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Life Story / Obituary
All who knew Brian Haboush would agree that he was an extraordinary man inside and out. He lived a life of purpose and loved bringing joy to those around him whether he was cooking for family and friends, giving a customer exactly what they had been hoping for, or taking his grandchildren to the park. Brian was strong and courageous, especially when engaged in the fight for his life, and his faith was the compass he used to direct his steps. He was always happy and could be funny or even silly at times with the ability to find the joy in everything as he fully embraced both the peaks and valleys along his life’s journey. Life will never be the same without Brian here, but the lives of countless others will be forever changed because of his unconditional love.
During the first half of the 1940s, the eyes of the nation were focused overseas as countless young servicemen and women were deeply entrenched in the throes of WWII. America and our allies tasted sweet victory in 1945, which reunited families, put an end to rationing on common goods, and ignited the baby boom that would last several years. It was during this exciting time that Samuel “Clare” and Marie Haboush were pleased to announce the birth of the baby boy they named Brian on January 15, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan. He was the youngest of three children in his family and was raised in the family home in Detroit alongside his siblings, Elaine and Roger. To earn an income Brian’s father owned a small grocery store, and they also ran a successful meat market for several years. His mother was a homemaker and an amazing seamstress who made clothes, coats, and pajamas for her grandchildren later in life.
In many ways Brian experienced an upbringing that was a reflection of the time. He came from a close family and loved spending time with his sister and her boyfriend, John, who would later become her husband. Brian was a typical boy who loved things like playing cops and robbers, riding his bike, and playing with neighborhood friends. With family as a cornerstone throughout his life, he loved spending time with his uncles on his mother’s side and looked forward to visiting them in Pennsylvania during the summer. In fact, Brian always said that the time he spent with his uncles brought him some of his best memories from childhood. As a student he attended local schools including Mackenzie High School. By the time he was a teen Brian got into fast cars, shooting pool, going to the state fair, and hanging out with friends, often at Daly Burgers. He also loved watching sports, especial football.
Not to be forgotten during his teen years was Brian’s introduction to the young woman with whom he would share the best years of his life. Her name was Phyllis, and they met through mutual friends. They spent some time dating and loved going to the movies together. With a desire to establish a life together, Brian and Phyllis were married in a large ceremony shortly after graduating from high school when he was still 18.
As a young man Brian spent some time working in a factory, and he also spent several years working at his father’s meat market where he was involved in all aspects of the business including as a butcher and in running the day to day operations. After the market closed, Brian was a private gun dealer, which was a great fit since he was a gun lover himself. He collected several guns and built an extensive collection that included several guns that are highly collectible. Brian loved the challenge of hunting down a specific gun for a customer, and he also spent quite a bit of time at the gun range. It was only when cancer left him disabled in 2000 that he was forced to give up selling guns. For a time Brian also worked in preparation and assembly at a circuit board factory.
First and foremost in Brian’s life was always his family. It wasn’t long after marrying that Brian and his wife discovered that they would become parents. Together they were blessed with the births of three children including Diane, Tanya, and Darryl. Brian was an active part of his children’s lives in a variety of ways. He especially loved going to all of their school and sporting events, but some of their best memories were made having fun together. As a family the Haboushes took several trips, sometimes they were shorter like to Cedar Point, Greenfield Village, King’s Island, or even to the zoo, and other times they were gone for a more extended period of time. There were also fun-filled family gatherings at his sister Elaine’s home in Port Huron. As a devout Catholic, Brian enjoyed going to St. Hillary’s Catholic Church in Redford, and he made sure that he raised his kids to embrace the same faith so attending Mass on Sunday mornings was a family affair.
When he was older, Brian couldn’t have been happier than he was to become a grandfather. He had four grandchildren altogether, and they all adored him. With his oldest grandchild, Justin, Brian became known as B-Ball, and the name has stuck with all his grandchildren to this day. It was easy to see that the sun rose and set with his grandchildren, and he was with them as often as he could be whether they were playing, watching movies and sports, and going to the park. Brian loved gangster movies, with Goodfellas being one of his favorites. It was in this context that Brian often called his son, Darryl, and his grandson, Justin, “Goodfellas.”
As his family and friends can attest, Brian was the life of the party wherever he went. As a man of many interests he loved all the holidays, but he enjoyed each one for different aspects. Although they were always a time to spend with family and friends, Brian loved the fireworks for Fourth of July, he loved Thanksgiving for watching football with friends, and he enjoyed scaring kids with his Michael Meyers mask on Halloween. As an avid sports fan he liked watching boxing and hockey, but football was his favorite. Brian’s favorite teams were the San Francisco 49ers with Joe Montana and Jerry Rice as well as the Dallas Cowboys with Roger Stauback. Every year Brian hosted a Super Bowl party, and as much as he loved the social aspect he also got emotionally involved in the game. Summer holidays usually found him spending the day cooking ribs, chicken, and steak on the charcoal grill, and the end result was always worth the wait! Brian liked playing darts, and he also played pool in his basement. He taught his children to play and also hosted “pool night” every Wednesday when friends came over to play. Brian enjoyed Motown music and classic rock like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
With unending devotion to his family and friends, Brian Haboush made a significant impact in the lives of everyone he met. His faith, his strength, and his love were truly inspiring, and his memory will be forever cherished.
Brian Haboush died on February 11, 2015. Brian’s family includes his wife, Phyllis; children, Diane (Jay) Innes, Tanya (Chris) Powell, and Darryl; grandchildren, Justin, Brad, Emily, and Mackenzie; siblings, Elaine Fischer. Brian was preceded in death by his brother, Roger. Visitation Sunday, 2-7 p.m. with Funeral Service at 4 p.m. at Neely-Turowski Life Story Funeral Home, 30200 Five Mile (Between Middlebelt and Merriman). Entombment Glen Eden Cemetery. You may sign the guest book prior to arriving at the funeral home at www.TurowskiLifeStory.com.