Dennis H. Brodeur, 91, of Mackinac Island, was a longtime businessman who served on the city council and was active in civic organizations. Mr. Brodeur passed away peacefully Saturday, July 7, 2012, at his home.
He was born in Detroit December 8, 1920, to Fred and Alice (nee Wandrie) Brodeur.
Mr. Brodeur spent time on Mackinac Island with his grandparents as a child, and he returned to the Island after he served in the U.S. Navy Air Force as a pilot. He loved flying and at one time delivered the mail to the Island, often landing on the ice. He purchased the Mustang Lounge in 1972 and owned it for more than 35 years. It is now owned by his grandsons. At one time, he was part owner of the Village Inn on Mackinac Island. He was an influential businessman on Mackinac Island and started the Mackinac Island Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce, and was instrumental in the organization of the first Mackinac Island ambulance corps. He was a member of Ste. Anne’s Church, and the Mackinac Island American Legion.
He had attended school on Mackinac Island. He loved horseback riding, and was involved in the new Equestrian Center. He also loved to play golf and was a board member of Wawashkamo Golf Course. In later years, he spent winters in Naples, Florida, where he played golf often. He owned an airplane until into his 80s.
He had a poodle named Sugarfoot for 16 years, and Mr. Brodeur cared for Sugarfoot like a special friend.
He is survived by his daughter and her family, Leanne Brodeur and Mark Bunker of Mackinac Island; a daughter-in-law and her family, Loretta Brodeur-Spata and Tony Spata of Mackinac Island; two brothers and their families, Father Ted Brodeur of Mackinac Island, and Michael and Patricia Brodeur of Royal Oak; two sisters, Berniece Thompson of Sault Ste. Marie, and Barbara Chirco of Waterford; seven grandchildren, Fred Brodeur, Dennis Brodeur, Joseph Brodeur, Tony Brodeur, Darcy Brodeur-Bunker, Morgan Brodeur-Bunker, and Paul Spata, and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Fred Brodeur, in 1974, and three brothers, Fred, Charles, and Anthony, and his former wife, Letha, in 2007.
In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services. A celebration of his life will be held late in August at the Mustang Lounge, to be announced later.
Memorials may be directed to the Mackinac Community Equestrian Center in his name.
Dodson Funeral Home of St. Ignace assisted the family with arrangements.