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Charles (Chuck) Winship MacKinnon, Jr.

Died March 13, 2024

Chuck was born in Detroit, Michigan October 27, 1941 to Charles and Marjorie Anne (Nettleton) Mackinnon and passed into the hands of God on March 13, 2024.

Chuck graduated Grosse Pointe High School (South) and attended Michigan State University.

He began his lifelong career in Financial Services in 1961 as a mail boy/messenger quickly earning additional responsibilities as Margin and Dividend Clerk.

Gaining knowledge from experience Chuck eventually joined Smith, Hague & Co., Inc. where he eventually became CFO and Associate NYSE Member. Upon the merger of SH & Co. with First of Michigan Corp. Chuck advanced to Sr. Vice President Cashier and C. O. O. Following the merger of F of M with a New York firm and coordinating the resulting data conversion Chuck joined Beacon Investment Co. in Ann Arbor as C.O.O.

Retiring from Beacon in 2003 Chuck along with his wife Leslie and daughter Saralyn moved to the Traverse City area. After remodeling their new home Chuck began a part time job with T.B.A. Credit Union where he spent the next 14 years prior to retiring again in 2017.

Chuck was an active member of the Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit since 1985 where he served on many committees and was President in 1993.

Most recently, Chuck’s volunteer activities have been directed toward Leelanau Christian Neighbors food pantry as well as participating in the Blessings in a Backpack program.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents his sister, Julie Siewinski, his aunt, Jane and mother-in-law, Judy Galloway.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 33 years Leslie; his daughters, Saralyn (Jesse Perkins), Laurie Murray, Kristen Ifkovits (Todd), and Cheryl Shrader; eight grandchildren; his sister, Nancy Brys (Dan) as well as his uncle, Ted MacKinnon.

Memorial contributions to the Old Newsboy’s Goodfellow Fund of Detroit would be an appropriate tribute.

Arrangements were handled by Life Story Funeral Home in Traverse City. A private burial was held at the Leelanau St. Mary’s Cemetery.