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MacEACHERN JAMES HUGH "JIM" was born on October 29, 1956 in Detroit to Angus H. (Gillie) and Theresa MacEachern. Passed away on February 22, unexpectedly. Graduated from Holy Redeemer High school. He was employed by General Motors at the Fleetwood Plant and retired from the Poletown plant. Jim was an avid outdoors man; he loved to hunt and fish. He also loved playing cards, buying and selling cars and taking trips to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He always looked forward to his yearly trip to Barrett-Jackson auto auction in Scottsdale, Arizona with his brother, John. Jim was larger than life, he loved meeting people and they always remembered "Big Jim." His strength of character and integrity were second to none while he took pride in closing a deal with a handshake. Preceded in death by his father Angus (Gillie) MacEachern. Survived by his mother Theresa MacEachern, two sons Jordan and James, the love of his life Debbie Vettraino; sisters Peggy (Jim) Francisco of Michigan, Josie MacEachern of Florida, Margo (Scott) Higley of Minnesota, Tricia MacEachern of MN and his brother and best friend John MacEachern (Janet) of MN; nieces, nephews, his extended family (they regarded Jim as their father) Rachel Martino (Matt) of MI, Adrienne Nalu (Kevin) of MI, Ashley Vettraino of MI, plus their children who referred to Jim as "Papa," family, many longtime friends and relatives in Canada. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice. Funeral services will take place at Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home, 11280 32 Mile Road, Romeo, MI on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 7 p.m. with Fr. Jerry Kessel officiating. Visitation 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. Please share memories at

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Joe McDonald02/25/2013

To Mrs. MacEachern and family I would like to express my condolences and prayers on the loss of your son and brother. it has been alot of years since I seen Jim but I will keep him and your family in my prayers.

Margo MacEachern Higley02/25/2013

I will always love and miss my brother. He was many times referred to as "Big Jim a real character but he was our character with a big heart and a kind soul. Jim, rest in peace. Love, Margo

Rob Stewart02/25/2013

John/Janet and all of the MacEachern Clan Jenny and I just wanted to say we are very sorry for the loss of your beloved son and brother. I never met Big Jim but John shared many stories about him with us over the past few years. He sure did sound like a fantastic guy. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. The Stewart's

John Bonanno02/25/2013

I was saddened and shocked to learn my dear friend, Jim, had passed. I have known Jim for at least 35 years. He played a big part in my life. He is one of the reasons I love to hunt and fish. We spent many good times together, enjoying life and our youth. Although we lost touch in more recent years, I have many fond memories of Jim and I will miss him dearly. My prayers and thoughts are with all of Jim's family members. Your friend, John

tom moore02/25/2013

"big jim"took me and my son too his sacred hunting grounds a few times in the UP .I only seen him a couple of times since our sons graduated but when a man takes you too his hunting grounds and takes your son fishing with his boy he is a friend for "life"my heart breaks for jordan,james and miss debbie

John Edgar McKinnon02/25/2013

Pleae God to his dying hope. Conddolences to the family.

Connie and John Northrop/Ficklin02/26/2013

We are truly saddened by the loss of Jim, and so lucky that we got to meet such an incredible man. Our time with " The Big Hitter" at Barrett Jackson could never be outmatched. He made us laugh until our sides hurt, told amazing stories, and was a genuine great guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Connie and John

Mark Welch02/27/2013

I did not know Jim, but he is a Redeemer Brother, I graduated 71" Jim and his Family are now in my prayers. God Bless.

LISA FINDLAY02/27/2013

Wow, you always said we would meet again didn't think it would be this way. Just wanted to tell you that Jordan turned out to be an awesome Adult. Who would have thought we would be friends. R.I.P. Your in a better place with no pain. God Bless you...

LISA FINDLAY02/27/2013

WOW, You always said we would meet again, didn't expect it to be this way... Anyways just wanted to tell you what a awesome Man Jordan turned out to be. He really impressed me. Who would have thought we would be friends??? Any way your in a better place.. God Bless...

morgan stenberg02/13/2014

Papa Jim I want to say I really miss you and wish you were here rate now but you are in a better world know I will always miss you and cry a lot but at least I know you are with GOD and you have a better after life I can't wait to see you when it is time that GOD wants to take me but I will always love you forever and I know I won't be up there for a while my mom and dad and grandma Debby all miss you so vary much .I wish you could of been here for hunting season it was my first time going out. I went out with grandma and we hunted in your blind.Well the world does not know how much my papa means to me and you all know for the people that knew him that he had a vary strong soul and a vary good personality. He used to call my dad every night and my dad would put him on speaker phone so we could all here him. I really miss hearing his voice and not having him here for hunting season. When I found out he had passed away I was just hart broken I just really felt bad for my grandma Debby not having any one to live with in her house and all that kind of stuff. Well I have lots more to say but it will probably be a lot more pages longer so papa Jim all I want to say is Rest in peace RIP papa Jim

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