Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 1, 2013

John C. Dick

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — CLEVELAND TOWNSHIP — John Cribb Dick, 84, passed away June 29, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family after a long illness.

Born on Sept. 9, 1928, in Coral Gables, Fla., to Elliot Colter and Helen J. Dick. John spent his entire youth in Coral Gables, Fla., graduating from Coral Gables High School. He went on to the University of Florida with a BA degree in accounting and economics. He worked for Commercial Credit Corp. in several locations in Florida. While manager of the West Palm Beach office, he met and married Rita McDonald. They had five children in Florida.

In 1964, he moved his family to Michigan where he was involved with the start-up of Chrysler Financial Corp. He was transferred to Caracas, Venezuela as Managing Director for South America, bringing his wife and five children. His international experience extended to Japan, South Africa, Australia, Iran and Saudi Arabia. His favorite assignment took him and his family to London, England, from 1980-82, where he served as Managing Director for Talbots Wholesale.

He retired in 1992 to a home he built on Little Traverse Lake. However, John did not adapt to retirement very well and went to work for BMW as a consultant for two years, living in New Jersey with his wife. In 1996, he took a consultant job with AutoNation in Fort Lauderdale. He also did some consulting work for Cerberus in New York.

John was a believer in “giving back.” Although his life was by no means paved with gold as he had to work hard for what he had, he felt strongly about helping others. His many volunteer jobs were: American Red Cross, where he started by folding envelopes and later became a Director; GTP Industries, as Director and later Chairman; SCORE, as Chairman; United Way of NW Michigan as Director and Treasurer; Economic Club of Traverse City as Treasurer; Leland Library; Leland Museum; Little Traverse Lake Property Owner’s Assoc.; Leland Democratic Party; Cleveland Tax Review Board; Music House Museum Board Member; and Economic Development Committee.

He was also a member of the Leland/Suttons Bay Rotary Club, Prospectors Club, Economic Club of Traverse City, and the Chrysler Retiree Luncheon Group.

John loved to read and had a special library room built in his house to keep his books. He also loved playing tennis and golf and sailing his sunfish on the lake. But most of all, he was a great husband, father, grandfather, CFO and all-around human being.

He is survived by the love of his life, wife Rita; five children, Jeanne Graves (Greg), John M. (Jennifer), Susan Svensson (Stefan), Joseph, Allen (Diane); grandchildren Justin (Taemi), Michael, Susan, Katherine, step-grandson Chris, Emily, Miranda, Kendall, McKenna, Lian, Chandler and Addison; brother-in-law Bob McDonald (Donna), sister-in-law Peggy (Luther), sister-in-law Marie; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held at The Leland Lodge on Wednesday, July 3, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Memorials may be directed to the Leland Township Library, PO Box 736, Leland, MI 49654-0736.

Please share memories with John’s family on their online guestbook at

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.