Name: Roger Van Der Kar
Born: June 21, 1915
Died: July 29, 2018 (103)
SMC Member: July 22, 1980 (38)
Following the deaths of both parents, Roger came to Grosse Pointe to live with his uncle and aunt, Dr. George and Theodora Van Der Kar Fay. He attended Grosse Pointe schools, graduating from Grosse Pointe High School, where he earned a letter in tennis and served as class valedictorian. Following high school, he attended Colgate University and graduated from Detroit College of Law. His business career was with the Hanna Furnace Corp., a subsidiary of National Steel Corp.
He retired as general manager of sales. In the early part of World War II, Roger was active in the enlistment of naval aviation cadets. He was commissioned to the amphibious fleet and served on two different Landing Ship, Tanks in the European Theatre of Operations.
Roger enjoyed skiing and sailing. He was a longtime member of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Otsego Ski Club and Detroit Boat Club, where he rowed, sailed and served as commodore. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley Hassard, in 2012. He is survived by his daughter, Laura Roy; son, Michael (Victoria) and grandchildren, Derek and Alex Roy, Sarah Jacques (Casey) and Christopher Van Der Kar.
A memorial service will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 14325 Jane St., Detroit MI 48205 or Detroit Industrial School, c/o 17150 Waterloo, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230