July 9, 2014 at 11:56 pm

David Page: Detroit attorney dedicated time, talents to charitable giving

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David Keith Page was the epitome of the word patriarch, a man who balanced the rigors of working for more than 55 years as a well-respected attorney withmeeting the needs of his family.

“He was the person everybody went to for advice, counseling, moral support,” said his son, Jason Page. “He was very even-keeled, kind. He was always willing to listen and give everybody his full attention.”

Mr. Page of Bloomfield Hills died Tuesday, July 1, 2014. He was 80.

Mr. Page was born Aug. 23, 1933, in Detroit. He moved as a child to Youngstown, Ohio, with his family.

Before returning to Detroit, Mr. Page earned an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a law degree from Harvard University, and attended the London School of Economics and Political Science on a Fulbright scholarship.

In 1958, Mr. Page joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, where colleagues considered him an integral part of the Detroit law firm. He most recently served as the firm’s charitable giving partner.

“David was tireless in his service to clients, to Honigman and to the community,” said Honigman Chairman and CEO David Foltyn. “He was a man of absolute integrity, moral commitment to do right and incredible judgment. He trained a generation of Honigman attorneys and we would not be the firm we are today without his enormous contributions.”

Mr. Page married Andrea Burdick in 1965 and the couple had three children, whom they raised in Bloomfield Hills.

Jason Page said his father instilled a strong work ethic in his children, but also made time for fun. Mr. Page played tennis with his sons, and the family took annual trips to favorite places including Hawaii and Saint Martin. Mr. Page also enjoyed antiquing in Italy with his wife.

He was involved in numerous nonprofit organizations including serving as chairman of the board of directors for Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, vice chairman of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and trustee on the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

“He became the measuring stick for what I tried to live up to,” Jason Page said. “It wasn’t just the work ethic with his job. It was all the charitable stuff he was involved with. From an early age, it was a little humbling and intimidating. He left some very big shoes to fill.”

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Page is survived by another son, Mark Page; his daughter, Sarah Leslie Page; and four grandchildren.

A funeral has been held. Interment was at Clover Hill Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, 3901 Beaubien, Detroit, MI 48201, or Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, 600 Renaissance Center, Suite 1720, Detroit , MI 48243.

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