Leland Joseph DuBuc [“Lee”] passed away unexpectedly, surrounded by his loving family, on August 27, 2022. Lee was 72 and is survived by daughters Mandy Robin Hood, Charity Kristin (James) Kenney and son Andrew Leland DuBuc as well as grandchildren Alexandra Hood, Gaje Turja, Leif Turja, Darren Hood, Hnoss Turja, August Casteel, Song Turja and Tru-Sol Turja. Lee is also survived by his brother Keith DuBuc, Carolynn Mackey-Coots, mother of his children and close friend and numerous family members. He is predeceased by parents Gloria and Leo DuBuc, a sister Cheryl (Michael) Cunningham.
Lee attended Washtenaw Community College, Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan, where he attained a degree in Communications as well as DJ’ing on the EMU student radio station. He loved music, guest-hosting on a late-night Blues radio program and could name any song/artist from the 1960s, ‘70s or 80’s; however obscure. After obtaining a degree in Social Work, Lee began his career as a therapist at Salvation Army Harbor Light treatment center. He subsequently worked at several Michigan hospitals.
Lee grew up in Allen Park and maintained several childhood relationships throughout his life. His student tenure at U of M was likewise the beginning of several decades-long friendships and he was known as a lover of puns, jokes, Rock N’Roll, the Detroit Tigers, the Blues and perhaps most of all-bulldogs. He loved and attended live musical concerts throughout his life, touched many lives and was like a father to many.
Lee lived in the Irish Hills on Iron Lake with his son, where his childhood cottage was, as well. As a child, Lee rowed across the lake Sunday mornings to serve as an altar boy at St. Joseph’s Shrine. He loved taking friends and family for long pontoon rides and pointing out details of the shrine’s “Stations of the Cross” on the lakeshore, as well as the surrounding wildlife.
Visitation will be held Thursday Sept 8th 4-7 pm and Friday, September 9th, 11 am – 12 noon at the Purse Martinez Funeral Home, 210 W Pottawatamie St, Tecumseh, MI 49286. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home; 12 noon, followed by a luncheon afterward at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 506 N Union St, Tecumseh, MI 49286.
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