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John "Jack" E. McAvoy, Jr.


John "Jack" E. McAvoy, Jr.

Age 86 of Williamsburg, Passed away Friday, July 22, 2022 at Munson Hospital in Traverse City with his wife and loving family by his side.

Jack was born September 29th, 1935 to John and Albina (Yaklin) McAvoy in New Haven Twp. He graduated from Chesaning High School and attended Mott Community College and Michigan State University.

On April 23rd, 1960 he married Rosalie John, and together they shared 62 years of marriage and raised 3 children.

Jack worked for 35 years as a successful insurance agent from Farm Bureau along with Max Tait in the McAvoy-Tait Agency in Owosso.  He then moved to Williamsburg and together with Owosso resident Phil Welch, started Michigan Lake Products as co-owner and President with locations in Elk Rapids and Indian River.

Jack was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Owosso, Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, and Regional Vice President of Michigan State Association of Life Underwriters.  He was also a member of Christ The King Church in Acme, Elk Rapids Rotary and Traverse City Home Builders Association.

Jack loved being with his family, time spent at the lake, and his many fishing and hunting trips.  He always had a great story to tell to anyone who would lend an ear.  He is survived by his wife Rosalie, son Greg (April) McAvoy of Traverse City, daughters Julie (John) Wilkins of Owosso and Debbie McAvoy and friend Mark Green of Hubbard Lake,  grandchildren Ashley (Rocco) Castiglione, Zach Wilkins, and Rhiannon McAvoy, two great-grandchildren, Mia and Luca Castiglione who adored their "Papa Jack", brothers Allen of Belmont, Richard (Patricia) of Lansing and Michael (Andrea) of Waterford.

He was predeceased by his parents, brother Gerald McAvoy and sister Joan Potter.

A mass of Christian burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Owosso and with the Father Michael O'Brien officiating.  The burial followed by St. Paul Cemetery.  The family received friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home in Owosso from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, August 1, 2022 with a rosary prayed at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul Catholic Church in Owosso, Christ the King Catholic Church in Acme, St. Jude, or your favorite charity.


Indian River Staff

Over 30 years ago, Phil Welch and Jack McAvoy along with their wives recognized that vinyl dock products had a great future along the lakes and riverbanks of Northern Michigan.  They began operations in a small building and pioneered the design and fabrication of vinyl dock products.  They soon found that engineering and fabricating Brock Dock was exactly what they thought it would be...a business that people needed all over Northern Michigan.

Today, Michigan Lake Products is still a family owned business with two locations in Indian River and Elk Rapids.  MLP has expanded its vinyl dock lines to include Gorilla Dock, and Classic Dock.  Also offered are a wide variety of dock accessories, most being designed and fabricated right here in Northern Michigan.  Along with their dock lines, MLP offers a wide variety of boat lifts and boat lift accessories.

MLP has expanded into the park and recreation markets with its patented ADA WALK Beach Walkway System and accessories.  Providing people with disabilities the ability to use and enjoy our public beaches all across this Great Nation.

Michigan Lake Products was and still is the Premier Dock Manufacturing Company in the North and continues to build on the reputation of making available high quality products with second to none customer service.  We service many lakes including Mullett Lake, Burt Lake, Lake Charlevoix, Walloon Lake, Crooked Lake, Elk Lake, Torch Lake, Lake Leelanau, and the Grand Traverse area,  just to mention a few.