In memory of
Brower, Richard Rick Brower passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021 at home surrounded by family after having been diagnosed with cancer 18 months ago. Born in Detroit, Michigan on March 22, 1949, Rick was preceded in death by both his parents, Shirley Fournier and Byrl Brower. Rick is survived by his wife of 40 years, Claudette; his son, Alex (Mara); and his daughter, Kerry. Sisters Barb Statham (Rick) and Patty DeCenzo (Jim). He was a favorite Uncle Rick to many nieces and nephews on both his and his wife's sides of the family. He also leaves behind a large family of friends, to whom he was known as "The Big Mo", many of whom date from early childhood and high school. Rick trained as a Commercial Union Carpenter, and not one to be told what to do, transitioned to running his own remodeling company. A serendipitous request from a realtor friend to "take a look at a house" for a buyer led to a 36-year career of inspecting homes for prospective homeowners. His keen knowledge of home construction and mechanicals, along with his efficient and calm demeanor made him the preferred home inspector of many. Rick loved being outdoors, kayaking, birdwatching, gardening, watching sports, and attending Saturday Morning Physics. He particularly loved doing these things with his family and friends, ever eager to share his talents, joys, and passions with others. Invariably, he could be counted on to have "the biggest TV" and his and Claudette's home was typically filled with all his friends for potlucks on Michigan Football Saturdays; Rick set the main menu and took a spot in front of the grill where he cooked each item to the liking of each guest. He drew his joy from seeing happiness in those around him. Vaccinations made it possible for some of Rick's friends to visit on his last birthday. When asked if he was happy to see his friends, he said he was happiest to see how joyful others were to see each other after a year of quarantining. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date when gatherings can safely take place. In lieu of flowers, please consider dedicating a donation in Rick's name to Huron Valley Habitat for Humanity at h4h.org .
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