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1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake, MI

OBITUARY

George Scott Buchanan

January 25, 1956June 16, 2019
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George Scott Buchanan. Born in Detroit, Michigan on January 25, 1956. Passed away suddenly on June 16, 2019.

The son of predeceased, Donald and Gloria Buchanan, he grew up in Birmingham, Michigan. He graduated from Andover High School, and later from Western Michigan University with a B.A. in Business Administration. At Western, he was member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity where he met many life-long friends. After college, he worked in sales management at Hudson’s department store in Pontiac, Michigan where he discovered his passion for business. Soon after, with the encouragement of his father, he fulfilled his lifelong ambition to be his own boss by starting his own business - Midwest Pavement Contracting. Under his leadership, the company has grown successfully for 29 years. From a young age, George was an entrepreneur. George loved being his own boss and told his family that he could not see himself doing anything else. In 2008, he was proudly joined in the business by his son Brandon, who will continue in the business in his honor.

On September 9th, 1990, he married the love of his life, Diane Churchill. They have chosen to spend very few days apart since their first date more than 30 years ago. His priority in life was always her happiness and his love for her was boundless. Together they raised two beautiful children, Brandon (26) and Brittany (25). Brandon enjoyed the honor of working very closely with his Father on a day to day basis, learning from the best. Brittany and her Father together shared a very special bond. This included a cherished phone call every morning where George was always able to provide the best guidance no matter the topic. George’s own passions lived on through his children, with Brandon playing golf, and Brittany swimming and playing tennis, and both sharing his favorite activity, sailing at the family cottage in Amherstburg, Ontario. In their pursuit of growing old together in happiness, George and Diane purchased a second home in Naples, Florida, which Diane referred to as their “happy place.” There they enjoyed time visiting friends and family, playing golf, deep sea fishing, going out for dinner, and relaxing on their lanai with their two beloved dogs, Tiffany “Little Bit” and Sophie. Each year, they spent more and more time there as the separation between their first and second homes blurred.

George and Diane had a very active social life as members of Edgewood Country Club, where they met many of their most beloved friends. At Edgewood, George spent eight years on the board of management where his leadership skills and business acumen led to being elected club president. He took on the role with great honor.

George was a man of deep faith, a member of Orchard Lake Community Presbyterian Church and a proud supporter of Camp Westminster in Roscommon, Michigan. The camp was the site of many of George’s happiest memories as a youngster, and the camp remained dear to his heart his entire life. He cherished his family and many friends. He was loved by all and will be deeply and profoundly missed. George is survived by wife Diane, his children, Brandon and Brittany, his brothers, Gary (Judy) and Devin-James (Partner Deric) and his sister, Janet. He also had a special relationship with Mary Lou and Bill Miller.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, June 21, 2019 at Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian, 5171 Commerce Road in Orchard Lake. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 3-7 pm at the Union Lake Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 1233 Union Lake Road in White Lake and Friday at church from 10:00 am until the time of service at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers a tax deductible donation can be sent to Camp Westminster. Camp Westminster 17567 Hubbell Street Detroit, MI 48235

or make an online donation via: https://campwestminster.com/

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • Funeral Visitation Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 21, 2019

Memories

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Art and Lila Shaw

July 16, 2019

Dearest Diane and Family, we are so saddened to hear of George’s passing. So many memories of you two from Edgewood. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Rest In Peace. Art and Lila Shaw

David Monson

June 29, 2019

So sorry to hear of my cousin George passing and my thoughts and prayers are with his immediate family. As a kid our family would often travel up from North Carolina to spend time with our Michigan cousins and George would always greet us with his big smile, infectious laughter and playful nature. We always had so much fun together! As the years passed by I did not see him as often but was able to join him in seeing James Taylor in concert and celebrated his dads 70th birthday with him years ago. As I am a private business owner also , I was happy for his successful paving venture and knew he was proud of his wife and 2 children. I look forward to seeing the rest of my northern cousins soon- my heart goes out to all as we miss George but celebrate his life and hold dear the many wonderful memories he provided us. David Monson

Jeannine Schilling

June 24, 2019

For almost 30 years Tom and I have been close friends with George and Diane. George was one to always be there to help with a small or large project. Sometimes I thought he never sat down. He loved to help. Most recently he helped build a garage at our sons house. Once he was shown how to use the power nailing gun he never would let anyone else use it. He also loved hummer ice cream drinks. I really think he was the best a making them. I think mostly he just liked using the blender. He must've ran on sweets! He wouldn't pass one up. Tom and I are going to miss him more than I can say. We are so blessed that we got to know him and love him.
Jeannine and Tom

Craig Jolly

June 23, 2019

I'm sad to hear this news about George. I went to Andover, and some him occasionally at Western, but rarely since those distant days.

