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Robert Thomas Gharrity

October 19, 1923 September 16, 2010
Robert Thomas Gharrity
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Obituary for Robert Thomas Gharrity

Robert Thomas �Bob� Gharrity, a long time resident of Milford, died on Thursday evening, September 16, 2010 after a long illness. He was 86 years old. Born in Savanna, Illinois on, October 19, 1923, he was the son of William H. and Antoinette (Brandt) Gharrity.
Like so many men of �the greatest generation,� his personal history was shaped by the history of World War II. He joined the U.S. Army and served in the Signal Corp and Radio Communications in the European Theater during the Battle of the Bulge. When the war was won, he returned home, and in 1950, the Gharritys moved to Milford, Michigan with their purchase of The Milford Times. It was at the bank, next door to the newspaper office, that Bob met Mary Louise Fawcett. They fell in love and were married on May 10, 1952 in Our Lady of the Lakes Church in Waterford. They took up residence in their home on Union Street where they have lived for the 58 years of their marriage.
From January 1, 1950 until August 1, 1975 Robert Gharrity worked at the paper where he would become Editor and Publisher of the The Milford Times, one of the oldest community newspapers in the State. From their offices in the middle of Main Street, the paper published all the news of the growing community, taking on a style like its editor in chief, reserved, intelligent, scrupulous about detail, avoiding �spectacle� in favor of what made our town �special� � especially its people. The new bride, the new baby, the big-game, and town meeting all got Bob�s careful attention. As did the police blotter, the want-ads, the bake sales and obituaries. His quiet witness of his town and its �times,� were all set in linotype, checked for spelling and punctuation and delivered every Thursday to townspeople who seemed somehow more interesting and interested in one another.
After a brief appointment as an interim member of the Milford Village Council, he was elected Milford Township Supervisor, a post that he held for several years. He was the Charter President of the Milford Jaycees, a charter member of the Milford Historical Society, a 50 year member of the Veterans of Foreign War and Bar Chairman at Milford American Legion. He loved wood working and crossword puzzles, and was an avid reader especially in the history of World War II.
Preceded in death by his parents, a brother, William E. Gharrity, and a sister, Jean (Robert) Piotrowski, Bob Gharrity is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Lou, a nephew, Robert Piotrowski, nieces, Ann and Jane Piotrowski and many, many dear friends who join in mourning the death of a good man and giving thanks to God for his life among them.

Funeral services will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, on Monday, September 20th, at 2PM, with the The Rev. R. John Harris officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may visit on Sunday 3-8PM. Memorials may be made in his name to the Milford Historical Museum, 124 E. Commerce, Milford, MI 48381. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.


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