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George Brand Iii

November 28, 1951 — January 11, 2015

George Edward Brand III George Edward Brand III, husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle died January 11, 2015 after a short illness. In meeting George for the first time, his deep, resonant voice confirmed his place in radio. Born November 28, 1951, George grew up in Grosse Pointe Park, the son of Patricia and George Brand Jr. He attended college in Greely, Colorado where he got his first job in radio. After marrying Sally Jones in 1979, he and Sally settled in Lewiston where George continued his disc jockey work and then later joined the Bud Jones Insurance Agency. He and Sally were partners in marriage and business, and they ultimately purchased the agency. Additionally, George was a real estate agent with Century 21. Dedicated to the community he lived and worked, George served as a board member for Lewiston's Downtown Development Association, a member of the Lovells Historical Society, the Lovells Board of Review, as well as being the former President of the Amateur Radio Association of Hansen Hills, a member of the Michigan Army Radio Service, the Lewiston Area Amateur Radio Club, and the Montmorency EOC. His favorite service activity, however, was the Boy Scouts; a former Scoutmaster for Troop 18 in Lewiston, he was one of its most active supporters. George was a devoted father to Hunter and was no prouder than when Hunter and his wife made him a grandfather. He shared his interests with Hunter, teaching him hunting skills, the mysteries of radios and supporting him in all life endeavors. Perhaps, the best memory they shared was a trip out West one summer, visiting the national parks in a motor home they bought and outfitted. They created once-in-a-lifetime father and son experiences and got to know one another as men on that journey. In the past few years, George enjoyed his log home on Shupac Lake, where he would disappear into the basement and work on his radio station or in the summer sit on the front porch with Sally and enjoy the sunset over the lake. For twenty-three years, he and Sally were the Brand Clan, monitoring the AuSable Canoe Marathon on the Foote Dam in Iosco County. Sally and George loved antiquing together and often spent weekends in Northern Michigan in search of an illusive milk bottle or radio part. Surviving George are his wife, Sally, son Hunter, daughter-in-law Whitney, granddaughter Mila Victoria, mother, Patricia Brand of Grosse Pointe Park, sisters Martha Brand (Jerry Rosen) of Minneapolis, Carol Brand (Bill Kamp) of Lovells and numerous nieces and nephews. George also leaves behind three men, he fondly called his "second sons": Sean Brennan, Jim Gardner and Darwin Herron of Lewiston. With funeral arrangements by Green Funeral Home, a private family-only memorial service will be held in the spring, but persons wishing to celebrate and honor George's life may donate to the following organizations: Lewiston Boy Scout Troop 18, P.O. Box 676, Lewiston, MI 49756 and Lovells Township Fire Department, 8405 Twin Bridge Road, Grayling, MI 49738. George and his voice for radio could always be found at the call sign WA8SCO; it is now a silent key.
He and Sally were partners in marriage and business, and they ultimately purchased the agency. Additionally, George was a real estate agent with Century 21. Dedicated to the community he lived and worked, George served as a board member for Lewiston's Downtown Development Association, a member of the Lovells Historical Society, the Lovells Board of Review, as well as being the former President of the Amateur Radio Association of Hansen Hills, a member of the Michigan Army Radio Service, the Lewiston Area Amateur Radio Club, and the Montmorency EOC. His favorite service activity, however, was the Boy Scouts; a former Scoutmaster for Troop 18 in Lewiston, he was one of its most active supporters. George was a devoted father to Hunter and was no prouder than when Hunter and his wife made him a grandfather. He shared his interests with Hunter, teaching him hunting skills, the mysteries of radios and supporting him in all life endeavors. Perhaps, the best memory they shared was a trip out West one summer, visiting the national parks in a motor home they bought and outfitted. They created once-in-a-lifetime father and son experiences and got to know one another as men on that journey.
In the past few years, George enjoyed his log home on Shupac Lake, where he would disappear into the basement and work on his radio station or in the summer sit on the front porch with Sally and enjoy the sunset over the lake. For twenty-three years, he and Sally were the Brand Clan, monitoring the AuSable Canoe Marathon on the Foote Dam in Iosco County. Sally and George loved antiquing together and often spent weekends in Northern Michigan in search of an illusive milk bottle or radio part.
Surviving George are his wife, Sally, son Hunter, daughter-in-law Whitney, granddaughter Mila Victoria, mother, Patricia Brand of Grosse Pointe Park, sisters Martha Brand (Jerry Rosen) of Minneapolis, Carol Brand (Bill Kamp) of Lovells and numerous nieces and nephews. George also leaves behind three men, he fondly called his "second sons": Sean Brennan, Jim Gardner and Darwin Herron of Lewiston.
With funeral arrangements by Green Funeral Home, a private family-only memorial service will be held in the spring, but persons wishing to celebrate and honor George's life may donate to the following organizations: Lewiston Boy Scout Troop 18, P.O. Box 676, Lewiston, MI 49756 and Lovells Township Fire Department, 8405 Twin Bridge Road, Grayling, MI 49738.
George and his voice for radio could always be found at the call sign WA8SCO; it is now a silent key.
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