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Lawrence Michael Tinskey Sr.

January 14, 1940 December 2, 2018
Lawrence Michael Tinskey Sr.
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Obituary for Lawrence Michael Tinskey Sr.

Lawrence “Larry” M. Tinskey, Sr., of Livonia, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2018.  He was 78 years old.  Larry was born in Detroit, went to school there, and lived the majority of his life in Livonia. He also lived in West Virginia and Battle Creek. He was devoted to Ford Motor Company and retired after 35 years as a machine repair technician.  He spent his career at the Livonia Transmission Plant and truly loved his work. 

He is survived by his children, Larry (Dawn) Tinskey, Michael (Jessica) Tinskey, and Christina (Tim) Johnson; grandchildren; Kellie, Sean, Madeline, Isabella, and Griffin Tinskey, Caitlyn and Derek Johnson; siblings, John “Jack” (Joan) Tinskey, Larry’s Twin - Jerry Tinskey, Pauline Lang, Kathy Overfield, and Kenneth Rodocker; many nieces and nephews; also extended family and dear friends.

Lawrence is preceded in death by his wife, Betty Tinskey, parents John (Margaret) Tinskey and Gloria Kaczynski and also by his beloved pets Tuffy, Lady and Cocoa.

He believed in rescuing dogs, and would often make visits to the humane society just to visit and pet the dogs. On more than one occasion, he would stop at McDonalds for his favorite chocolate shake. He would also buy two hamburgers; one for him and one for his dog! 

Larry’s hobbies in his younger years included weekly card games with his brothers and friends. They would oftentimes go into the late hours of the night even on a school night. He was pretty well known for his card games although the jury is still out on which of the three brothers played best. They were competitive games to say the least and a welcomed distraction from high school.  Thanks to Joan and Pat for helping them with their homework and getting them to graduation!   

Larry always drove a Ford and really loved his Ford F150s, his thunderbird and the mustang, and would take pride in owning Ford vehicles his entire life. The Tinskey boys owned a Speedway gas station in Detroit which is where his love for cars all started. Later in life, when he wasn’t at the Ford transmission plant, he would spend his free time in his garage or outside working in the yard. The garage was his man cave with every Craftsman tool imaginable. He took pride in keeping all his tools very clean and organized. He really enjoyed fixing anything that was broken and making it better than new.

His favorite past time had to be purchasing old lift trucks and refurbishing them. He had a passion for lift trucks and could work miracles making them run like new.   On any given day, he most likely would have orange paint on his hands from painting.  He was able to raise funds for braces for three kids by reselling those orange lift trucks! 

He loved to travel mostly to Florida and Las Vegas. He also really enjoyed his two up north cottages. The first one was in Tyrone Township near Hartland, Mi and on Bluegill Lake in Clare County, Mi.  So many wonderful memories were spent at his cottage. 

Larry built his second home in Livonia with his wife Betty and they lived on the corner lot near Hines Drive. He took extra pride in his home and his lawn was meticulous. Every holiday you can be sure they would have the house decorated  inside and out with animated lights and figurines.  He especially loved going to Murray’s hardware store and buying new Christmas decorations every year. He was also known to show up at his kid’s homes and put a giant Snowman on the lawn, a huge electric snow globe, or a Santa with reindeer on the roof! 

Larry had the biggest heart and always wanted to help others.  Whether it was a friend, a relative, a neighbor or a stranger he would not think twice. He had a drive in him to help others.  If he didn’t have any extra cash that week (probably because he was known to open his wallet to anyone and offer up a 20) he would find a way to earn extra money.  One time when someone he knew was a little down on luck, lost his license and job, and needed work, Larry went out and found him miscellaneous manual labor jobs.  Not only that but he would drive him to the job, oftentimes taught him how to paint or landscape, and helped him complete the project. He would also give him extra money for groceries.  He did this for an entire summer to help this person until they could get back on their feet.  That is how big his heart was. He wouldn’t just take it one step. He would go the extra mile for anyone. He was such a hard worker and would lead by example, which is why he is an amazing role model for his 3 kids and 7 grandkids.  

A special thank you from Larry Senior’s family for the wonderful care he was given at Waterford Oaks Senior Care and for hospice care by “The Care Team” of Farmington Hills and Flint. 

A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 East Liberty St. Milford, 48381 on December 6th at 10am. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday December 5th from 3-8 PM.

Memorial Contributions can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association or Westland Humane Society.

Previous Events





3:00 PM 12/5/2018 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 12/5/2018 8:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States





10:00 AM 12/6/2018 10:00:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Michigan Humane Society

Development Department, Michigan Humane Society
30300 Telegraph Road Suite 220
Bingham Farms, MI 48025
To the Westland Humane Society in Lawrence's memory.

Alzheimers Association-Greater Michigan Chapter

25200 Telegraph Road
Suite 100
Southfield , MI 48033

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