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Name:   Peter R. Gilezan

Born:   August 11 , 1927

Died:   May 14, 2018 (90)

SMC Member: February 10, 1998 (20)

Peter is survived by Star Gilezan, his beloved wife of more than 67 years; daughter, Gay Tosch (Paul); son, Grant Gilezan (Krisztina); granddaughters, Lauren, Charlotte and Holly, and many other family members and friends.  Peter served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War.  At Chrysler Corp., he received the Chairman’s Award for outstanding contributions to corporate quality initiatives. He retired in 1994 as Chrysler’s first executive director of environmental and energy affairs.

He was a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Grosse Pointe Woods, where he served on its vestry and was a warden, committee chair, Sunday school teacher and lector.  He was a member of the Grosse Pointe Woods City Council, planning commission and local officers compensation commission, as well as a member of the Wayne County Council on Sustainable Development. Peter was a driving force in the development of the Milk River Retention Treatment Basin to protect Lake St. Clair from large-scale storm water and sewer impacts.

He also enjoyed coaching in the Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores Little League.  Peter was a past member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and Lochmoor Club.  He enjoyed traveling worldwide, collecting art and taking photos. His favorite hobbies included hunting, classic cars, military history and barbecuing.  Peter was a gifted illustrator and painter. He was known for his keen intellect, sharp sense of humor and sage advice. He loved family traditions, especially Sunday meals.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 20475 Sunningdale Park, Grosse Pointe Woods.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 20475 Sunningdale Park, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 or any organization supporting veterans.


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