Wednesday, February 04, 2009

RIP Hon. Kaye Tertzag

I was shocked earlier this evening when I got a text message from one of my closest friends; the Hon. Kaye Tertzag a long-time judge on the Wayne County Circuit Court passed away this afternoon. I remember him well from when I was far more active in politics as a part of the Young Democrats.

Judge Tertzag was an incredibly intelligent and competent jurist. More importantly, he was one of the most thoroughly decent human beings I have ever met in my life.

His political views ran decidedly to the liberal side of the spectrum. However, Judge Tertzag was admired by every lawyer and judge he encountered - regardless of their own political affiliations. And when I say every lawyer and judge, I really do mean every single one.

No matter where I go, he is one of the few people that I've never heard anyone say anything negative about - even when they disagreed with him vehemently.

In the simplest terms, Judge Tertzag was the kind of person that Mark Twain was thinking of when he declared, "Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry."

The family of Judge Tertzag will be in my thoughts and prayers these coming days.

According to a note on his daughter's Facebook page, visitation will be this Friday from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. as well as Saturday from noon - 9 p.m. in the Martenson Funeral Home (10915 Allen Rd. in Allen Park). A memorial service will be held this Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Allen Park City Hall (16850 Southfield Rd.).

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