Al Shady

October 21st, 1945 to October 29th, 2005
Al Shady, 60, beloved husband and father, of Port Huron and Naples, Florida, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2005 in his home surrounded by his loving family, after a six month battle with cancer. He was born October 21, 1945 in Dearborn and had lived in the Port Huron-Marysville area since 1977. Al married Cindy Bednarz November 6, 1965 in Detroit. He was a graduate of Fordson High School, Dearborn. Al and Cindy came to Marysville in 1977 and opened the first Little Caesars Store there. During the next three years they opened three additional stores in the Port Huron area. They later moved a key person to Macon, GA to open four more stores. In 1985 Al entered into a partnership and opened eleven stores in North Carolina. During his business career Al sponsored many hockey, baseball, basketball, bowling and softball teams. His pride and joy was the "Little Caesars Modified Softball Team" which went to the Nationals seven out of ten years. That team was inducted into the Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. Al was very involved with the March of Dimes under the direction of Bob Gibbs and served on its Advisory Board. He was also instrumental in bringing the Gus Macker Basketball Tournament to Port Huron. He was an avid golfer, a member of the Port Huron Golf Club, chairing the Invitational Committee for several years; a member of The Strand Golf Club, Naples, FL and a member of the Port Huron Elks Golf Club as well as the Elks Lodge #343. He was also a member of the Beacon Society of Port Huron Hospital Foundation. Surviving Al are his wife of 40 years, Cindy; his daughters, Deborah Shady (Pat) Pearson of St. Clair, Lori Shady of Tampa, FL and Lynnette Shady of Port Huron; his son-in-law, Mike Pearson; his grandsons, Alec, Kyle, Cole and Zachary Pearson of St. Clair; his mother, Mary Shady of Dearborn; his brothers, Michael (Elaine) Shady of San Diego, CA and James Shady of Dearborn; his sister, Carol Coon of Sterling Heights; his brother-in-law, Fred (Nannette) Bednarz of Saginaw and his sister-in-law, Nancy (Tom) Buczynski of Southgate and many many loving friends and family. Al was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Emily, father-in-law Fred and brother-in-law Ron. Al"s funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Colonial Woods Missionary Church. Pastor Phil Whetstone will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Visiting hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home and Wednesday from Noon until the time of service at church. An Elks Lodge of Sorrow will be held at 7p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Pat Eagen, Ron Cooley, Mark Thorner, Bruce Soifer, Steve Draper and Bob Brewer. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael and James Shady, Pat and Mike Pearson Fred Bednarz, Gary Anderson, Walter Crosby, Rob Carson, Tom Bower, Carl Coon and his grandsons. Sympathy may be expressed by memorials to the American Lung Association. He taught us many things over the last few months for which we are so grateful. We learned how to balance hope with acceptance. He showed us the importance of laughing, as well as making others laugh, even in the most difficult times. We saw first hand how the relationships you build throughout your life are a beautiful reflection of the person you are. But most importantly, we learned not to be afraid, because we will all be together again one day. We are so proud of you. Love you forever -Your Girls For guest book and information, please visit

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