It is with heavy hearts and
crying eyes that we have to announce that we
lost our President and dear friend Chuck
Brockman today. He is now welcomed into
heavenly arms and with his wife Scotty (Margarite).
Chuck's obituary will read:
Charles (Chuck) Brockman died March 1st,
2015 at his home on Harsens Island. He was
born May 28th, 1934.
Mr. Brockman was born and raised in Mount
Clemens and worked in the Macomb Daily
newspaper composing room for 34 years,
semi-retirering in 1999, he continued to
write the boating column for the paper until
Serving in the Army from 1954-56 in Munich,
Germany he traveled extensively in Europe.
He was predeceased by his wife of 30 years
Margarite, his father, Harvey and mother,
Roma, sister Janet Grime and is survived by
a niece and three nephews.
An avid lifetime recreational boater, Mr.
Brockman cruised to many destinations in the
Great Lakes and called Lake St. Clair his
home port. Taking delivery of their last
boat in New York, they brought it back
through the Hudson River and Erie Canal to
the Great Lakes treating the cruise as a
Mr. Brockman was the founder and ONLY
President of Save Our South Channel Lights,
heading the organization efforts to restore
the historically important lighthouses in
Lake St. Clair.
Memberships in organizations include: Lake
St. Clair Save Our South Channel Lights, The
Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association,
Harsens Island/St. Clair Flats Association,
Michigan Lighthouse Alliance, Idle Hour
Yacht Club, North Star Sailing Club, Great
Lakes Maritime Institute, The
Detroit Historical Society, Mount Clemens
Elks, Nautical Mile Merchants Association,
and the Old Crowd.
Loving a bit of adventure, he also like to
fly in large and small planes of every type,
including parasailing and sail planes.
At the age of 71 Mr. Brockman did a
successful tandem sky dive saying it was
something he always wanted to do.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
Save South South Channel Lights
Cremation arrangements were entrusted to the
Will & Schwartzkoff Funeral Home in Mount
Clemens and no services will be held. For
any additional information on contributions
to SOS Channel Lights you may call (586)
242-6047 Kathy Brady, Gary Strobel (586)
698-8957 or Deb Strobel (586) 698-8958.
We lost a great man, a role model and mentor
today. Rest assure, the light restoration
project will continue in his and his
families honor. We will honor Chuck at this
years Annual meeting April 25th at MacRay
Chucks favorite poem;
"As daylight fades and shimmering crystals
surround me, I hear the advance then retreat
of never ending seas and in the distance I
faintly see the outline of my purpose, for
mine is to guide.”
May his spirit and his lighthouses forever