Michigan Loses a Giant

by mobrian on January 10, 2009

Chief Paul Wilcox Battled Fire and Cancer

Chief Paul M. Wilcox, 66, a lifetime resident of Almont, passed away Thursday, January 8, 2009 at Lapeer Regional Medical Center.  He was born March 13, 1942 in Almont, the son of Reid and Thelma (Green) Wilcox.  He graduated from Almont High School in 1960.  He was a member of the Almont Fire Department for 44 years starting as secretary and moving up to assistant chief before becoming fire chief in 1986.  Mr. Wilcox was a builder and a state certified building inspector.

Paul was very active in fire service. On the local level he was past chairman for the Lapeer County Fireman’s Association, a member of Lapeer County Fire Instructor’s Association, served on the 911 committee, and was the Almont Twp. representative for Lapeer Co. EMS.  On the state level he was a previous President of Michigan State Fireman’s Association, joint council representative for Michigan State Fireman’s Association, state representative to the coalition, a member of the Arson Prevention Committee, member of Southeastern Michigan Fire Chief’s Association, State of Michigan Fire Chief’s Association, and a member of Fire Safe Foundation.  On the national level Chief Wilcox served as the Michigan state representative and member of the board for the National Volunteer Fire Council, was a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the International Fire Arson Investigator’s Association.

Visitation will be held Saturday, January 10, 2009 from 3-8 pm and Sunday, January 11, 2009 from 1-8 pm at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Almont.  Funeral services will be held Monday, January 12, 2009 at 3:30 pm at the Almont Middle School, 4624 Kidder Road, Almont.  Burial will be made in Ferguson Cemetery in Almont.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michigan State Fireman’s Memorial Fund in Roscommon, c/o Almont Twp. Fire Department P.O. Box 159, Almont, MI  48003.  To share your thoughts with family and friends, visit www.MuirBrothers.com for an online guest book.

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