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Harold James Fairbrother

December 20, 1945 - April 11, 2021



Harold James Fairbrother of Cadillac passed away Sunday afternoon, April 11, 2021. He was 75.

Harold was born December 20, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan to Harold and Matilda Fairbrother and they preceded him in passing.

He was a truck driver for over 20 years before owning and operating Birchwood Resort and Campground with his wife, Pat. Harold enjoyed the campground and was always staying busy with projects.

Harold loved to go fast with anything that had a motor or wheels. He was also methodical and patient, taking a step back to access a project or problem. He enjoyed trips out west, four-wheeling, motorcycle trips on his Gold Wing and woodworking.

On December 7, 1979 in Romeo, Michigan he married Patricia Yax and she survives him along with sons: Jeff Fairbrother of St. Clair Shores, Michael Fairbrother of Shelby Township, P.J. Fairbrother of Rochester Hills; grandsons, Alex Fairbrother, Phoenix Fairbrother, Fox Fairbrother; and his nephew, Tim Steinbrink of Sterling Heights and many loving friends and family.

Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation ( An online guestbook is available at

Guest Book

  • Jeff and Penny Reed - Apr 12th, 2021 3:32 pm

    "So sorry for your loss Pat and family. Camp won’t be the same 😢"

  • Leslie Bennett - Apr 12th, 2021 3:44 pm

    "We are so sorry for your loss ma!!! We love you so so much!! He is no longer suffering!! 💕"

  • Rob & Jan Dillon - Apr 12th, 2021 3:46 pm

    "We have very fond memories of our time at Birchwood Resort. We always looked forward to Harold dropping off our popcorn on Saturday."

  • Barbara Bell - Apr 12th, 2021 3:53 pm

    "Sending my love to all of you. Jimmy was a wonderful cousin. My sisters and Bob have all mentioned that to me over the last few days. Pat you were a very good caretaker for him during this awful disease. He was lucky you were there. Jeff, Michael and PJ - cherish your memories of you time with him. "

  • Vicki Hare - Apr 12th, 2021 4:23 pm

    "Sorry for your loss, it's very hard to lose someone. RIP Harold🙏"

  • Gregory Rist - Apr 12th, 2021 5:53 pm

    "He's riding in the clouds . Maybe with my Dad .❤ let's toast them both soon ! 🍻"

  • Ron Routh - Apr 13th, 2021 5:51 am

    "Praying for you Aunt Pat and all the family during this time. Love you. "

  • Gary & Jan Giem - Apr 13th, 2021 8:45 am

    "We are so sorry to hear of Harold's passing. A great guy who will be missed by all. Our deepest sympathy to Pat and family."

  • Dorothy-Jo Racicot - Apr 13th, 2021 10:33 am

    "I'm so sorry for your loss. I will always remember your trip to Texas where he got into the fire ants. Love you."

  • Marianne Boughner(Weideman) - Apr 13th, 2021 10:45 am

    "So sorry for your loss "

  • Ron Racicot, Sr. - Apr 13th, 2021 1:33 pm

    "What a beautiful story for such a beautiful man "

  • Bill & Debbie Hodge - Apr 14th, 2021 5:24 am

    "So sorry to hear this. Our deepest sympathy to the whole family 💙 RIP Harold 🙏"

  • Bob and Janie Makowski - Apr 14th, 2021 9:15 am

    "Pat we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers for your family. We were blessed to have spent some time in Cadillac and getting to know Harold. Hugs, Bob and Janie Makowski "

  • Leo and Cheryl Racicot - Apr 15th, 2021 1:51 pm

    "Our love is with you during this sad and difficult time for you and all your family. May the years of memories shared with Harold bring you comfort. Love Leo and Cheryl"

  • Dolores ( dee ) Lamphere - Apr 18th, 2021 9:57 pm

    "To my very Dear Cousins, Jeff and Michael, their Stepmother and my Uncle Jimmy’s wife Pat, their half-brother PJ, And to all who knew and loved my Uncle Jimmy - I am so very sorry for your loss. I will always remember my Uncle Jimmy as such a kind and loving soul. Keeping you and yours in my thoughts and prayers across the miles. With Love, Always, Dolores ( dee ) Lamphere "

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