He was a solid guy and very well liked. It sounds like he was living a rich and fulfilling life.

Lisa Harris

June 21, 2019

We love George and he will be dearly missed. Yes George was definitely a “Good Guy!” We we’re having a play scape installed in our very hilly steep backyard when kids were little. 1996. George asked me where will we put it? How will we level the ground? I told him me & Terry would dig out the dirt to level.
3 days later a guy in a Midwest Pavement Truck pulled up towing a back hoe. 💗💗💗
I called George to thank him and he said Lis, you would have been a month trying to dig all that earth level.
That’s George.

richard small

June 21, 2019

Dear Diane; June 21, 2019
I am heartbroken. We all are. I spoke to George last week. We were commiserating over not calling each other for over a year, but after about 10 seconds we were right back in high school. We caught up with news of family, George coming to terms with selling his business and preparing to spend more time in Florida with you. We were getting together later this month to discuss how we would work our way into retirement sometime soon. Then I got a call Sunday morning from Ruth and it all came crashing down.
George was my best friend through most of high school. Some people didn’t enjoy high school, but we had a blast along with our classmates. So many great memories and funny stories along the way. We talked about them every time we spoke because experiences we shared as we became who we are meant so much to us. A few we can even tell…
One weekend George needed to buy clothes. He asked if I wanted to come along. Yes, I said. This was the first time we shopped for clothes together. The logistics of this endeavor didn’t hit me until we pulled into the parking lot. I started laughing as I stepped out of the Blue Bomb and headed into the Big and Tall shop in Birmingham. The Blue Bomb was my beat-up station wagon with windows that didn’t roll down because my dog chewed off the handles. We had a plan. I would go in first and tell the salesman me and my twin brother were looking for pants. George stood behind me. I hung on for as long as I could (probably 2 seconds) then we both started laughing uncontrollably as the salesman just looked down on me, then up at George and had the most confused look on his face. (see next entry...there are 4)

richard small

June 21, 2019

Our height difference sometimes came in handy. We found a job one summer moving furniture before George got into the driveway sealing business. The boxes were easy. The couch, however, was a challenge. We had to carry it up a flight of stairs. Without a thought I took the front, George brought up the rear and the couch stayed fairly level the whole way up.
Then there is the story I should not tell. We laughed about it every time we reminisced. If I passed away first I know George would tell this story of how stupid we were with great joy. We were going to a party. I swapped out the Blue Bomb for my mother’s Buick Estate Wagon-- a 5000 pound beast with a 455 cubic inch engine that got 10 miles per gallon, less when we flipped the air cleaner cover for a little more speed. Off to the liquor store in Keego Harbor for a bottle of rot-gut Rich and Rare Whiskey. I think we stopped at Perry’s house for a few shots and then off to a party at Sue Kaplan’s house. While driving south on Franklin George wondered aloud whether this beast would actually get air-born if we timed the light at Maple just right. One way to find out I said.
An extremely stupid idea on so many levels but that’s how we rolled in those days. South on Franklin past Quarton we rolled. Then down the hill past Walnut Lake before there was a light there, gaining speed. When we hit Dakota Circle the light at Maple turned green. We were going to time this perfectly if I hit the gas, so I did. We hit the Maple bump at twice the speed limit. The experiment worked. An inch or so into the air we flew. There is a lot more to the

richard small

June 21, 2019

story; if George was telling it you would hear more about what happened next, but that’s not the point.
It was the image of George seared permanently into my memory. When I looked over as we said, let’s go, George was in his typical position in my car. Knees up against the dashboard. Station wagons in those days had one long bench seat. I couldn’t reach the pedals unless George’s knees were jammed into the dash. When we hit Maple his hands were now on the dash and we were hooting and hollering, partially out of excitement, partly out of fear and mostly because this was just one of many cherished moments of doing what kids did which I remember to this day and always will. Stupid, yes, but one small part of an unwavering bond that got us through good times and bad, and even a few really foolish endeavors. I regret none of them.
George was a true friend to a lot of us. He had a genuine interest in what we and our families were doing. It never took more than a few seconds to get back to where we loved to be, that time and place when things seemed so simple and full of opportunity, surrounded with familiarity of friends to meet and places to go without a care in the world. Jumping the bump at 15 mile, hanging out at Wing Lake, innocent mischief at Friday night Andover football games, meeting at Biffs after dropping off our dates while trying to keep our distance from Bloomfield police who always seemed to be there late at night. Those days drifted into college years then off we went into our lives.

