Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Longtime city supporter Harold Thieda dies

Saugatuck resident Harold Thieda, right, speaks with Sig Steiger about the history of the Saugatuck Chain Ferry on Saturday, July 17, 2010. Thieda rode the ferry to get his mail at the post office across the river from his home.

Saugatuck Mayor Jane Verplank started the city council meeting with a heavy heart on Monday.

“Sunday was not a good day in Saugatuck,” she said.

Harold Thieda, 69, died in Grace of Douglas after a battle with a cancer.

Harold was a member of the city planning commission for 10 years, was a member of the historical society and was chairman of the Kalamazoo Harbor Master Plan Committee, the predecessor of the new harbor authority.

Harold also regularly sat in on city council workshops and meetings.

“He was always there when you needed him,” Verplank said.

He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and, as Verplank noted, he often sold Tootsie Rolls in front of the post office to raise money for children with special needs.

“I will forever miss him,” she said.

Arrangements will be announced by the Saugatuck Chapel, Dykstra Funeral Homes, 520 Lake St..

For more information, visit dykstrafuneralhome.com.

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