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Victor Walbridge

Victor Walbridge

December 29, 1972 - February 10, 2020
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Obituary

Victor Edward Walbridge left the world the evening of February 10, 2020, at the age of 47.

He is survived by his wife Susie, daughter Lily, adopted son Emmett, parents Michael and Margaret, sister Kim (Joseph) Mancuso, niece Arianna, nephew Michael, in-laws Mark and Bernadette Hamilton, sister-in-law Megan (Joe) Madge, and brother-in-law Michael Hamilton. He was preceded by Phil, who left early to get a head start.

He also left behind an apparently endless chosen family comprised of friends new and old, past and current loves, enamored acquaintances, hangers-on, enemies, and confused on-lookers dazed by the exuberance and often times dark humor of what was undoubtedly the smartest guy in the room.

During his time here he had been an armchair historian, father, actor, musician, husband, foil, teacher, inspiration, boogeyman, life-long student, lawyer, writer (winning two Hopwood writing awards, only tying but not beating the record set by Arthur Miller, a fact with which he was never satisfactory resigned to), and friend to multitudes.

He made many mistakes. He did wrong. He enlightened. He taught. He was a lover of attention who never failed to focus his complete and total attention on a friend in need.

In the end he was a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside a worn leather jacket, that was also an enigma.

Victor took his own life after a lifelong battle with depression and PTSD. He stayed with us as long as he could. He will not, and can not, be forgotten.

A visitation will take place Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 11 am until time of funeral service at 1 pm at the Nie Family Funeral Home, 2400 Carpenter Rd., Ann Arbor. Interment will take place at the LeLand Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Michigan. A potluck wake will follow at the farmhouse. A Memorial fund has been established for those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Victor's memory. Please visit https://www.integrativeempowerment.com/donations for more information.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday February 15, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday February 15, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Location
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Carpenter Road Chapel
    Address
    2400 Carpenter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
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  • Funeral Service

    Saturday February 15, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday February 15, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Carpenter Road Chapel
    Address
    2400 Carpenter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. RaeLee Baxter
  • Interment

    Saturday February 15, 2020 | 2:30pm
    When
    Saturday February 15, 2020 2:30pm
    Location
    Leland Cemetery
    Address
    6000-6092 Earhart Road
    Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
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    Notes
    Procession after the funeral service

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Christine Byrer

Posted at 11:33am
Susie, I am Victors cousin and I live in Tennessee. You and I have never met face to face. The last time my sister jeanne and I visited you were working. We had a great visit in Victor. He was in the middle of law school at that time, before the cancer hit. He was such a lively man, he made us laugh and wonder at his brilliant mind. He also took on the job of finding my Grandmother Christie's death certificate for me so I could find out when she died and where she was buried. I was so grateful for this. He gave new life to Aunt Flo's grandfather wall clock. Aunt Flo said it wasn't working, but it put it back together and gave the pendulum a push, and away it went.

I know how depression saps life out of you, but he fought so bravely. Our prayers and tears are with you as you go about setting a new "norm" in your life. Victor will be forever in our hearts and memories.
Love Christine Byrer, Tennessee
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Lynn Walters

Posted at 10:57am
Mickey, marge, Kim, lily our hearts go out to you. We got the information Friday and funeral is today, we are in Florida and there was no way to meme
It back. Victor, like so many of us suffered his own battles (myself included) he was very brave
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Posted at 09:32am
For the teacher who inspired growth in life... you will be missed, dear one. Thank you.
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Love - Katie, Daniel, and Faith Jones

Posted at 06:56pm
Dearest Family - Sending you love and hugs from afar as we remember Victor today. Know that you are in our hearts and minds today and always.
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Keely A Morse

Posted at 06:31pm
I worked with Victor at Black River in my first year teaching there back in 2006. Victor was a bright mind that had a lot of compassion. He would dress up in a fancy suit Monday-Thursday and then often dress up as silly as could be on casual Fridays or on spirit week. He had a lot of talent and started a Forensics Club for students to act, perform, and do other oratory competitions. He put a lot of effort into it. I saw him go out of his way to help a student with depression.

An embarrassing story for me is one that I remember most about Victor. My grandmother had died and I felt very sad, but I couldn't cry at the funeral. Everyone was crying, but me and I wanted to cry, but couldn't. I felt as if there was something wrong with me. Awhile later my pet cat of 18 years died...then at work the next day I thought of my dead cat and how I didn't cry at my grandmother's funeral and finally cried for my grandmother. Some people at work acted like I was weird to cry at work. Not Victor. He came over and put his arm on me and asked me what was wrong. He told me it wasn't weird to cry for my grandmother when my cat died and that he had once cried when a car he loved died. He made me feel better. Victor was a good compassionate person.
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