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Services set for Mike Fezzey of Huntington Bank

Brian J. O'Connor
Detroit News Finance Editor

Huntington Bank announced on Monday funeral arrangements for Mike Fezzey, president of the bank’s Eastern Michigan region and the former president and general manager of radio station WJR 760 AM. Mr. Fezzey, 58, died Friday while traveling on business in Florida.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 8 .m. Wednesday, with a half-hour prayer service at 5:30 p.m. at the A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 32515 Woodward, Royal Oak; (248) 549-0500. The funeral is 11 a.m. Thursday at Woodside Bible Church, 6600 Rochester Road North, Troy; (248) 879-8533. Church visitation begins at 10:30 a.m. A reception will be held afterward at the atrium of the Huntington Bank regional headquarters, 801 W. Big Beaver, Troy.

The family asks that donations of remembrance be sent to either Teen Challenge 440 E. Pontaluna, Muskegon, MI 49444 or Reaching Higher, 508 E. Grand River Blvd., Suite 300B, Brighton, MI 48116.

Mr. Fezzey was president and general manager of the powerhouse AM station when he abruptly switched careers into banking in 2011. Huntington valued Mr. Fezzey’s deep ties to the business and philanthropical communities in Metro Detroit.

Besides leading WJR, Mr. Fezzey also launched and ran Radio Disney Detroit programming for ABC. While at WJR, he earned the Peabody Award from the University of Georgia, the Neal Shine award for philanthropy in journalism and was honored, along with his wife, Suzy, with the 2010 John Dingell Heroes for Babies award.

In 2006 Mr. Fezzey was named to the Mentor Michigan Leadership Council by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, and earned an honorary doctorate from Central Michigan University.

Mr. Fezzey served on a number of boards including, Cornerstone Schools, New Detroit, the Children’s Center, Habitat for Humanity, The Detroit Economic Club, the Parade Company, For the Kids Foundation, Sweet Dreamzzz Detroit and Forgotten Harvest. He had also been chairman of the marketing committee of the Detroit Regional Chamber, and president of the Detroit Advertising Association.

He is survived by his wife and three adult children.