Al and I had some contentious moments but as fellow curmudgeons we soon sorted our differences and became friends in private groups. Al was a peach of a guy and not many knew the depth of his knowledge. I’ve not cried over the passing of other fellows our age until it found this obit. I cried my way though his obit. Ride on Alan. If there’s a god and heaven Ahicks is in the first row.
This one really hurts. I didn't know him in person, but his erudite posts and general awesomeness got me to register for and participate in the forums. And I told him so. Al, thanks so much for all you contributed and for being an amazing human being - you will be missed.I had a feeling something was up. We've lost a good one! Rest in peace!!
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Alan D. Hicks of Waterford; age 72; passed away at home on August 28, 2023 after valiantly fighting a long battle with cancer; He was a lifelong resident of Waterford after moving to the township as a child. Alan was a loving partner to Carol Swayze for 18 years, brother to Jay Hicks, Jean (Don) Jones, Jerry Hicks, Marian (Mike) Axtell, Annie (Steve) Shearer and Don (Patti) Hicks. He was also a good friend to Carol’s children, Bill Swayze, Michael (Samantha) Swayze, Jennifer Swayze and Carol’s five grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents Howard and Margarete and sister Helen Hicks. Alan had a great sense of adventure and a zest for life. As a young man, he had a multitude of interests which included water skiing, snowmobiling, scuba diving and taking trips in a 26 foot sailboat on Lake Huron. Later, he decided he wanted to learn to fly and went on to build his own airplane. He even built his own house in Gaylord so he could enjoy his love of snowmobiling and riding ATV’s. In later years, when he decided he wouldn’t fly anymore, he joined a local flying club where he loved flying radio-control airplanes and also took up riding motorcycles. Motorcycling ended after an accident and Carol cooled on the idea. After retirement, Alan and Carol bought a motor home taking many wonderful trips and ultimately found a home in Florida officially becoming snowbirds. Alan loved Florida. He joined another flying club there and developed a passion for e-bikes which he rode almost daily. If you ever wanted to find Alan, he was usually in the garage either fixing or making something or possibly working in the garden. He will be deeply missed. Per Alan’s wishes, there will be no services. The family would love if you could share a special memory on the digital guestbook. For those who wish to express their sympathy with a donation, the family request donating to their favorite charity in Alan’s name.
I came across two of his posts yesterday. They were thoughtful, informative, and wise.