Carlyle T. "Lyle" Latoff 1976-2005

Photo courtesy of the Osgood Funeral Home

Carlyle T. "Lyle" Latoff died June 26, 2005 at the age of 29, the result of an automobile accident. Lyle was born in Lansing, Michigan on Mary 31, 1976, the son of Joseph and Rebecca (Burns) Latoff. He was serving in the U.S. Army at the time of the accident.

Lyle, and his family, enjoyed many summers on the island and had been previous year 'round residents. He loved hunting and fishing and enjoyed restoring firearms. His quick grin will be long remembered by friends and family alike.

Surviving are his parents, Joseph and Rebecca Latoff of St. Johns, Michigan; brother, James (Ruth Back) Latoff of Royal Oak, Michigan; sister Rachael Latoff of St. Johns and grandparents, Carlyle and Betty Burns of Milford, Michigan.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 1, 2005 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns with the Rev. Father Ken McDonald officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday at the Osgood Funeral Home in St. Johns.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe, Becky, Jim and Rachael at this sad time.

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. McGinnity

On Saturday, June 25th, Larissa James and Patrick McGinnity exchanged wedding vows at the Whiskey Point lighthouse. While not the first wedding to be held with the light and beautiful Lake Michigan as the backdrop, it most likely was the first one where the bride arrived on a tug boat and after the ceremony the newly married couple departed the same way, making a short tour around the harbor. Larissa and Patrick are now on their way to Ireland for a two week honeymoon before returning to their summer jobs. Larissa is the daughter of JoAnn Pittman and Tom James and the granddaughter of Betty and Bob Pittman who now reside in Charlevoix. Patrick is the son of Pat and Mike McGinnity. Mike was the Physicians Assistant on the island for many years. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Farewell, Clyde

Saturday afternoon marked the memorial service for Clyde Fogg who entered heaven's gates on June 10, 2005. Although he sometimes came across as a gruff man, there are very, very few islanders who weren't touched by his kind and generous deeds. He didn't need to have his name shouted from the rooftops or engraved on beautiful plaques. He did what was needed when it was needed. How many realize that the church bell atop the Beaver Island Christian Church was one of Clyde's donations? On Saturday all those who knew and loved him gathered at the Fogg dock for a final farewell. The Beaver Island AMVET's did a formal salute with the Reverend Howard Davis saying a few words. Island Airways ended the tribute to Clyde with the fly-over in the missing man formation. Gracious hosts, the families of Clyde - Mike and Patti Fogg along with their children and Jon and Sally Fogg and their son and daughter-in-law offered guests delicious fare as the attendees reminisced about their dad. Clyde's grandson set off the cannon at the end of the dock as a final goodbye.

This year the 4th of July parade theme is "Peace and Democracy on Beaver Island" so get busy with that entry so that this years parade will be the best ever. Jet flyover approved by FAA subject to weather/operations. Island Air missing man flyover also. Cannon fire by John Works. Start at 2:00. Lisa will encee parade on the sound system. Parade floats etc should be lined up at Holy Cross Church no later than 1:30.

Theme is, Peace and Democracy on Beaver Island. Jet flyover approved by FAA subject to weather/operations. Island Air missing man flyover also. The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a skydive demonstration on July 4th over the harbor. Luther Kurtz and the team from Skydive Harbor Springs will jump at about 2:45 as the parade returns to main street. Plans call for red white and blue trailing smoke and an American flag as part of the exciting event. They will land at Drop Zone Beaver Island (the public beach). Folks will be ask to clear the beach for a few minutes for safety reasons. Weather permitting they will jump from two miles up.

They will do tandum jumps the following day July 5. Folks can sign up after the parade at the Chamber office. For more info 231 330-3483 or No experience is required because the tandem jumper is safely strapped to an experienced instructor.

What's Happening

To keep track of all the things happening on the island check out the Community Calendar link at the bottom of this page. If you have some special event you'd like everyone to know about let me know at least a week in advance so that I can post it.

I will be off-island on Wednesday and Thursday as I have to appear for jury duty in Charlevoix.