Obituary of Judson B. Alford III
September 11, 1941 - December 28, 2022
Judson B. Alford, III. Age 81 of Grosse Ile.
Beloved husband of Judy for 60 years. Loving father of Stephen (Tracy) Alford, Stacy (Todd) McGowan and Susan (Sean) Torrence. Dearest grandfather of Andrew (Rebecca) Alford, Emma Alford, and Beckett McGowan. Dear brother of Nancy (George) Nicholson.
Jud was a life-long islander, loving Grosse Ile and living on the water. Jud and Judy moved to Hickory Island in 1968 where they raised their family. Summers were filled with boating, one of his life-long passions. The family carries on that love of boating.
The family owns and operates Landscape Supply, Inc., a wholesale nursery distributor located in Taylor. He worked closely with his dad until his passing in 1963. Jud then ran the business with his mom. He took the business to the next level, beginning the transport of plant material from coast to coast. He brought rare and unique species to Michigan, which can now be seen throughout the southeastern portion of the state. He was active in the industry at-large, serving as President of the Michigan Association of Nurserymen in 1977. He continued to advise others in the industry long after his retirement in 1995. Today, son Steve is the third generation running the business.
Jud survived a 6-month hospitalization in 1995. These last 27 years have been filled with travel all over the world with Judy, settling for numerous winters in Taupo, New Zealand. He was a snappy dresser, never afraid of patterns, and found many additions to his vast wardrobe down under. He loved spending time with his friends and family, and the door was always open for a quick visit or a lengthy stay. No one was a stranger to him for long. He loved to putz around his yard and in his workshop, always finding projects that needed his particular attention.
Jud was very active in the Rotary Club, both on Grosse Ile and in Taupo. He was instrumental in fund-raising efforts and truly embodied ‘Service Above Self’.
Memorial Contributions are appreciated to St. James Episcopal Church, Grosse Ile.
Cremation will take place at The On-Site Crematory located within the Molnar Funeral Homes - Brownstown Chapel.
Officiant: Reverend Philip Dinwiddie
John Molnar, Sr. opened the Detroit Hungarian Funeral Home, now the Molnar Funeral Homes, in 1923. The funeral home began in his home until relocating across the street to it's Delray location at 8623 Dearborn Avenue, in 1936. He had a strong work ethic and believed that you should never stop learning...