Michigan Credit Union Community Remembers Arthur Guimond
On April 10, Arthur Thomas "Chum" Guimond, of Saginaw Township, passed away at Meadow View Memory Care following complications due to Alzheimer’s Disease. A beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Guimond was surrounded by family when he passed.
Guimond was born to Arthur E. Guimond and Mary Ann (Seass) Guimond in Detroit on March 27, 1926. Two days after graduating from St. Francis De Sales High School in Detroit, he reported for duty in the U.S. Navy. Guimond served as a radarman on the U.S.S. Harry Taylor, a troop carrier, travelling all around the world. He was discharged on June 13, 1946.
On January 24, 1948, Guimond married Mary Lucy Tait, his "best friend, ever." He described her as "the most consistent and compelling influence in my life. I owe her so much for the happiness and joy that I've had for 50-plus years." Tait died on Oct. 7, 1999. He then married Carolyn Schmidt in Wyandotte on Sept. 1, 2001, who passed away in 2013.
After returning to Detroit from the Navy, he worked as an installer for Michigan Bell from 1947 to 1961. While at Michigan Bell, Guimond was asked to serve on the Board of Directors for Telephone Employees Credit Union (later Vibe Credit Union) and was the swing vote to re-affiliate with the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL).
MCUL invited Guimond to participate in training on the philosophy of credit unions and later asked him to join the Ethics Committee. Guimond later joined MCUL as a chapter representative, training credit union volunteers, engaging with the political process of the chapter and organizing new credit unions. During his tenure with MCUL, Guimond helped organize 25 Michigan credit unions. He retired from MCUL in 1990 as director of consulting services.
Guimond and Tait enjoyed travelling in retirement, visiting Mexico, Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands and many places in the United States. One of his most memorable experiences was building his "Shangri-La," a summer camp on Little Lake near Marquette. He built it on property he purchased from his mother's family, next to the campsite he had enjoyed since he was two years old.
Guimond was also active in the Saginaw community, coaching the St. Andrew flag football team, serving on the St. Andrew's Home and School Association and Parish Administration Committee, the Saginaw Diocesan Finance Council, as president of the Saginaw Big Brothers and vice president of the Saginaw Human Relations Commission. He was active in the Saginaw River Raft Race committee, the Saginaw Genealogical Society and the Saginaw Civitan Club.
He always enjoyed running, and participated in many races, including the Bay City St. Patrick's Day races and the Crim Ten Miler in Flint. In 1981, Guimond and his three oldest daughters completed the Detroit International Marathon. He was also an avid racquetball player at the Saginaw YMCA.
Guimond is survived by six children: Margaret (Bruce) Grathwohl of Naples, FL; Arthur (Jan) Guimond, Marie Guimond (Dave Tuskey) and Kathryn Guimond, all of Saginaw; Mark (Jeneese) Guimond of Grand Rapids; and Amy (Steve) Stagg of Okemos. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is survived by one sister, Littagale Barnes of Traverse City.
In addition to his wives, Guimond was predeceased by his brother, Howard and sister, Mildred; as well as a son, Gregory and a daughter, Mildred Kelly; granddaughter, Leslie Guimond; and grandsons, Andrew Beckman and Brian Guimond.
His entire family wishes to thank Meadow View Memory Care and the Green Community, and Homewatch Caregivers for their excellent and loving care over the years.
A celebration of Guimond's life will take place on May 27. Memorials may me made to the Greater Michigan Chapter. Please note that your gift is in memory of Arthur Guimond.
As he noted at the conclusion of his memoir, I Remember, "I can look back on an interesting and challenging youth, some memorable naval experiences, a highly fulfilling and wonderful marriage, outstanding children and grandchildren, close and continuing friendships, a successful professional career, community and church involvement. If I had to live my life over, I'd do the same things again."
He will be sorely missed.
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