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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 11:32 AM
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Frederik Meijer dies at 91 (family founded Meijer grocery chain)
Edited on Sat Nov-26-11 11:33 AM by UrbScotty
Source: WOOD

Frederik Meijer, prolific West Michigan philanthropist and long-time chairman of Meijer grocery-discount stores, has died.

He was 91.

According to an statement from Meijer Corp., Frederik Meijer passed away Friday evening at Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids after suffering a stroke in his home in the early morning hours.

Funeral arrangments are expected to be announced on Saturday or Sunday.

Read more: http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local/grand_rapids/frede...



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NBachers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 12:15 PM
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1. I used to shop at Meijer's Thrifty Acers when I lived in Kalamazoo
Edited on Sat Nov-26-11 12:50 PM by NBachers
Sounds like a life well lived. I have no problem with the money he made.
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:05 PM
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2. As capitalists go, he was was certainly one of the better ones. RIP.
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 03:53 PM
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3. Old-fashioned conservative: Worked hard, was honest, gave much to the community.
You know, the kind of Republican that has completely ceased to exist.

Glad Bill Milliken is still with us. There's not many decent Republicans of a bygone era left.
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JitterbugPerfume Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 06:06 PM
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4. one of my favorite places is
Meijers Gardens in Grand Rapids Michigan . The sculpture gardens are just beautiful.I go there every chance I get. Thank you Fred Meijer, RIP
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 07:49 PM
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6. The butterfly exhibit is the best.
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Johnny2X2X Donating Member (356 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 07:36 PM
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11. I went there
The 1st year they had the butterflies. Fred was one of a kind and Grand Rapids will miss him dearly.
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European Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 07:22 PM
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5. A hard driving capitalist atheist from the land of Amway and ...
Betty Ford--Strange place this West Michigan.
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 10:00 PM
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8. We certainly have it all! LOL
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Psephos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 08:24 PM
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7. A true son of Michigan...and thank you again for the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail.
Acquired, developed, and endowed for perpetual maintenance by the Meijers, the Heartland Trail is a journey into the essence of Michigan.

http://www.meijer.com/content/content_leftnav_manual.js...



R.I.P.
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 11:37 PM
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9. There's number three...
Maggie Daley, Jeno Paulucchi (Jeno's Pizza Rolls) and now Fred.

And Dick Cheney's battery-powered sump pump keeps on pushing the slush...
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Johnny2X2X Donating Member (356 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 07:42 PM
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12. What?
What the hell is that supposed to mean? Fred Meijer mentioned with Dick Cheney. Perhaps you should read about Fred's life and learn a little but about what a remarkable, humble, and generous man he was.
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:36 PM
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13. Let me explain.
it was an illustration in contrasts.
Decent man like Fred Meijer dies.
Piece of shit like Dickhead Cheney keeps living.

Do you understand now, or do I need to type it slower?
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Johnny2X2X Donating Member (356 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 07:33 PM
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10. Incredible man
Fred was one of a kind and loved people. He never thought he was one lick better than anyone and never treated anyone like he was. Fred and his wife still lived in the modest home they built in 1967 not far from where I grew up. They were billionaires, but Mrs. Meijer could never leave her prized rose bushes for a bigger house. Fred didn't need to flaunt his money and was happy to give help to so many causes.

Our town of Grand Rapids has been home to 3 Billionaire families and Meijer has given as much as anyone, but he always did it with humility and little fanfare. The other 2 families would have huge PR campaigns whenever they donated anything and would always insist that their family name be on anything they gave to no matter what portion of it they paid for. While the other families have done much for Grand Rapids and we are very thankful there is a general impression here that Fred Meijer was much more sincere in his philanthropy.

RIP to a good man and a friend to anyone who ever met him.
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