KIRK WILSON died unexpectedly on April 11, 2016 at 60 years of age. Kirk was born in Minneapolis, MN on May 8, 1955 to Kenneth and Alice (Kresin) Wilson. He served in the US Coast Guard from 1973 to 1977 aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sundew stationed in Charlevoix. He worked most of his life for Irish Boat Works as a master marine technician, retiring in October of 2015 after 27 years of service. In August 2014, he married Michele L. (Bateson) Bratcher, who survives him.
Kirk and Michele made their home in Norwood and they could frequently be seen enjoying our Norwood Township park and beach as well as the adjoining Fisherman’s Island State Park with their canines. As members of the NAHS they generously donated two sizable maple trees to the society. These were removed from their property and replanted along Fourth Street in Norwood in front of the Schoolhouse where they stand today.
Kirk will be missed by all who knew him to be a straight-forward, plain speaking man of principle.
GEORGE LIGHT could in some ways be called the “essence” of Norwood. I say this because George spent almost all the nearly 95 years of his entire life in Norwood and embodied many of the “virtues” of this small community. He was born here on January 31, 1922 to George and Faye (Wagner) Light and died in his home surrounded by family on October 4, 2016. Following his participation in WWII in France, he was awarded the Croix de Guerre bronze star by the French government. In 1948 he married Barbara Butler who died in 1994. George married Marion Shea in 1996 in Norwood where they made their home.
George was a kind and practical man who treated people fairly in his personal and business life, as the owner and operator of the East Jordan Lumber Company for many years. Growing up in a small community, he knew and loved the outdoors, spending a great deal of time in the environs that encompass our village.
As an honorary life-time member of the NAHS, George was very helpful in teaching us about daily life in Norwood when he was a boy and young man. After we acquired the Schoolhouse, he helped us understand its layout when it functioned as a school and was quick to give us insight into how lessons were conducted there during the years that he attended.
George Light has left a lasting impression on the world in which he lived and will be deeply missed by us all.