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“Dear Pat, Melanie, Mike, Steve and Kevin,Our deepest sympathy to you and your loved ones. We are sending our thoughts and prayers to you. May all...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Kathy Gilgallon (Rehman) - MI

“He was God's example of what a true man should be. He and Aunt Pat treated me as if I was one of their own. Many great times with them both. Uncle...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Barbara Northup=Roe - Inkster, MI

“My God keep your family during this time of sorrow!! ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Andrea Scott Cook - Westland, MI

“Dearest Mom Northrup, Melanie, Mike,Steve & Kevin, I met you all when I was 15. You welcomed me into your family. I know now what an honor that was.I...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Terri Kowalczyk - Warren, MI

“Dearest Pat and Family: I just saw on Facebook that Jim had passed away. I am so sorry and pray for you all at this time. Jim was such a good friend...Read More »
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James Robert Northup, "Jim," age 81 of Warren, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017 surrounded by his loved ones at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township, Michigan. He was born May 17, 1935 in Detroit, son of the late Edward and the late Suszanne (nee: Bond) Northup.

The wonderful thing about a love story that seems fleeting at best,…is when it grows and prospers, and becomes a 63 year testimony of young love that was blessed and ordained from the beginning. Such was the case with Jim and his bride, Patricia. Though they were quite young at the time, (he 16 and she 14), a spark ignited and the piercing of Cupid's arrow set the stage for what would become a bright and promising future. It was April 12th of 1951 that the two lovebirds decided to "go steady"…and the rest could fill a novel of the love that Jim & Patricia shared and how is touched countless hearts. Their journey of going steady blossomed into a love that was destined to be lifelong, so off to the altar they went. The magical day came on June 12, 1954 when Jim watched his bride walk down the aisle at Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit, and the two became husband & wife in the eyes and hearts of their loved ones and friends,…and the love story ensued.

Jim was a hard-working man and a great provider for his family. The first half of his employment picture was filled with his pleasure and expertise in driving trucks and doing his part in keeping the retail industry humming along. His first official driving job was with the Fanny Farmer Candy Company as he happily delivered some of life's most precious treasures,…Chocolates. Just imagine,…driving around all day with a truckload of chocolaty delights,…what a job. The next truck he drove was for Robinson Furniture where he spent 19 years devoting himself to the job and bringing families brand new happiness with each piece delivered. As that company was forced into unexpected changes, Jim was compelled to head out again in search of his next opportunity, this time landing at Stroh's Brewery where he would spend the next 14 years. But ultimately, his employment experiences culminated with the 11 years he spent with the finance giant of General Motors, GMAC. After years of dedicating himself to the workforce and extending the utmost in service excellence at each of his jobs, Jim finally accepted his well-deserved retirement and began a new chapter in his love story with Patricia.

When Jim found some time away from the job and his paternal responsibilities, he was like most guys who lived for their sporting pleasures. For Jim, one of the most treasured teams were his iconic Boys in the Winged Wheel, the Detroit Red Wings. Hanging tough with them through the dark years of the "Dead Wings,"…to their magnanimous 25 year playoff run, the boys in Red & White brought him countless hours of sportsapalooza. And in keeping with his "Sports in the D" loyalties, equally treasured were his boys in the Orange & Blue, the beloved Detroit Tigers. Again, riding the wave from the depths to the heights, his favorite Boys of Summer offered Jim a plethora of gaming delights. Making Tigers baseball extra special for Jim were the annual birthday trips with his boys to the ball park for some traditional fun and memory making.

Another passion of Jim's was found in his love of his lawn,…a visual masterpiece that he held in the highest regard. Though it may have been work-away-from-work, it was a bit of toil he was happy to engage because he knew the end result was going to be a thing of beauty,…not only for Jim, but for his neighbors as well. To say Jim's lawn was well-coifed would have been an understatement. It appeared as if every blade of grass was meticulously sheared. And if that didn't keep him busy enough, it wasn't rare for Jim to mow his son's lawn, too. Mowing the lawn for Jim was like watching an artist at work. The lawn was his canvass and the mower his paint brush. We'll just affectionately remember him as the "Mowing Monet."

Sports also took its place in Jim's participatory pleasures of fishing. Though he wasn't too picky when it came to the type of fish biting his line, it was the Walleye that really put his fishing prowess to the test. They were always his prize catches,…and perhaps the tastiest of the bunch. Give him a rod & reel, a favorite fishing hole, and a nice sunny day and Jim was good as gold. Of course, there were some other elements of the fun factor for Jim,…like his die-cast car collection, his proclivities toward dancing, and his love of traveling with Pat. Whether holding her in his arms on the dance floor, or sharing a seat beside her on one of their memorable traveling excursions, the precious love story between he and Pat provided a host of wonderful memories for the two to embrace as they journeyed together through life. They were blessed to share the joys of building upon the comforts of home & hearth, raising a beautiful family, and growing deeper in love with each passing day.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, Jim leaves a legacy of love for all to embrace who were fortunate to know him, and certainly touched a multitude of hearts and souls throughout his journey,…especially his most precious blessings, his cherished grandchildren. They were truly the light of his life. He will be remembered with deepest affection, and will be missed immensely. Rest in peace, Dear Brother.

Jim was the beloved husband of Patricia. Loving father of Melanie (Tab) Martin, Michael (Karen) Northup, Steven (Patricia) Northup, and Kevin (Denise) Northup. He was a devoted grandfather to Erica (Joseph) Makarewicz, Harmonie (David) Cafagna, Aaron Drobek, Michael (Crystal) Northup, Rachel (Brandon) Gadja, Kyle Northup, Tyler Northup, Gregory (Jackie) Martin, Cheyenne Northup, Jacob Northup, Sean Northup, Haley

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