Public visitation for Mike Ilitch to be held on Wednesday; memorial display at Comerica Park starts Monday

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By @MichaelCaples –

The Ilitch family announced tonight the details in which people can pay their respects to the late Mike Ilitch.

There will be a public memorial display at Comerica Park starting tomorrow at 1 p.m., and there will be a public visitation at the Fox Theatre Grand Lobby on Wednesday.

“To everyone who has so graciously remembered Mike Ilitch, we extend a heartfelt thank you,” Chris Ilitch said in a statement. “The volume of condolences and kind wishes overwhelms us, and we appreciate it more than words can express. We know that he would’ve been touched by the outpouring of support, especially from this community that he so loved. We will miss him tremendously, and we are grateful, humbled and comforted to know that his lifetime was filled with well-lived moments.”

From the release:

Beginning February 13 at 1 p.m. – Public Memorial Display at Comerica Park

Beginning Monday, February 13 at 1 p.m., community members are invited to share memories or write messages of condolence on a temporary, public memorial site to be organized outside of Comerica Park, near the “Big Tiger”.  Memorial sentiments will be saved and shared with family.

February 15, Noon – 8 p.m. – Public Visitation at the Fox Theatre Grand Lobby

Mr. Ilitch will lie in repose for a public visitation on Wednesday, February 15, from noon – 8 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the historic Fox Theatre. Community members are invited to the lobby of this national historic site that Mike and his wife Marian fully restored and established as the world headquarters of Little Caesars in 1989.

Free parking will be available in the Fox Garage and the surface lots in front of Comerica Park.

The Ilitch family will be holding a small, private service for close friends and family in the coming days. In lieu of flowers, the Ilitches have asked for donations to be made to charitable causes special to the family:


Ilitch Charities

The Detroit Red Wings Foundation

The Detroit Tigers Foundation



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