Victor Espinoza

June 21, 2019

George Buchanan was a great man. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. I could talk about what a great negotiator he was or how he loved helping people out with his advise or connections. But what comes to mind when I remember George is how he called me by accident one day and I could hear him singing to the radio. He wasn’t just humming, it sounded like he was trying out for American idol. It added another layer to his personality for me. I never told him but thought I’d share that with all of you. Goodbye George. You’ll be missed.

Heidi Watkins

June 21, 2019

Diane and family....
I only had the pleasure of meeting George one time during Thanksgiving of 2008. Such a great man, husband and father.
I am so sorry for your family's loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs....

Heidi

FROM THE FAMILY

George S. Buchanan
Loving Husband and Devoted Father

FROM THE FAMILY

Family dinner before Michigan State vs. Indiana basketball game. February 2019

FROM THE FAMILY

George, Brandon, and Brittany at the MSU basketball game. 2019

FROM THE FAMILY

Biggest Spartan Fans!

FROM THE FAMILY

George, Lisa Harris, Diane, and Terry Harris at dinner.

FROM THE FAMILY

Andy Miller, Mary Ann, and George at the cottage in Canada

FROM THE FAMILY

Peter and Martha and George after the Canadian regatta 2018.

FROM THE FAMILY

Terry Harris, Craig Piasecki, and George golfing.

FROM THE FAMILY

Fishing with Glen Davis and friends in Florida

FROM THE FAMILY

Jodee and Mark, George and Diane Presidents Ball.

Biography

George Scott Buchanan. Born in Detroit, Michigan on January 25, 1956. Passed away suddenly on June 16, 2019.

The son of predeceased, Donald and Gloria Buchanan, he grew up in Birmingham, Michigan. He graduated from Andover High School, and later from Western Michigan University with a B.A. in Business Administration. At Western, he was member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity where he met many life-long friends. After college, he worked in sales management at Hudson’s department store in Pontiac, Michigan where he discovered his passion for business. Soon after, with the encouragement of his father, he fulfilled his lifelong ambition to be his own boss by starting his own business - Midwest Pavement Contracting. Under his leadership, the company has grown successfully for 29 years.
From a young age, George was an entrepreneur. George loved being his own boss and told his family that he could not see himself doing anything else. In 2008, he was proudly joined in the business by his son Brandon, who will continue in the business in his honor.

On September 9th, 1990, he married the love of his life, Diane Churchill. They have chosen to spend very few days apart since their first date more than 30 years ago. His priority in life was always her happiness and his love for her was boundless. Together they raised two beautiful children, Brandon (26) and Brittany (25). Brandon enjoyed the honor of working very closely with his Father on a day to day basis, learning from the best. Brittany and her Father together shared a very special bond. This included a cherished phone call every morning where George was always able to provide the best guidance no matter the topic. George’s own passions lived on through his children, with Brandon playing golf, and Brittany swimming and playing tennis, and both sharing his favorite activity, sailing at the family cottage in Amherstburg, Ontario.

In their pursuit of growing old together in happiness, George and Diane purchased a second home in Naples, Florida, which Diane referred to as their “happy place.” There they enjoyed time visiting friends and family, playing golf, deep sea fishing, going out for dinner, and relaxing on their lanai with their two beloved dogs, Tiffany “Little Bit” and Sophie. Each year, they spent more and more time there as the separation between their first and second homes blurred.

George and Diane had a very active social life as members of Edgewood Country Club, where they met many of their most beloved friends. At Edgewood, George spent eight years on the board of management where his leadership skills and business acumen led to being elected club president. He took on the role with great honor.

George was a man of deep faith, a member of Orchard Lake Community Presbyterian Church and a proud supporter of Camp Westminster in Roscommon, Michigan. The camp was the site of many of George’s happiest memories as a youngster, and the camp remained dear to his heart his entire life.
He cherished his family and many friends. He was loved by all and will be deeply and profoundly missed.
George is survived by wife Diane, his children, Brandon and Brittany, his brothers, Gary and Devin James and his sister, Janet. He also had a special relationship with Mary Lou and Bill Miller.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, June 21, 2019 at Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian, 5171 Commerce Road in Orchard Lake. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 3-7 pm at the Union Lake Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 1233 Union Lake Road in White Lake and Friday at church from10:00 am until the time of service at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Camp Westminster, 116 Westminster Drive, Roscommon, Michigan, 48653.