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Life Story / Obituary
All who knew William Hack would agree that he was the most loving, sacrificial, and compassionate man around. In everything he did, he thought of others first and foremost, and he was a man of great character as well. It was easy to see that his wife and children were the light of his life, and there was nothing that made Bill happier than being surrounded by the love of his family. Although he accomplished so much of which to be proud, he was a humble man who would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. Life will never be the same without Bill here, but he leaves behind priceless collection of memories that his loved ones will hold forever near and dear to their hearts.
The 1970s were a time unlike any other in American history as we were on the brink of the technological age. Walt Disney World was opened in Orlando, Florida, and Microsoft and Apple were both officially launched. Amidst this exciting time was the year 1977 when William and Shirley (Sherman) Hack were eagerly awaiting the birth of their new baby as winter settled in on the city of Detroit, Michigan. The big day finally arrived when the baby boy they named William drew his first breath on December 20th. He was one of two children in his family as he was raised in Canton alongside his sister, Kristen. Billy and his sister were partners in crime who could entertain each other for hours on end. His father worked for Ford Motor Company while his mother was a registered nurse at Children's Hospital in Detroit. Bill owned and operated his landscaping and snowplowing business, Bill’s Outdoor Care, and as the holiday season came into season, Bill would put up Christmas decor for customers.
In many ways, Billy was a young boy of his generation. He was a practical jokester from the earliest age, and he was full of a contagious zest for life that was his constant companion. Bill was an entrepreneur even as a young boy as he earned some spending money with a paper route. He was so proud to work hard and told his mom that he would give her five dollars out of every check. Billy also asked that his parents drive him to a small store so that he could buy his mother something for Valentine’s Day. By the time he was a teen, Bill loved all sports teams, especially the Tigers and the Pistons. He was a student at local schools who also graduated with an associate’s degree in business management while running his own business as well.
Always looking to work hard, Bill started his own grass cutting business at the age of 12. His neighbors were among his first customers, and there are a few of them who are still customers today - 25 years later! Bill advertised himself by sitting on the front lawn with a hand-drawn picture of his grass cutting services. He worked hard every day and built a successful business that he was so proud of.
New and exciting changes were in store for Bill when he met the woman of his dreams. Her name was Jen, and it was love at first sight when they were set up on a blind date. He was 25 at the time, and he was focused on the future. It was easy to see that Bill brought out a light in Jen that was ever-present, and he did everything he could to assure her that she was truly and unconditionally loved. Jen was simply a different person with him, and he made everything fun and showed her all that life could be. They began dating and soon fell deeply in love. With a desire to establish a life together, the sweethearts were united in marriage on October 23, 2004. Together they were thrilled to welcome two children, Alexis Raydean and Jacob William, into their hearts and home. From the time he was a young boy, Billy always wanted children, and from the moment that his first child was born he became the best father ever. It was his wife and children who put a sparkle in his eye, and they were also the driving force behind his hard work and success. He was an active part of his children’s lives and always made the time to play with them, to take them places, and to encourage them to try new things.
In addition to showering his family with his love and working hard to provide for them, Bill kept busy with so many other things that greatly enriched his life. He was very close to his mother and sister throughout his life, and he was quick to take care of both of them as often as he could. Bill enjoyed traveling, and over the years he enjoyed taking cruises with his buddies. Known as the “news junkie,” he remained in tune with all current events and was therefore the first to tell his family and friends about what was going on. Bill loved taking in a Tigers or Pistons game as a season ticket holder, and he loved everything about the city of Detroit. Bill closely monitored the city’s progress and was so excited to see every step forward. He was a collector of various sports memorabilia like baseball cards as well as coins, and he loved the history of old buildings and historical events of all kinds. A lover of fireworks, Bill put on the most amazing firework displays from his own backyard.
In reflecting on the life of William Hack, it is easy to see that no one met him and left unchanged. He had the best sense of humor and loved making others laugh, which was why others just wanted to be around him. Always willing to work hard, Bill did so in order to provide for his family and to bless others in ways both great and small. He was content in whatever life brought, and he lived every day to the absolute fullest. Bill will never be forgotten.
Family will receive friends Sunday October 18, 2-9 p.m. at the Neely-Turowski Life Story Funeral Home, 45100 Warren Road, Canton (between Sheldon and Canton Center Rds), where a funeral service will be held Monday October 19, 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment Parkview Memorial Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a condolence, go to www.TurowskiLifesStory.com