Brissette, Paul L.
Bay City, Michigan
Long time Bay City resident, Paul L. Brissette, 81, passed away Saturday, October 25, 2014 in comfort and peace at Sheffield Bay Assisted Living. He was surrounded with love of family and friends. Paul was born on February 11, 1933, the son of the late Paul H. and Johanna (Kusmierz) Brissette.
Paul married JoAnn H. Petoskey on July 14, 1956 and together they had six children; Kimberly Brissette (Amy Rushman), Melissa (Mark) Dwyer, Paul (Lori) Brissette, Heidi (Craig) Kokaly, Fred (Anne) Brissette and Heather (John) Jatczak. Joann predeceased him in March of 1976. Paul then married Rosemary Dean on October 25, 1977 and became stepfather to Linda Divo (David Aumann), Alan Divo, Andy (Angie) Divo and Jackie (Rusty) Bissonette. Rosemary predeceased him in February of 2010. In addition to his children, he is survived by and will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Megan, Sara and Matthew Dwyer; Zachary and Lindsey Brissette and Lauren (Justin) Greenfield; Isaac and Jacob Kokaly; Kendrick, Kyle and JoAnn Brissette; Hayden and Olivia Jatczak; Eric Divo; Adam, Zach and Andrew Divo and Rebecca Bissonette. Great-grandaughter Ava Divo.
Paul is survived by a sister, Lois (James) Berthiaume and a brother Ralph (Shirley) Brissette. He is predeceased by a brother James (Suzanne) Brissette.
Paul was the owner of Brissette’s 6-12 Inc. which has been family owned and operated for more than four generations.
Paul served in the United States Air Force from 1952-1956 where he ranked Airman 1st class as well as served in the Army Reserve. Service to his country and his community was something Paul held in high regard. This was evident by his commitment and many years serving as a Bay County Commissioner for the Democratic Party, MBS Airport Commission, Waste Water Treatment Commission and his Bay Metro Board membership where Paul was the recipient of the Governors’ Award. Paul was also a member of the Bay City Lions Club, Knights of Columbus Council 414 and the Fraternal Order of Police. Paul was also instrumental in the development and building of the Bay County Ice Arena.
Paul enjoyed spending time with family and friends and especially enjoyed supporting his beloved Fighting Irish and Detroit Redwings. He was also an avid fisherman, hunter and pilot. His kindness and generosity toward others, sense of humor and original one-liners will be missed and fondly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the care givers of Harmony Hall at Sheffield Bay who took wonderful care of Paul, giving him continuous care and love. The family would also like to extend a thank you to the care givers of Americans Hospice Care.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. from Our Lady of Peace Parish – St. Mary’s Church. Concelebrating the Mass will be Fr. Patrick Jankowiak and Fr. Steve Gavit followed by Military Honors by the Bay County Veteran’s Council. Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Monday from 2 – 8 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday after 9:00 a.m. There will be a parish vigil service for Paul at 7:00 p.m. Monday. Those planning and expression of sympathy are asked to consider Our Lady of Peace Parish or The Boy and Girls Club of Bay County.
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