John W. Broderick of Ludington, Michigan passed away at home at the age of 66 on 2/15/2013 after a lengthy battle with melanoma. John was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the middle child of John and Alice Broderick. After graduation from the University of Notre Dame, John enlisted in the U.S. Army, completed Officer Candidate School and served overseas tours as a logistical officer in Europe and South East Asia. Upon his return from active duty, John earned an MBA from the University of Rochester and began a 40 year career in the automobile industry. After 10 years in the field wholesale organization of Ford Motor Company, John became the National Training Manager for Subaru of America and later served as their Regional Sales Manager in the Chicago area. The balance of his career was spent as an independent consultant for General Motors educating wholesale and retail personnel in dealership and computer operations. John is survived by his wife Carol, sister, Anne Broderick of Ludington, MI, brother, Bryan (Barbara) Broderick of Camdenton, MO, niece, Dawn (Dan) Stemich of Wildwood, MO, nephew, Sean Broderick of Osage Beach, MO, and many other nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Missing from this summary of John are his broad grin and readiness to laugh. We got to know John best when Tom Condon, Bob Brady and I shared a small place in Old Saybrook, CT during the summer of 1971. John, already a good friend of Bob’s, came to see us then and continued to join the Observer group when reunions took place over the years. You may know already (and can search the report in this blog – look for “Broderick”) that John’s mother was a stunt double for Lucille Ball and other actresses. She had quite a career, with appearances in many films and TV episodes. – Tom Figel