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George Richard Tait

October 8, 1931 April 16, 2018
George Richard Tait
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Obituary for George Richard Tait

George Richard Tait, of White Lake, died at home on April 16, 2018 at the age of 86.

He was born on October 8, 1931 in Detroit and was raised in the now demolished neighborhood near Tiger Stadium and Michigan Central, where he had a wonderful childhood in which he always said he would gladly relive. Following graduation from St. Vincent’s High School, he enlisted with the United States Air Force in 1951. George was stationed in Morocco and then served in the Korean War as a medic at Kimpo Air Force Base, South Korea. Upon returning home from the war, he married Mildred and raised four children in Detroit before moving to the Milford area. In 1980, he married Karen, and gained another daughter. George sold material handling equipment to Ford and reconnected with his Scottish heritage by learning to play the bagpipes. His love of the instrument led him to join the Chrysler Pipe Band (now the Celtic Pipes and Drums) and he later served as the Pipe Major for the Celtics for over fifteen years, and most recently was the band’s manager. Over the years, George taught many Detroit-area bagpipers and was very proud of their accomplishments. In later years, he took up the concertina and enjoyed playing with various Celtic session groups, both public and the Detroit VA hospital. George also thoroughly loved playing bridge at several senior centers, including the Richardson Center, the Milford Senior Center and the Northville Senior Center. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; children, Sue (Hugh) Sullivan, Tom, Carolyn, Charles (Kathleen), Kristen; grandchildren, Patrick and Colin; sister, Margaret Polgar; many nieces and nephews, including Donald Jr., Marnie, Lynn and Cheri. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Margaret; brothers, Alan (Ruth), Jack (Nancy), Donald and wife, Mildred.

A private interment of ashes will be held at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly.

A memorial gathering will be held in May.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to your local VFW, have a mass said in his name and “Do all the good you can…to all the people you can” - John Wesley


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