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“Harry and Lillian were such wonderful friends to my parents Glenn and Therese Gardner! Harry would stop over and visit my dad in the later years and...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Sandi Gardner - Sterling Heights, MI

“So sad Tim, I read your dad's story and reviewed all the photos. I see your mom and dad had a love filled, wonderful life. The rest of us should be...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Steve stark - Warren, MI

Harry & Casey “I am fortunate to have been friends with Harry for the last 21 years. I always enjoyed his company and the many stories about his life growing up,...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Jim Patrick - Warren, MI

“So sorry for your loss.he was a great man.I work at meijer n he always came in there every morning passing candy to everyone.I had some good chats...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Farrah Hays - CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI

“Timmy my heart goes out to you and your family. You are in my prayers and in my heart. ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Pam Paddock - Macomb, MI

“I love you DadI hope that you and Mom are Dancing up there! ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Harry Joseph Sobolewski - Clawson, MI

“My condolences and most heartfelt prayers to the family at this time. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Joyce Kransz - PORTLAND, MI

“Dearest Uncle Harry. So sudden you left us--back together with your beloved wife Lillian. We remember you so fondly and will miss your humor and...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Susan Wulf - Loganville, GA

“I see you when I see You too!! ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Tim Sobolewski - Clinton Township, MI


Harry Sobolewski, age 87 of Warren. died Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Windemere Park Assisted Living Center in Warren. Mr. Sobolewski was born August 21, 1930 in Hamtramck to the late Stanley and the late Sally (nee: Szlachtowski) Sobolewski.

Born and raised in Hamtramck, Harry attended and was a proud graduate of Hamtramck High School where he received his diploma. Within the next couple of years, fate would place a call upon Harry to enlist in the military,...instead of being drafted he volunteered with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War era. And obviously Harry meant business, and sought to make his mark, as he did by starting out as a Private and ultimately attaining the rank of Sergeant.

And so it is, with thanks and praise from a grateful nation, we pay homage to Harry for his service to our country and his willingness to stand in harm's way for our allies and the cause of freedom. For the sacrifices made and Harry's bravery and patriotism extended in the face of surmounting challenges, we honor his service and extend our posthumous gratitude for answering the call and helping to make a difference.

Harry enlisted on September 10, 1951 and was immediately sent to boot camp to begin his military training. But prior to all of this, there just happened to be a sweet young lady who had caught his eye…stole his heart…and with whom he was sharing the path towards marriage. Her name was Lillian, and she was the sister of one of his buddies. They dated, built upon the foundation of friendship, and that friendship soon turned to love. Amidst the plans they were making, Harry's service commitment loomed overhead and the lovebirds just didn't want to wait. So right after boot camp, on that magical date of November 19, 1951, Harry and Lillian shared their vows, became husband & wife, and began their journey together in the eyes of family and friends alike at St. Florian Catholic Church in Hamtramck. Harry & Lillian made their home in Hamtramck and lived there until 1967 when they decided to join the throngs of those heading to the new and burgeoning community of Warren. They would go on to share a wonderful 61 years together until Lillian's passing in 2012.

Following his return from the military, Harry decided he wanted to put his skills to work as an auto mechanic,…but more from the aspect of an owner than a laborer. So with the spirit of an entrepreneur and the vision of a winner, Harry fulfilled a dream of opening his own truck repair shop where he spent countless hours interacting with the customers and extending the utmost in dedicated service by keeping their trucks in tip-top shape. Then one day, the winds of opportunity began to blow in a different direction for Harry,…which ultimately led him to the doors of General Motors where he was offered a position he simply couldn't pass up. Harry was with the automotive giant for over 31 years and was highly regarded for his performance, his vision, and the many things he brought to the table throughout his career. Harry was a mentor for the Explorer's Program at the GM Tech Center,…was an integral part in the design and implementation of the original walk through area of the test track ride at the Epcot Center in Florida,…and in 1975, Harry was honored to join other engineers as they worked on the New Vehicle Development & Crash Avoidance Technology at the GM Proving Grounds. All told, Harry was the humble recipient of dozens of awards during his time at GM, a career path that reached its goal and made a positive difference towards the cars we drive today. His dedication was recognized and lauded when he finally accepted his well-deserved retirement in 1987.

Harry loved to travel and often reflected upon one very special excursion he enjoyed when he hopped aboard the S.S. Norway in the Caribbean. He also had a trip to Germany.The Norway was sailing on what was one of her final voyages, which made the trip all the more special for Harry. Another notable moment came the day Harry was marching in the 4th of July parade in Chicago in 1953. He was charged with carrying the "Stars & Stripes" and was marching quite proudly in his uniform when,…poof, off flew his "cover" in a gust of wind and Harry was forced to squat down to retrieve his "cover". With an effort that was smooth as silk, he bent down,…and the flag managed to stay proud and erect through the whole ordeal, and Harry didn't skip a beat! Somebody managed to capture it all in a photo, which now is housed in a Chicago museum for all to enjoy.

Derived in the 70's when Harry was compelled to rest following an injury to his back, he stumbled across a unique form of art called Artistic Welding. Not overly labor intensive, but a genuine way for Harry to express the artist within, he created multiple pieces of art that he gifted to many of the GM executives, and a host of the staff that he worked with as well. It was simply a way for him to wile away the hours, yet put some of his God-given talents to work creating something authentic.

The year was 1995 when Harry's life took quite a turn as he was diagnosed with Bronchial Lung Cancer. Yet when many might have thrown in the towel, Harry stood firm against the monster of cancer,…fought it with all he had,…and came away victorious as a 23 year survivor of the mind-numbing disease. 23 years he fought like a trooper and lived to share with others how he stomped the monster's head. Harry set quite the example and was a guidepost for many in the struggles they bear. He lived a life that was rife with stories to share, and there was no better place to regale a crowd than with his "coffee

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