Jay (J.T.) Aldridge passed away peacefully at his home in Clio, Michigan on April 18, 2021. He was 77.
Jay was born on March 16, 1944 to the late James and Irene (Sherman) Aldridge. After graduation from Flint Central High School, class of 1963, he began his career at the local Buick plant of General Motors. Over the next 36 years, he held a number of positions including production, foundry, skilled trades (Machine Repairman), and union leadership roles. None gave him more pleasure than the friendships he made working in Plant 10. Jay retired in 1999.
Jay married the love of his life Peggy (Walker) on November 7, 1964. Together, they celebrated 57 wonderful years of marriage. They raised their family in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Post retirement, they moved to Rudyard, Michigan where Jay built a home on one of his favorite hunting areas. He returned to the greater Flint area (Clio) in 2014 to be nearer to family and friends.
Jay was a lifelong sportsman. Time in the woods, on the water, or afield were important to him. Later in life, he took up golf which provided him additional opportunities to be where he loved - outdoors. A consummate craftsman, Jay usually had a project to build or something to fix. Building a home, whittling a wood carving, or lending a hand to a family member or friend in need were commonplace.
Jay and Peggy enjoyed traveling and he especially loved their winters in the Tampa Bay, Florida area where they built many endearing friendships with other snowbirds.
Jay was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ivan Middleton, sister Juanita Daly, and sister-in-law Zelda Middleton. He will be forever loved and missed by his wife Peggy; his two daughters Lisa (Ed) Merriam, and Jay-Lynne (Dave) Williams; five grandchildren Chris, Madison, Matt, Sydney, and Paris; nephews, nieces, cousins, extended relatives, and numerous friends.
Given the times, the family has requested no services. In lieu of memorial donations, the family asks that you please thank a hospice worker if ever the opportunity arises. These people are truly angels amongst us. Bless you Sara and the entire McLaren Hospice team.
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