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Detroit Catholic Central High School
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Novi, MI 48374
Beaumont Health Foundation
26901 Beaumont Blvd.
Southfield, MI 48033
Life Story / Obituary
George Duffourc was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. His vibrant personality could light up any room. A generous, driven, and dedicated man, he lived his life with great passion. George selflessly modeled acceptance for each and every person he met. He found his greatest reward in the family he so deeply loved. Although he will be deeply missed, George leaves behind a wonderful collection of memories for his family and special friends to cherish for years to come.
After many years of suffering through the Depression and World War II, the year 1949 brought much-needed prosperity. Televisions and cars were getting bigger and gaining in popularity in a growing consumer society. In the Midwest town of Detroit, Michigan, George and Violet Duffourc welcomed home their newborn son, George Louis, on January 29th at Mt. Carmel Hospital. Born to a hard-working motion picture operator and a caring homemaker, his birth brought great joy to their lives.
Growing up in Detroit with his older sister, Jeannette, he lived a typical childhood of the times. By the time he was six years old, the family relocated to Royal Oak. Studious as well as ambitious, after high school George followed his dream of becoming a teacher by completing his Bachelor's degree in Education at Oakland University. During this time, he also met the woman who would change the course of his life forever, Anne Marie! They spotted one another at the Coral Gables Night Club in September of 1972 and the rest was history! Smitten from the start, the happy couple wasted little time in planning their lives together and joined in marriage on August 10, 1973. George worked odd jobs until he landed his teaching position with Detroit Catholic Central High School in 1976. Well-loved by the staff and students, he remained there until he later retired in 2009 after a remarkable thirty-three-year career of teaching English. George always poured his heart into everything he set out to accomplish. He was an extremely dedicated school teacher and always wanted the very best for his students.
Together, he and Anne Marie raised four wonderful children. They enjoyed many special trips as a family including a family reunion in California. Later, they traveled to Maine taking in all the sights. As a father, there was never a dull moment when George was around! His quick-witted humor and jokes lightened up the mood and his unending intelligence was especially helpful when his children needed his fatherly advice. There simply wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his family. He shared with them his love of his hometown by attending the local classic car shows and never missed an opportunity to witness the famous Woodward Dream Cruise. Although he was his children’s biggest cheerleader and supportive life coach, George was also a loyal fan to his Detroit teams; the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Red Wings! They have many memories of attending or watching sporting events with him over the years. All in all, he created the best memories for the family by his wonderful sense of humor, his undivided attention, and his unconditional love.
Generous beyond measure, George selflessly took care of the ones he loved. A special memory was the time he treated his sister and brother-in-law to a rented house in West Branch for respite after their son, Marc, had died. He had a special knack for always looking out for everyone and his positive outlook always lifted the spirits of others when they needed it most. Jeannette remembered the comfort he gave to them both during that very difficult time in their lives. George and Anne Marie brought their cats along and the kids gave them their first swimming lesson in the indoor pool at the house. Luckily, the cats all survived! George knew the exact moments to lighten the mood and enjoyed taking the large group on mystery outings for dinner. Sometimes he would travel so far from the house, they would wonder if they were still in Michigan!
Retirement afforded him and Anne Marie the time to pursue their varied interests. They both loved to travel and enjoyed many family trips to special places on their wish list. They traveled to Utah in 2012 to visit their daughter and son-in-law as well as Texas in 2014 for the birth of their granddaughter, Annabelle. By 2018, they took a memorable trip to Florida together. In addition to his love of bowling and baseball, George also loved to cook. He enjoyed creating wonderful dishes for his lovely bride and their extended family on many occasions. George and Anne were always the most gracious hosts. In the summer they enjoyed attending the local street fairs. In the winter months, they always looked forward to the annual ice carving event in Plymouth. No matter what, it was always a fun adventure with the two of them! George had immense compassion for others and always strived to make every day a better one for those around him. A loyal and faithful friend, he leaves behind a wonderful legacy of hope and faith. May his loved ones never doubt the love he held for each and every one of them and may his warm and special memories endure forever.
George Louis Duffourc, age 71, of Redford, Michigan, passed away peacefully into eternal rest on March 27, 2020. He was a member of St. Valentine Parish. George was the beloved husband of Anne Marie for forty-six years; the loving father of John, Brian (Jessica), Robert, and Jacqueline (Matthew) Hayosh; dearest grandfather of Dominic, Gabrielle, Daniel, Gwendolyn, twins Scarlett and Samantha, and Annabelle; dear brother of Jeannette (Mike) Forster. Private services were held at Neely-Turowski Funeral Home 30200 Five Mile, Livonia. A public mass will be held in the future. Memorial contributions may be made to Detroit Catholic Central High School or Beaumont Health Foundation.