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Michael Rambus

Born: Mon., Feb. 9, 1931
Died: Tue., Jul. 7, 2020


Funeral Service

10:00 AM Fri., Jul. 17, 2020
Location: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church


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MICHAEL RAMBUS died from heart failure on July 7, 2020 in New Haven, Connecticut. Mike was born in Peabody, Massachusetts on February 9, 1931 and moved to Ferndale, Michigan in 1942. Upon graduation from Lincoln High (now Ferndale High), he was a recipient of the George N. Higgins four-year scholarship to attend college. Mike graduated from Detroit Institute of Technology Pharmacy School in 1952. He married Silvia Dritsas in 1956 and they moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan. They have five wonderful children. He bought McMillan Drug Company Inc, located in Huntington Woods, in 1956 and remained there until he retired in 1985. He was a member of the American Druggist Association, National Association of Retail Druggists, and the Oakland County Pharmacists Association. His pharmacy was one of the early drug stores that dispensed methadone to help individuals with drug addictions. Mike was invited to become a member of the Berkley Rotary Club in 1958 and was elected as District Governor of Rotary International in 1996-1997, overseeing 52 Rotary clubs in Southeastern Michigan and Southwestern Ontario. He traveled extensively for Rotary, twice to the Philippine Islands, Nepal, Thailand, Tibet, India, Lebanon, Egypt, and Greece, at his own expense.  These were humanitarian programs for polio victims and indigent people. Mike attended more than 30 Rotary International conventions, many with his family. Mike was extremely proud of his Greek heritage and visited Greece nine times over the years. He was a lifelong member of the Greek Orthodox Church and served on the church council of St. Nicholas in Detroit and later at Holy Cross in Farmington Hills. He and his wife were able to visit Greece with all their children together and with most of their grandchildren.  He was so happy that he and one of his daughters, Elizabeth, were able to visit the Holy Land when he was 81. Mike was a member of the Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit since 1970. He never forgot the generosity of the Goodfellows: when he was only 14 years old and his brother was 9, their father died, and the family received a basket from Goodfellows. Mike was a volunteer at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak for many years.  
Mike is survived by his wife, Silvia; his brother, Jim (Sally); his children, Dr. Emili (Dr. Tay Bosley), Dr. Erica, Dr. Elizabeth, Dr. Carolyn (Dr. Shawn Cowper), Michael Peter (Samantha). He has eight grandchildren: Nickolas, Erika, Gretchen, Nathaniel, Benjamin, Emma, Bryson, and Aris. Mike is predeceased by his parents, Peter Michael Rambus and Efthemia Nicolaides. Intending a short-term visit to one of their daughters in January 2016, Mike and Silvia came to Connecticut where they lived in Guilford since that time. Mike became actively involved in the Guilford Rotary Club and attended St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church in Orange. He enjoyed meeting people and spending time at the community center and library in Guilford.

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