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Dave Wilkie, 1933-2013

Longtime Guild member Dave Wilkie passed away last Tuesday, December 10th. As we remember him fondly, please keep Jo-Anne and his entire family in your thoughts and prayers.

Dave_WilkieDavid John Wilkie, 80, of St. Clair, slipped from the physical world on Dec. 10 after a series of health problems over the last two years. He was born in Detroit and graduated from Southeastern High School. An engineer, he and his brother Bill formed Wilkie Brothers, a conveyor manufacturer for mass assembly, in Detroit before relocating the firm to Marysville in 1985. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Dave worked for Chrysler for more than a decade in Indianapolis between two stints at Wilkie Brothers. But the arts – music, the stage and the visual arts – truly animated his life. A baritone who also sang tenor, he loved singing and would break into song at work, in taverns and while mowing the lawn. He sang with the Dearborn Community Chorale, St. Clair Community Singers, the St. Mary’s Choir and the male a cappella group Susquatch, which he cofounded. He sang as Davey O’Day for 17 St. Patrick’s Days at Murphy Inn. Dave performed in numerous St. Clair Theatre Guild productions and booked music for two decades for the St. Clair Art Fair. “He was always singing and laughing and wanted people to be up,” said Jo-Anne, his wife of 37 years.

Dave was preceded in death by his wife Marcelyn and their daughter Kristyn. He is survived by daughters Kathryn Dunn (John) and Lynda Campbell (Colin Powers); sons Scott (Mary), U.S. Army Col. David (Christine) and Robert; step-daughters Anne LaBrecque (Leon), Kathryn Klink (John) and Mary Poleto (Chris); 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. They will forever be filled by his irrepressible spirit.

Visitation in the L.C.Friederichs & Son Funeral Home, Monday from 3-8 PM with 7 PM rosary. In state Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Clair from 10 AM till mass at 11 AM.

Contributions in memory of Dave may be made to the St. Clair Art Association and/or St. Clair Theatre Guild.

SCTG to participate in Christmas parades

christmas-wreathThe Guild will enter a float into two local Christmas parades again this holiday season. The St. Clair Christmas Parade is Friday, November 22nd and the Marine City Santa Parade is December 6th. Members and friends are invited to walk along with our float in either or both parades.

Work began on the SCTG float this past Sunday. Look for information on upcoming float work dates here on the website. We have the trailer base in our building and the beginnings of a plan. Any help would be appreciated. Building the float can be lots of fun.

Halloween costume rental available

Grinning Halloween lantern vector illustration.SCTG is planning a Halloween party costume rental service for adults. Costumes will be available on the Thursday and Friday evenings (from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.) on the two weekends prior to Halloween. Costumes must be returned on the following Sunday. Prices and other details will be forthcoming. The costume selection process, including what the Guild will rent for this service, begins Monday, Oct. 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Guild Building. Rentals will begin on October 17th.

Anyone interested in helping with setup and/or staffing please contact Sue Scharnweber Daniels at (810) 329-4498.

Annual Meeting – September 22nd

The St. Clair Theatre Guild will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, September 22nd at 5:00 p.m.

There will be a minimum of five and up to a maximum of nine board seats available this year. If interested in joining the board, or know someone you might want to nominate, please contact us prior to the meeting via Facebook or the website. You must be present at the Annual Meeting; dues must have been paid and you must have been active this past year. Come share your ideas on what shows & activities you would like to see the Guild participate in.

Oklahoma DVD’s will be available at the meeting. Please plan on participating in the annual meeting and get your DVD! It takes many hands to run this organization.