2013-04-13 / Obituaries

Armin Porter


Armin Porter Armin Porter Armin William Porter of Mackinac Island was a staunch supporter and volunteer of the close-knit Island community he enjoyed so much, serving on the city council and fire department, among other civic contributions. Mr. Porter passed away at his home in Petoskey surrounded by his family Sunday, March 31, 2013, at the age of 61.

Mr. Porter was an avid reader with an intellectually curious mind. Of particular interest to him were military history and quantum physics. He had a wonderful, dry sense of humor, his family said, that endeared him to everyone who enjoyed being in his company.

Mayor Margaret Doud said Mr. Porter’s absence will be felt throughout Mackinac Island.

“He was a great member of the Mackinac Island community and was always the first to respond when a fire alarm went off in downtown,” she said. “You could always depend on Armin to respond. He was also a great council member. When he spoke, people listened because he always had words of wisdom to share. He will be greatly, greatly missed.”

Former city alderman Mike Hart worked with and learned from him for many years.

“He was one of my very closest and best friends,” Mr. Hart said. “There’s a hole in the world and I will miss him for the rest of my life.”

Mr. Porter was born May 17, 1951, to William and Lorone Rickel Porter in Grosse Pointe, where he was graduated from Grosse Pointe High School. He attended Northern Michigan University.

As a child, he spent his summers at the cottage of his grandfather, Armin Rickel, on the West Bluff of Mackinac Island, and lived on the Island year-around for the last 41 years.

On September 9, 1984, he married Nancy Nephew on Mackinac Island, where they made their home. Mr. Porter worked as the general manager of Mighty Mac Hamburgers. He served two years as an emergency medical technician, eight years on the Mackinac Island City Council, and 28 years on the Mackinac Island Fire Department, where he served as a lieutenant. He was a member of the Wawashkamo Golf Club.

Mr. Porter is survived by his wife of 28 years, Nancy, and their children, Sarah Lorone Porter and Annie Elise Porter; his brothers and their families, Phil and Val Porter and Matthew and Melinda Porter; his sister and her family, Julie Porter and Brent Heerspink, and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents preceded him in death.

A memorial is planned on the anniversary of his birthday, May 17, at Ste. Anne’s Church on Mackinac Island. Details will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Mackinac Island Firefighters Association, PO Box 122, Mackinac Island MI 49757 or the Mackinac Island Community Foundation, PO Box 1933.

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