Thursday, November 7, 2019

Funeral services set today for John K. Sterling

John K. Sterling, Jr., the original and former information officer for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, died at his retirement home at Sunrise Senior Living in Westlake Village, CA on Saturday, Oct. 26. He was formerly a long-time resident of Canton Township.
Mr. Sterling began his career with the Metroparks as a seasonal recreation employee at Metro Beach Metropark (now Lake St Clair Metropark) in the summer of 1955. He continued to work at Metro Beach each summer until 1959.
On June 8, 1959 he was appointed Information Officer for the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority and pioneered the establishment of a public relations/information program. He continued in this position until he retired on Oct. 11, 1991, following 32 years in this post, and a total of 36 years working with the Metroparks.
Mr. Sterling became a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame following a 1995 family visit to the historic museum/tournament in Newport, Rhode Island. He was also a 60 plus year member of The Society of Professional Journalists Foundation and received a special award for some years ago.  In addition, he was a longtime member of the  United States Tennis Association that supports programs nationwide that leverage tennis and education to help those in need, primarily through the National Junior Tennis & Learning network.
Mr. Sterling was also a supporter of the USO (United Service Organizations) and donated regularly to the USO due to his service in the Army Air Force during World War II.
Among his survivors is his daughter, Victoria.
The family will receive visitors from 3-9 today, Nov. 7, at the L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, 42600 Ford Road (West of Lilley Road) in Canton.  Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Nov. 8  at the L.J. Griffin Funeral Home in Canton. John will be entombed next to his late wife, Julia, at Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the charities listed above.