OBITUARY

Hugh H. Laird

August 16, 1935October 5, 2020

Hugh H. Laird was born on August 16, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan and passed away on October 5, 2020 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Janet for 61 wonderful years. Proud father of Kandi (Tim) Brice and Kam (Mark) DeLano. Dear grandfather of Mac Brice, Meg Brice, Ryan Waryas , Evan Waryas and Hailey Waryas . Dearest brother of Robyn (Jim) Woolcock and the late Pat VanDusen.

Hugh served as an elementary school principal at Bulman Elementary in Redford, MI for many years. After retiring from this position, he enjoyed fishing, reading and golfing. He was involved with Sports Car Club of America for most of his adult life fulfilling many roles within the club. He found great enjoyment in watching his grandchildren on the sporting field and stage. Hugh was a long time member of the Lola Valley Masonic Lodge and an active member of the Moslem Shrine Temple. His greatest love was being "Racer" the clown within the Moslem clown unit.

A visitation will be held on Friday October 9, 2020 from 4pm-9pm with a Masonic service at 7:30pm at Harry J Will Funeral Home in Livonia. Due to COVID the funeral home is limited on the number of people we can have indoors, the service will be held outside in the evening time, please dress accordingly.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Hugh to International Shrine Clown Association (ISCA), P.O. Box 3104, Ft Leavenworth, KS 66027-0104.

  • DONATIONS

  • International Shrine Clown Association (ISCA)

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 9, 2020

  • Masonic Service

    Friday, October 9, 2020

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Phyllis Hebert

October 14, 2020

I knew about Hugh before he met me. As a teacher in RU I was happy to discover that several of us were proud Alma College folks.
Hugh embodied the qualities that Alma fosters. His friendly natural personality was very welcoming to me and my class when I transferred to "his" school and I always treasured his support.
I grieve with you my friend, Jan , and offer the girls my sympathy.

Josh & Beth Hughes

October 10, 2020

I’m so saddened to just see that Hugh had passed. He was one of the nice people I’ve ever met. Hugh and Janet were mine and my wife’s neighbors for a long time. Him and Janet used to give my kids and wife stuff all the time.

Beth Hughes

October 10, 2020

Jane it’s your old neighbor Beth and josh ! We are so sad we are just now seeing this ! We miss you as our neighbors sorry to hear about Hugh you guys are wonderful people love and miss you! The Hughes family across the street on Wakenden

Barbara Steencken

October 10, 2020

How do you pick just one memory of a person who was so active? I knew Hugh Laird through Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) so my memories revolve around cars, trips, and the race track. Often Janet was also part of those activities. I remember sharing tea with Janet and Hugh at more than an occasional meal. I remember Hugh, the starter, waving a green flag with a grand flourish at Waterford Hills when he started cars for the P(ress) O(n) R(egardless) Rally, and at the Mini Grand Prix on Woodward raising funds for the Lions Club and driving to Indianapolis for a race weekend.

Hugh had a lovely smile and a droll humor, both of which will be greatly missed by his many friends. His checker flag has been displayed, but the memories remain. RIP dear friend.

Kenneth Duvall

October 10, 2020

Dear Laird Family,
Mr Laird was both my 5th and 6th grade teacher 1960 -1962. Being a redhead I thought we had a special bond and he never discouraged it. I fondly remember him reading us “Little Orphan Annie” every year and “Huckleberry Finn”. I wasn’t always the most academic student but to this day I am an active reader. Thank you Mr Laird
Ken Duvall

Ron Kwiatkowski

October 9, 2020

Hugh and I had some great times together we did a lot of clowning over the years and I became close friends with him and Jan . Hugh and I would always be roommates when we went down to Toledo to do their circus we had a great time together clowning for the kids. The circus won’t be the same without my friend RACER there with me. I will miss you my friend may God receive you with open arms. OK

Judy Sarns

October 8, 2020

Hugh Laird was the first teacher I met at Bulman Elem. School in the spring of 1964, when I had just gotten hired to teach 3rd grade the upcoming fall. Principal, Bob Juhnke, was giving me a tour of the school and walked into Hugh's 6th grade class to introduce me. After seeing the attentiveness of the students' and their respect for Mr.Laird, I knew that Redford Union was going to be a good place to work. I taught with Hugh for a few years until he was transferred to another program. However, we still saw each other socially with our spouses and friends throughout the years and I became good friends with his wife, Jan. When Hugh became principal of Bulman and I was doing substitute teaching, I felt his support if and when difficult situations arose involving students. Years later, while teaching kindergarten at MacGowan School, Hugh had retired and joined the Clown unit of the Shriners. He would come into my classes (both a.m. and p.m.) days before our field trip to the circus and little by little - explaining everything he was doing - would transform himself into Racer the Clown. The kids were mesmerized and so excited when they got to hold one of Racer's shoes and feel how heavy it was. Seeing this transformation helped one little boy, who was especially frightened of clowns, get over his fear, after being able to see and talk with Hugh. When I took my class to the Shrine Circus, Hugh always wanted to know where we would be sitting, so he could wave to my Kindergartners. Hugh's kindness with children was undeniable.
Just recently, I was given the opportunity to drive my 1994 Camaro on MIS Speedway and Hugh gave me some much needed advice on how to control my car and aim for the high point in going around the curves. It worked!
Hugh made a definite impact on so many people's lives - mine included. I have many fond memories of our times together.
Jan, Kandi and Kam you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs and love to you.
Judy Sarns

Karen Janssen

October 8, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you, and your family.

Karen Janssen

Mark Topolewski

October 8, 2020

Throughout my journey in the formal education system from elementary through graduate school I have encountered a handful of teachers who stood out as being most influential in my growth. You; Mr. Laird, were one of them. As I fondly remember in your 6th grade class at Bulman you had an easy demeanor, a caring spirit, and a humorous presentation that made the most mundane topic easy to digest. And who could ever forget that 1949 red Morgan convertible of yours that I am certain still has indelible fingerprints from myself and every other one of my classmates as we clamored to get a closer look on those special occasions when you drove it to school. Not withstanding the excellent education I received from you I remember that you were the calm in the storm on November 22, 1963 when sitting in your class we all heard about the assassination of JFK. Mr. Laird, thank you for all these memories and may you rest in peace. Your student Mark Topolewski OD FAAO

Chris (Finger) Michuta

October 8, 2020

Dear family of Mr. Laird,

I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Laird. He was my principal and I looked up to him so much. His all school fairs were the highlight of the year! I can still feel the excitement even now. I also remember the bench and how he would laugh at me because I would not sit on it when I was waiting because I didn’t want anyone to think I was bad!

Thank you for sharing him with us! I am a better person for knowing him.

Good bless all of you!

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