Dear Editor,

Capac lost a great citizen with the passing of John Grzyb on October 11. A great, loving, caring and devoted husband of 53 years to Sandy, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who would never be listed in any “who’s who” of Michigan, but to the Village of Capac, he will always be a noted citizen. At retirement age many seniors leave the working world, and become part of the senior “me” generation, just enjoying retirement life. Not John. Elected to the village council as president leading Capac for eight years. Perhaps more important taking the reins of the Capac Community Historical Society leading it through some tough financial times due to the “Great Recession” of 2007-08 keeping the Society going on an even tilt. With our main funding Choice One dividend, good work by John has left us in good financial shape for the future. Always there to plug a hole, or do whatever necessary to keep things in order was John, never needing to be asked. We of the Society will miss him. Our executive board will keep his legacy going.

One big missing part though is YOU. New members bring new ideas and vitality to any organization, so consider joining to keep alive John’s goals of keeping alive history in the Capac area. If we don’t keep history alive it dies and along with it all our pasts.

I was honored to have known John for 60 plus years from catechism at St. Nicholas through Capac High School. John served proudly in the U.S Navy from 1968-71. I went to college, so we lost touch, but in later years meeting each other in town occasionally. Joining the Historical Society we rekindled our friendship as though no time had passed. Elected to the Board of Directors of the Society, I worked with John and the Board to progress the Society. Along with John’s family, I will miss John deeply. Thinking of our loss, I repeat, “Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let Perpetual Light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in Peace.” Amen.

— David Naeyaert