February 8, 2021
Friend of the Community Foundation, Shirley F. Russell, and mother of our Board trustee, Donna Kuhr, recently passed away.
She was born July 18, 1944 to the late Ernest and Opal Anglin. Shirley attended Oral Roberts University; and was a lifelong servant to “Her Sweet Jesus”.
Shirley helped start PTM Corporation with her late husband Charlie, she raced cars at Mount Clemens Racetrack and also in the 80’s raced for the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA). Shirley worked for Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL in the transportation department. She loved being on her farm with her tractors and trucks. Shirley was best described as a beautiful, tenacious, outgoing, outspoken woman, a follower of Christ and was considered as “mother” to many. Shirley always had a door open anytime for anyone and a giving heart to serve everyone she came into contact with. She loved her children, grandchildren, extended family and friends and Jesus Christ.
February 8, 2021
We are saddened by the loss of Foundation donor and friend, Everett D. “Pete” Vincent.
He was born February 20, 1924 in Port Huron to the late Everett and Lorena Vincent. He married Mary Jane Pattison on May 13, 1946 in Grace Episcopal Church, Port Huron. They were married for 70 years before her death in 2016.
Pete graduated from Port Huron High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean. He was a graduate of Central Michigan University and his career in the Boy Scouts of America took him and Mary to many residences around the country and in France.
He is survived by his brother, Ted (Sharon) Vincent of North Street; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his step-father, Frederick G. Vincent; his brother, Donald (Beverly) Vincent and sister-in-law, Nancy (Lee) Hool.
Pete and his wife Mary Jane created a scholarship fund through their trust- making a planned gift. Pete was a physical education major from Central Michigan University and wanted local students pursuing a similar degree to have an opportunity for a scholarship. The Community Foundation is honored to care for their hard earned funds and distribute awards each year as a charitable legacy benefiting local graduates.
Jnauary 29, 2021
The Foundation is saddened by the loss of our friend- entrepreneur and world traveler Allen Stevens.
Born in Port Huron, Allen grew up along the St. Clair River with his brothers, LeRoy and Robert, and many friends, where he gained his adventurous spirit. He went on to graduate from the University of Michigan School of Engineering and Harvard Law School.
Allen’s fascination with container shipping led him into his early career with Sea-Land Services, and continued throughout his time working with Malcom McLean and McLean Industries. Stevens Industries and his many ventures over the years expanded on his love of transportation and travel, as he invested not only in ships, but also trains, buildings and hotels.
He was best known locally for his involvement with Bluewater View, a first of its kind luxury condominium development overlooking the St. Clair River in Port Huron. Bluewater View was particularly close to his heart because he was working in partnership with his son Spencer and the building was designed by his brother Lee. Along with Bluewater View, Allen was also Founding Partner of Club Quarters, developing 18 hotels across two continents. He also enjoyed his Directorship with Subsea 7, a subsea engineering, construction and services company.
When not building ships, hotels and buildings, Allen’s first true love was his family. Allen married Jane Ann Muschamp, and together they had two children, Sarah and Spencer. Allen is preceded in death by Jane in January 2012. For the past several years, Allen was fortunate to find Candia Fisher, who shared his love of travel and adventure. Allen also gained a son-in-law in Sarah’s husband, Sam Hoyle.
Allen will surely be missed by all who knew him and remembered for his adventurous spirit and contributions to the community.
January 22, 2021
The Foundation is sad to say goodbye to our friend and committee member David Korff.
Korff was a champion for the arts. He served many years on the Community Foundation’s Blue Water Arts Committee and was a founding member of the Port Huron Art Initiative. He also served on the Boards of the International Symphony and Port Huron Museum.
An artist himself, his work has been featured in many galleries and museums, as well as private collections. But it was likely his passion for education that touched lives the most. As a beloved teacher, he taught his students to view the world through the eyes of artists and appreciators. He was also Chairman of the Art Department at Lambton College, Sarnia, Ontario and later, Chairman of Visual and Performing Arts at SC4.
Korff believed that communities are strengthened and enriched by creative thought, one individual at a time, joining together and giving back. He will surely be missed and remembered for all that he invested into our local arts community.