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Jack Langdon Fawcett

October 24, 1920 January 14, 2017
Jack Langdon Fawcett
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Obituary for Jack Langdon Fawcett

Jack Langdon Fawcett, a longtime resident of Birmingham, died peacefully January 14, 2017. He was 96 years old. Jack was born October 24, 1920, to Lena (nee Langdon) and Addison Fawcett.

Jack was a 1940 Graduate of Baldwin High School. In 1941 he married the love of his life, Shirley Shattuck. The two recently held a 75th wedding anniversary party in October 2016. Jack proudly served in the United States Army. He enlisted March 23, 1943, and served during World War II. He was in the Battery A 978th Field Artillery Battalion and fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Germany. He landed in Normandy ten days after D-Day. Jack also was a telephone lineman who laid phone lines for communication during the war. He was awarded 5 Bronze Stars for his service and was honorably discharged on November 3, 1945.

After his military service, Jack started working for the City of Birmingham Water Department in 1947. He would say, “With a name like Fawcett, I just had to work in the Water Department.” After eleven years of reading water meters, he began a new job managing the parking meters in Birmingham. He stayed for 25 years and became known as “Birmingham’s Goodwill Ambassador.” When he retired, he was an official member of the Birmingham Police Department.

After retirement, he was still very active for many years – he painted garages, volunteered at the Birmingham senior center, and served on the Board of Directors for the Baldwin House through his church, Embury United Methodist. He served in the Birmingham Kiwanis club for over 50 years and was a member of the Birmingham Senior Men’s Club.

Jack was called out of retirement several times to help repair and install new parking meters. He enjoyed collecting old parking meters, repairing them and selling or gifting them as novelty devices. All of his relatives have their own working parking meters in their homes, custom painted by Jack. He even authored two books; “Parking for a Nickel” he wrote in 2006 about his time as a parking meter Superintendent and “CSMO Close Station March Order” he wrote in 2014 about his time in Europe during WWII.

Along with his many other hobbies, Jack enjoyed playing golf and traveling. Shirley & Jack travelled extensively, visiting all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Europe multiple times, including Greece and Turkey. They wintered at their home in Bradenton, Florida for many years, and spent summers at their home in Birmingham.

Everyone loved Jack. He was always happy, never complained, and was always ready to tell a story or a joke to anyone who would listen. In fact, he was known for his storytelling and jokes and could (and would) talk to anyone. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 75 years, Shirley (nee Shattuck), and his sisters, Betty Chandler, Patsy Johnson, Sally Pilkinton, and Susie (Frank) Sasso. He is also survived by his 20 nieces and nephews, Phil Chandler, Tim (Sally) Chandler, Jill Chandler, Steve Chandler, Kerry Bennett, Gary (MaryBeth) Baker, Jackie (Wayne) Adams, Jari (Steve) Auger, Josie Auger, Chris (Kim) Johnson, Greg (Kim) Johnson, Jaimie Johnson, Jodie (Steve) Amell, Linsey Pilkinton, Tracey Pilkinton, Brett (Cathy) Pilkinton, Kim (Chad) Cameron, Becky (Jerry) Newell, Nichole (Keith) Laabs, and Suzanne (Brad) Kuusinen. Jack is also survived by many, many friends and loving neighbors who would do anything for him and Shirley. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Nancy Knapp and Peggy Woody, his sister-in-law, Becky Millet, and his nephew Alan Baker.

A Funeral Service will take place at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Rd. (between 14-15 Mile Rds.), Wednesday 11am. Friends may visit Tuesday 4-7pm and Wednesday beginning at 10:30am.

Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery, Birmingham.

Memorials appreciated to Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307.


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