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Grosse Pointe Men’s Excursion


1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Meet at Sindbads at 11:00/11:30 AM

Lunch at Sindbads is on your own.DiamondJack

Shuttle will depart from Sindbads at 12:30 PM and will arrive at Stroh’s Riverplace for embarkation at 1: 00 PM.

Cost: $20.00 per person inclusive of shuttle costs.

Cash bar and snacks are available on the ship.

Cruise proceeds from Stroh’s Riverplace to beyond the Ambassador Bridge, then around the Canadian side of Belle Isle, then to the Detroit side of the river back to Stroh’s Riverplace with narration regarding the scenic and historical points.

Payment of $20.00 to be made to James Callahan or David Buckley on or before May 22.

Any questions please call James Callahan at 313-220-8315.

SMC Memorial

Name:   Ben Almany Jr.

Born:   November 3, 1923

Died:   May 9, 2018 (94)

SMC Member: December 10, 1991 (26)

Beloved husband of Joyce. Father of Steven. Brother of Pauline and Dorothy. Grandfather of Matthew, Michael and Brett. Father in law of Amy. Ben attended WMU on a 4 year Baseball scholarship and was a 4 year starter. Unfortunately an arm injury his senior year kept him from a pro baseball career.

After serving in the Navy he finished his Masters Degree in Engineering. He had a long and successful career at Ford. His passions included his family and in particular his Grandchildren. Memorials can be made in his name to the Michigan Humane Society.


SMC Memorial

Name:   Basil D. Johnson

Born:   July 21, 1927

Died:   April 26,  2018 (90)

SMC Member: July 1, 2015 (2)

A  memorial service will be held at Christ Church Grosse Pointe on Thursday, May 17th at 3 pm. An obituary is not available at this time.

Avoid the New Medicare Card Scams

Please see article from SOC Communicator May-June 2018 CLICK HERE  on possible medicare scams with intro of new medicare card. The article is on the front page of the May/June edition.  The entire May/June Communicator follows the cover sheet when  you click on the link above.

SOC Communicator

Calendar of Events

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SMC Memorial

Name:   John R. Welchi

Born:     March 6, 1929 (89)

John R. Welchi was born on March 6, 1929 and passed on March 23, 2018 (89). He became a member of the SMCGP on June 14, 2011 (6). Husband of Lynn. Loving father of Russell (Dee) and John (Victoria). Dear grandfather of Grant. Loved brother of Robert Welchli. Visitation Tuesday 3-8PM at the A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave. at Vernier Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods, 48236. Funeral service Wednesday 12:00 Noon at the Funeral Home. Interment Elm Lawn Cemetery, Bay City, MI.

The Encore Years: Ed and Fran Benz

This is an inspiring article on Ed & Fran Benz that is in the March 2, 2018 issue of the Grosse Pointe News.  Their lives reflect a dedication to serve others as well as each other. Ed & ran are role models and we are proud Ed is a member of SMCGP.

Life continues to be an adventure for City of Grosse Pointe residents Ed and Fran Benz.


The two met on the SS South American, a Great Lakes steamer. He was a busboy and bellhop while he worked his way through school, then after serving in the U.S. Army, he returned and served as a bartender.

“Every year a nurse would do medical records and draw blood,” Ed Benz said. “That was (Fran).”

They met in the dining room and argued about Ayn Rand, Fran Benz said. It was the start of a long-lasting and eventful relationship.

After they married, they applied to the Peace Corps and were ready to head to North Bornea, “but that was the week we found out I was pregnant with Brian,” Fran Benz said, so they were unable to go. “Three years later we found out about Extension Lay Volunteers, which is like the Catholic Peace Corps. We spent a year (in Rowena, Texas).” Read more

SMC Memorial

Denne Osgood was born on April 7, 1942 (75)  and had been a member of the SMCGP  since March 11, 2008 (9). He died on December 26, 2017.

2018 Sponsors of SMCGP Directory, Thank you!

2019 ADS

Detroit International Marathon Relay

Tom Coles, 86, has been a member (now emeritus) of the SMCGP since 1998. He has done 13 marathons (last at 80) and 2 halfs (last at 85) to raise research funds for the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Two sons and two grandsons joined him in doing the Detroit International Marathon Relay on October 15

His Team finished 339th of 540 relay teams, completing the 26.2 miles in 4 hours, 51 minutes.


The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has been around for 30 years. Its original acronym was NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression). The name was changed five years ago. They still award NARSAD Research Grants. For its 30 years it has been a unique charity because 2-3 family foundations have paid 100% of its overhead costs so that 100% of money donated for research, goes to research.

In the photo, left, we are L to R (legs 1 to 5), Peter Coles (Grosse Pointe South HS ’76), Logan Coles (son of Michael Coles, GPSHS ’85), Brian Coles (GPSHS ’81), Chris Nemes 2(son of Kath-leen Coles, GPSHS ’77), and Tom Coles, M.D. The photo was taken by Dennis Coles (GPSHS  ’81).