This was published in the Macomb Daily, Macomb County, Michigan on 1-26-2007. Thought I would pass on the information.
John David Wolak 76, fondly known as "Johnny the Barber" of Warren, died Wednesday, Jan.24, 2007, in St. John Macomb Hospital Center, Warren. He was born in Detroit.
Mr. Wolak graduated in 1948 from Wilbur Wright High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served for four years during the Korean War.
While serving in the Marines, he developed an interest in becoming a barber. After he was discharged from the military, he went on to attend Greens Barber College.
He opened Johnny's Barber Shop in 1956, where he developed the nickname "Johnny the Barber." His shop was known as the kind of neighborhood gathering place where people would hang out and enjoy a cup of coffee as everyone was welcome at the shop.
A life member of American Polish Century Club and the VFW, he was also a member of Knights of Columbus and American Legion. He enjoyed staying busy with his business and clubs, but most of all loved spending time with his family.
His family said he will be remembered for always pulling out his bag of tricks and playing cards with his family.
Mr. Wolak is survived by his wife and best friend of 53 years, Alice; daughter, Yolanda Johnson (Robert Henkel); granddaughters, Tanya Johnson and Corrie Johnson; great-granddaughter, Kindal Matthews; and siblings, Ted Wolak, Steve (Mary) Wolak, Ann Paczas and Bernice (Al) Olejniczak.
He was predeceased by his father Peter Wolak; and mother Rose Bielet.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover (at Common), Warren, with the Rev. Jerry Wienzierl officiating. Visitation is 3-9 today.
Memories may be shared with the family at www.temrowski.com