JOSEPH JAMES HILDEBRAND – LOVING HUSBAND, PAPA AND FRIEND cherished his family, supported Catholic education and was a supporter of the March of Dimes. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren's school events and all the sports in which they were involved. He loved hockey, and relished his sons and grandsons involvement in the sport. He was quite a fixture at the Birmingham and Troy ice rinks. He was surrounded by his family when he died peacefully at home on March 15, 2014.
Joe was born on September 10, 1934 to James and Mary Hildebrand. He graduated from Catholic Central High School where he played football and basketball and went on to get a Bachelors degree in Business from the University of Detroit.
He married Patricia Hildebrand in 1955, at Our Lady of Loretta parish, Redford Township, Michigan. He started his career at Excello then went on to WCAR Radio, WJBK Radio, then on to Mutual Broadcasting where he concentrated on Notre Dame football. He continued his career at NBC Radio, where he attended the Olympics, and then finished his career in radio sales at ABC Radio.
He and Pat developed long-standing friendships with the people in the Magnolia subdivision in Southfield, MI and St. Michael's Parish where his buddy and golfing partner, Father Al was the pastor.
Most important to Joe was his family. He and Pat had four children, Joseph, Timothy, Patricia and Mary. He had 2 daughter-in-laws, Pamela Martin and Judy Frasco and 2 sons-in-law, Timothy Dugan and Andrew Allen. He had 10 grandchildren as well. Tim, Sydney, Kathryn, Andy Jr., Kelsey, Blake, Joey, Abby, Kellie and the late Jimmy.
"Big Joe" was a mainstay at the Detroit Golf Club where he was a member for over 40 years. His passion was golf and he loved walking his 4 legged buddies Killer, Rocco, Maggie and Lucy.
Family will receive friends at A.J. Desmond and Sons Funeral Home (Vasu, Rodgers, and Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward Ave. (btwn 13-14 Mile) Royal Oak, Friday, March 21st 3:00 – 8:00 pm with Rosary at 7:00pm.
Funeral Mass, Saturday at 10:00am at Holy Name Church, 630 Harmon at Woodland, Birmingham, MI
Inurnment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, mausoleum in Southfield, MI
Memorials may be sent to Angela Hospice, 14100, Newburgh Rd., Livonia, MI 48154 or Angels' Place, 29299 Franklin Road, Suite 2, Southfield, MI 48034
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