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“Jim was a great man. He always played by the book and I was so fortunate to have him as one of my bosses. He taught me more than he will ever know....Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Karen Solomon - RIVERVIEW, MI

“Thoughts and prayers to family. ”
2 of 22 | Posted by: Margaret Zimmerman - Westland, MI

“Jim, Karen and Family,Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss.Kathy and Russ Smith ”
3 of 22 | Posted by: Kathy and Russ Smith - MI

“Firstly, Jean, Janet, Jim, Jr. and grandchildren, you were his treasure. He was proud of each of you and when the grandchildren arrived he had a...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Lorraine (Lori) Jenkins - Detroit, MI

“Rest in Peace my Friend ”
5 of 22 | Posted by: Don Sarnacki - Taylor, MI

“We will never forget the help Jim gave us when we decided to enlarge our home in Detroit. J.R never would have done it with out Jim's help. He was...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Jeanne Whitford - Clinton Twp., MI

“My story with Jim is fun times at Kean's eating, drinking, water gun fights, helium balloons and did I mention eating.Jim and his entire family and...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Vickie Abernethy - Taylor, MI

“I also had the pleasure of meeting Jim at the Ren Cen. When I was hired my boss was transferred to his secretary and I was transferred into new...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: David Calus - Harper Woods, MI

“I met Jim in 1982 when I started working at Ren Cen. Jim wore many hats at Ren Cen, one of his accomplishments was to oversee the construction of the...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Bob Balester - Harrison Twp., MI

“I am sure that I gave my boss's, boss's, boss a few headaches during my 30+ years at the RenCen, but as others have stated here, he always treated me...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Michael Hughes - Royal Oak, MI

“Sorry to read about the passing of your father. Your friend from Wayne Elem. Currently living in Fort Pierce, FL. Matthew Sobieski ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“I had the pleasure of working with Jim at the Renaissance Center. He was always tough but fair. His work ethics were always the best. I'll always...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Bill (AKA Buck) Buchanan - MI

“I am honored and blessed to have known Jim. We will never forget him. I will never forget his kindness. May God give him eternal rest and the family...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Jacqueline Hagen - MI - Friend

“I worked with Jim at Tishman and then at the Renaissance Center when he switched over. He was a great friend and he will be sorely missed. Rest in...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Richard Cohen - Coworker

“I love you Daddy. Thank you for all the life's lessons you taught us. Thank you for your generous heart. Thank you for your wisdom. Thank you for...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Janet Cellitti - Macomb Township, MI

“Jim was one tough cookie to work for; however, he took a chance in promoting an inexperienced, young woman into a mans world! I am forever grateful...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Jenny (Mozal) Babila - Dearborn, MI

“I really enjoyed working with Jim at the Renaissance Center. He was a wonderful man and will be truly missed. ”
17 of 22 | Posted by: Julie Soyer - Detroit, MI

“Jim taught me a lot as we worked together at Ren Cen! Jim was always tough but very fair with everyone!! There is no way the GM renovation would...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Greg McGrath - Detroit, MI

“Gods speed Jim dear.........we will miss you every day. Thank you for being the special person you were. You had so many antics and sayings that...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Suzan DeMare - Macomb, MI

“You will be sorely missed Mr Like. You were one of a kind. A great friend, boss, and mentor. But most of all I will miss seeing seeing you Sinbads on...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Dave Lautenbach - Chicago, IL

“Detroit, Sindbad's the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair have lost another of the GREAT guys! Always quick with a happy smile, a good word, a warm...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Fred McEVOY - Dearborn Heights, MI

“In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Jim, you were a true gentleman and an all-around cool guy. ”
22 of 22 | Posted by: Clay Baldwin - Berkley, MI


James Hyland Like, age 83, died Monday, December 11, 2017 in Madison Heights, Michigan. Jim was born October 17, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, son of the late John Like and the late Eveline (nee: Hyland) Like.

Jim was raised in Detroit and graduated from Denby High School, the Class of 1953. Following high school Jim chose to work within the construction trades and was eventually employed by the S.A. Sindon Lathing Company. The company was founded by the family of his future bride, Jean Sindon. Jim and Jean were married in 1955 at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Detroit.

Jim worked for S.A. Sindon Lathing Company for over ten years before joining Tieco Products as their Vice President. He worked for Tieco Products for ten more years before being recruited to join the Tishman Construction Company of New York. The Tishman executives realized Jim was an experienced carpenter with a fine eye for detail along with managing employees and other trades. Jim traveled and worked as a superintendent for Tishman Construction, first in New York and later settling back in Detroit to spearhead the new construction of the Detroit Renaissance Center.

Jim worked at the Renaissance Center for the remainder of his career, working for the original developers of the property up to the current owners, General Motors, retiring as the Director of Engineering. Jim knew the site and facility like the back of his hand and truly held a passion for the Renaissance Center, the work he performed there, and all the employees who worked for him to make sure the facility was always in tip-top shape.

When Jim was not working, he loved being out on the Detroit River or Lake St. Clair aboard his boat. Over the years he owned many boats, his last being the 31 foot Chris-Craft Commander that he kept at Kean's Marina in Detroit. Jim and his family spent many wonderful hours out on the boat along with enjoying many stops at their favorite waterfront eateries, including their favorite spot, Sindbad's Restaurant.

Jim was the beloved husband of Jean, and was the dear father of Janet (Al) Cellitti, and Jim (Karen) Like. He was the cherished grandfather of Pete Cellitti, Jennifer (Jimmy) Zientak, Nicholas Cellitti, Brian Like, David Like, and Rachel Like. Jim is also survived by his nephew and niece, Michael Brandt Eileen "Crystal" Noud, and many dear friends.

Visitation for Mr. Like will be held on Thursday, December 14th from 5-9 pm and Friday 2-9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile) in Warren. His Funeral Services will take place at 11 am on Saturday at the Funeral Home.

Please share memories of Jim at his memory book above.