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James J. Fahrner

July 21, 1951 July 28, 2017
James J. Fahrner
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Obituary for James J. Fahrner

James “Jim” J. Fahrner, a resident of Brighton and a former resident of Novi, died quietly on July 28, 2017, following a fall at his home.

Jim was born on July 21, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, the third child of nine to Bill and Frances Fahrner. He grew up in Bloomfield Hills and following graduation from Brother Rice High School, Jim studied finance and computers at Eastern Michigan University. A passion for finance and a strong work ethic enabled Jim to know great success in his career as a chief financial officer for several local companies. He enjoyed his work so much so that he tried to retire many times but always found his way back to numbers. Jim was loyal, resilient and honest with his work, often the quiet hero of a struggling company or a challenging business situation. Following his final retirement from Algal Sciences last year, Jim found joy in volunteering at the local senior center to help low-income seniors with their taxes and working on the finance committee of the First Presbyterian Church of Brighton.

Jim met the young Joan Wasson while attending Eastern Michigan University in the dormitory cafeteria where they both worked. Possessing a gentle soul and a calm and quiet demeanor, Jim complimented Joan well and after a short courtship, the couple married on August 5, 1972. Jim and Joan made their home in Novi and together raised two daughters, Julie and Colleen. Jim was an exceptional father, always supportive without judgment and raised his girls to be strong, independent women. Ever patient and level-headed, Jim was often the calming influence and buffer in a home full of women. Jim found balance from his career and busy family as an avid and accomplished marathon runner and was a member of the local running club, the Novi Trackers. The family created lifelong friendships with like-minded individuals from their church, Faith Community in Novi. A special group of these friends, calling themselves the “Friday Nighters”, have remained close for over twenty five years, becoming a family to one another. In 2002, Jim and Joan moved to Brighton where they built new friendships and became active in the community. They have been blessed to have their two daughters and granddaughters close by.

Jim was a man of few words with a quiet sense of humor, but he knew how to have a good time. Faced with several health challenges, Jim lived life to the fullest and even with his failing health, he remained dignified and took it all in stride. Jim loved to play golf and when he began to lose the ability to grip his golf club, a special friend crafted him a Velcro glove. The glove enabled Jim to continue playing with his church team over the years, even winning a few dollars in a skins game last week. In addition to playing golf, Jim was the greatest sport fan and devoted to his favorite Detroit Lions and Tigers teams, rarely missing a single game - whether as a season ticket holder or from the comfort of his favorite recliner.

A beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Jim will be dearly missed by all who knew him, especially Joan, his wife of 45 years; his loving daughters, Julie (Jason Bowren) Kane and Colleen (David) Struble; cherished granddaughters, Audrey and Jenna Kane; sisters, Nancy (Cecil) Meskill, Kathy Gore; brothers, William (Gwyn), David (Cyndie), John, Paul (Jane); father-in-law, Jack Wasson; brother-in-law, Gary (Cathy) Wasson as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, “Friday Nighters”, many dear friends and colleagues. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Frances; sister, Peggy Parvin and brother, Tom Fahrner.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 600 E. Main St., Brighton on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 2-8 PM.

A Funeral Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Grand River, Brighton on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 11 AM, with visitation beginning at 10 AM. Pastor Scott Phillips officiating. 

For further information phone Lynch & Sons, Brighton at 810-229-2905.

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2:00 PM 8/2/2017 2:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/2/2017 8:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Brighton

600 East Main Street
Brighton, MI 48116

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Brighton
600 East Main Street Brighton 48116 MI
United States





11:00 AM 8/3/2017 11:00:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church of Brighton

300 E Grand River Ave
Brighton, MI 48116

First Presbyterian Church of Brighton
300 E Grand River Ave Brighton 48116 MI
United States

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Muscular Dystrophy Association, Detroit area

950 Stephenson Hwy #209
Troy, MI 48083

First Presbyterian Church of Brighton

300 E Grand River Ave
Brighton, MI 48116

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