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A Legend of Marathon Canoe Racing - a quiet, wonderful man who set an example for all of us - has passed.
~ Obituary for Albert C. Widing ~
Albert C. Widing Sr., age 92, of Linden, died Jan. 11, 2018.
Funeral services will be held at Dryer Funeral Home, Holly on Mon. Jan. 15, at 1 PM with Pastor Daniel Ferraz officiating. Visitation will be from 11-1 before the service. Burial and military honors will be in Crestwood Memorial Cemetery, Grand Blanc.
Mr. Widing was born in Springfield, Illinois on Feb. 12, 1925 to Henry and Lillian (Jarvis) Widing. He is survived by 6 children, Carol Cowan of KS, Judy (Lonnie) Sedge of GA, Beverly (Richard) Rowbotham of Battle Creek, Albert (Linda) Widing Jr. of Linden, Galen (Kimberly Melton-Widing) of Fenton, and Brenda (Dennis) Puskas of Fenton; 16 Grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brothers Leroy Widing of OH and Henry Widing of Fenton. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy and brothers Florin, Patrick, and David.
Mr. Widing was a veteran in the US Navy during WWII.
He was a self employed builder, founder and member of the MCRA, Michigan Canoe Racing Assoc., and a professional canoer from 1956-2014. One of his many highlights was winning the 500 Mile Marathon, Texas Water Safari, he also loved traveling. Memorial donations may be made to the Michigan Canoe Racing Assoc.wwwdryerfuneralhomeholly.com
"Marathon committee preps for 2018"
From Up North Voice, by Mark Constance.
"GRAYLING – Members of the 2018 AuSable River Canoe Marathon volunteer committee met this week to discuss sponsorships for the event, as well as the AuSable Marathon Radio Network and the Spring kickoff.
"Attending the meeting were Marathon Grayling Chairperson @Heather Tait, Black Diamond Broadcasting President Mike Chires, Marathon Vice-Chair Brian Bearss, Social Media Coordinator Steve Southard and Oscoda Marathon Chairperson Justin Griffith.
"The concept behind the meeting was to improve the coverage of the marathon using traditional and social media by coordinating a volunteer team to assist on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, Snapchat and other social media outlets.
“'With help from the committee and other volunteers, we hope to offer greatly improved coverage of the Marathon through our growing social media network,' Southard said. 'We would like to say ‘Thank you’ to those folks.
" 98.5 UPS-The Station that Delivers, which is owned by Black Diamond, coordinated coverage of the event through 20 radio stations across the state and region. Chires said he expects coverage to expand.
“'We’re hoping to add more stations,' Chires said. 'We’ll tweak our coverage a bit and make it even better than last year. We’ll have a satellite phone and more people on the river, at the front and the back of the pack, in order to give the paddlers more exposure.'
"He said coverage will begin about 6 p.m. on July 28 in Grayling. The station will have regular updates till early Sunday afternoon, including the finish of the race itself." MORE - Follow the link below...
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