William Achille Paret Sr., was born on October 27, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan; son of the late Alois and Lucille (Sumner) Paret. He grew up in Detroit and later Harper Woods, Michigan. Attending St. Catherine’s High School, he met his soon to be wife, Shirley Ann Grimshaw. They were married in February 12, 1955 at Our Lady of Good Counsel. Their journey began. Bill enlisted in the United States Army and was deployed to Stuttgart, Germany; Shirley joined him and their union was blessed with their first child, Bill Jr. After proudly serving his country, the couple returned to the States and made their home in East Detroit and later in Fraser. They were blessed with six more children, Kevin, Brian, Jeanine, Michele, Kathleen, & Colleen. Seven kids in less than 10 years! Bill was hired by Fisher Body/General Motors as a toolmaker and soon after he became an Engineer this afforded him a great life which allowed him to travel to G.M. production plants throughout the U.S. and Canada. During this time, he used his hobby skills as a cameraman to shoot and edit a short film of an assembly line at the Oshawa Canada automotive assembly plant; and won him awards with the Michigan Movie Makers. This award was brought to the attention of his managers in the Production Engineer Department at the General Motors Tech Center in Warren, Michigan; which then, earned him a job offer in the Video Department. Bill became a Producer of Film & Video for the Fisher Body Production Engineering Department. In 1987, he retired from General Motors after a successful career.
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Bill loved the Lord and was a devote Catholic; and was one of the founders of St. Athanasius Catholic Church of Roseville. Bill spent countless hours devoting and dedicating his time where needed at church to serve the Lord. He was one of the 8 original Ushers at St A’s serving as President for years. Bill loved his family more than anything and provided them with love, nourishment and wisdom. He enjoyed learning about his family ancestry, telling a good joke and laughing. Bill looked forward to spending the winter months with his wife in Florida where they shared many memories. He lived his life with purpose and love. His compassion and love he extended to others was a blessing to all.
After courageous battle with Covid, Bill, with his loving family by his side, went home to heaven on January 6, 2021 and has now won victory with his Lord and Savior. Although we grieve his passing, we know that Bill has left us for a better life free from all pain and care. We are all eternally thankful for our Patriarch, William Achille Paret Sr., who taught us to be more loving and genuine to people by the life he led. Bill’s light will continue to shine in the hearts of those that he has left behind.
Bill is the beloved husband of 65 years to Shirley (Grimshaw); Dearest father of Brian (Vicki) Paret, St. Clair, Jeanine (Kevin) Diener, Clinton Twp., Michele Kelley, Fraser, Kathleen (David) Gunthner, Roseville, Colleen (Paul) Hollowaty, Roseville, and the late William A. Paret Jr., and Kevin Paret; Cherished grandfather of Eric Richard Diener, James Mathew Diener, Breanne Kathryn (Paret) Weatherford, Sarah Elizabeth Paret, Jacquelyn Susanne (Paret) Perry, William Achille Paret III, Sean Allen Kelley, Anthony Jacob Gunthner, Brian Michael Paret II, Kevin Richard Paret Jr., Meagan Ann (Kelley) Papineau, Krysten Marie (Diener) Isabell, Allison Marie (Paret) Grashik, David Richard Paret, Kenneth Richard Paret, Derek Austin Paret, Ryan William Gunthner, Rachel Helen Gunthner, Ian Stuart Hollowaty and Sean Paul Hollowaty; Adored great grandfather of Logan Paret, William Diener, Dylan Kelley, Grace Papineau, Isabella Diener, Luka Hayden, Jackson Kelley, Jane Grashik, Kevin Paret III, Jacob Isabell, Charlotte Perry, Eliana Paret, Lucas Isabell, Roslyn Grashik, Ryan Kelley, Vivienne Diener, Lilu Gunthner, Londyn Perry, Cecelia Diener, Grayson Paret and the late Victor Diener; and dear brother of Margaret (Robert) Groves, James (Linda) Paret, Jane (Steve) Boscarino and the late Mary Lothamer.
Visitation at Faulmann & Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home of Fraser on Thursday from 4pm – 8pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Isidore Catholic Church of Macomb on Friday at 12Noon with visitation starting at 11:30am. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery with full military honors. Share memories with family at Faulmannwalsh.com