raised and grown, life offered up many exciting avenues for these lovebirds to venture down and experience together. One of those avenues was shared in their common love of snow skiing. From many slopes throughout the America to intriguing points of interest in western Canada, George & Nancy enjoyed both the scenic beauty as well as the physical challenges in visiting some of the most spectacular skiing venues that North America had to offer. And not merely your average downhill skiers,…no, these two hot-dogs took it to the next level the day they boarded a helicopter that flew them to the top of a glacier,…and dropped them off! The sight is called "Panarama" which is nestled deep within the majestic Canadian Rockies in the province of British Columbia,…and a long way from the chalet and hot chocolate. For over 35 years, skiing was the shared pastime that provided George & Nancy countless hours of wintry fun, as well as enjoying the sport with the many friends they had come to know along the way. Some of these friendships grew to become lifelong relationships that blossomed immensely and blessed their life experiences with joy and laughter.

Another of George's favorite pastimes found him coming down off the slopes and heading to the boat for a little watery fun and entertainment. His vessel of choice was a sailboat, and his was 37 feet of pure joy and exhilaration each time it left the dock and headed for the open waters. Whether it was tooling around the local lakes or heading up state to the North Channel, Captain George did his utmost in making sure that his seagoing mates always enjoyed a memorable tour. As for George's nautical memories and highlights, right near the top would have to be the handful of competitions in which he participated in the annual Port Huron to Mackinaw Races. It's one thing to sail a boat, but racing one,…now there's a definition of spirited excitement. Of course, that found him as a member of a team, one of which managed to join together in placing 2nd on one occasion.

On a bit of a more sedate note, and certainly one with a lot less exertion, came George's passion for the game of golf. There was something special about heading to the links on a sunny day, and almost always in the company of a friend or loved one, that invigorated George and breathed new life in his soul with each swing or stroke of the club. What made it even more special were the countless memories he bore from the league golf he shared with his fellow firefighters. Whether swingin' the irons at the Ol' Salt River Golf Club or taming the links at courses away from home, George was forever in search of that elusive "Hole-in-One,"…but his dearest prize was definitely the friendships made while enjoying the sport.

All of this fun,…skiing, sailing, golfing, they were a pleasant and pleasurable reward from the immense responsibilities George faced each day as a firefighter for the City of Detroit. For over 30 years, George answered the call of keeping others safe and free from harm, and managed to climb the ladder of success while wearing the uniform, ultimately retiring as Captain. Though his aspirations bore loftier goals, it was one fateful day while fighting a fire at the Renaissance Center in Detroit that changed everything for George that left him injured and unable to fulfill his desires. But it certainly didn't tarnish the, already, distinguished career and notable excellence in performing his duties with extreme dedication and loyalty.

Yet when it came to serving his fellow man, firefighting followed another important chapter in George's life. So it is,…with thanks and praise from a grateful nation, that we pay homage to George for his service to our country as a soldier in the U.S. Army. From his time overseas to his duties here at home, we extend our posthumous gratitude for the sacrifices made and George's willingness to stand in harm's way on behalf of the country,…and for the sake of freedom's cause. We honor his memory,…Private First Class George Huff of Company D, 13th Armed Infantry Battalion. Rest in peace, Soldier.
A loving husband, father and grandfather, George influenced and impacted countless lives through his work, play, and the simple principles of life. A great teacher, mentor and helpmate, his ability to work hard and play harder infused him with a verve for life that was both infectious and provocative. He touched a multitude of hearts and souls in his journey through life and leaves a legacy to be cherished with each reflection shared. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

George was the beloved husband of Nancy. Dear father of Michael, Patrick, Jeffrey, Timothy, Denise Price, Dennis Pettke, Diane Testori, and the late Vince Pettke. Loving grandfather of Timothy, David, Amanda, Heather, Jacob, Genna, Nicole, Emily, Dana, Kenny, Noelle, Ronald, and the late Joseph. He also leaves great-grandchildren; Brooke, Zane, Miles, Chase, Violet, Alexander, and Gabriella. Brother of Mary Collins.

Visitation for George will be held Tuesday, May 23rd from 3-8pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren. He will lie in state on Wednesday from 9:30 am until time of the