is with heavy hearts and crying eyes that we
announce the loss of our President and
dear friend Chuck Brockman. He is now
welcomed into heavenly arms and with his wife
Chuck's obituary read:
Charles (Chuck) Brockman died March 1st,
2015 at his home on Harsens Island. He was born
May 28th, 1934.
Mr. Brockman was born and raised in Mount
Clemens and worked in the Macomb Daily newspaper
composing room for 34 years, semi- retiring in
1999, he continued to write the boating column
for the paper until 2006.
Serving in the Army from 1954-56 in Munich,
Germany he traveled extensively in Europe. He
was predeceased by his wife of 30 years
Margarite, his father, Harvey and mother, Roma,
sister Janet Grime and is survived by a niece
and three nephews.
An avid lifetime recreational boater, Mr.
Brockman cruised to many destinations in the
Great Lakes and called Lake St. Clair his home
port. Taking delivery of their last boat in New
York, they brought it back through the Hudson
River and Erie Canal to the Great Lakes treating
the cruise as a vacation.
Mr. Brockman was the founder and ONLY
President of Save Our South Channel Lights,
heading the organization efforts to restore the
historically important lighthouses in Lake St.
Memberships in organizations include: Lake
St. Clair Save Our South Channel Lights, The
Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association,
Harsens Island/St. Clair Flats Association,
Michigan Lighthouse Alliance, Idle Hour Yacht
Club, North Star Sailing Club, Great Lakes
Maritime Institute, The Detroit Historical
Society, Mount Clemens Elks, Nautical Mile
Merchants Association, and the Old Crowd.
Loving a bit of adventure, he also like to
fly in large and small planes of every type,
including parasailing and sail planes.
At the age of 71 Mr. Brockman did a
successful tandem sky dive saying it was
something he always wanted to do.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
Save South South Channel Lights organization.
Cremation arrangements were entrusted to the
Will & Schwartzkoff Funeral Home in Mount
Clemens and no services will be held. For any
additional information on contributions to SOS
Channel Lights you may call (586) 242-6047 Kathy
Brady, Gary Strobel (586) 698-8957 or Deb
Strobel (586) 698-8958.
We lost a great man, a role model and mentor
today. Rest assured, the light restoration
project will continue in his and his families
honor. Chuck was honored at this years Annual
meeting on April 25th at MacRay Harbor.
Chucks favorite poem;
"As daylight fades and shimmering crystals
surround me, I hear the advance then retreat of
never ending seas and in the distance I faintly
see the outline of my purpose, for mine is to
May his spirit and his lighthouses forever