Retired funeral home director, actor dies

David McCabe
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L. David McCabe, who brought his family’s funeral home to Farmington Hills more than 40 years ago, died August 1. He was 90 years old.

Born on July 4, 1926, McCabe grew up in Detroit’s historic Corktown district grew up in the business founded by his grandfather. At age 17, he ran away to Hollywood, participating in a variety of radio, stage and screen productions, and even working under contract to MGM Studios, according to an obituary posted on the funeral home website.

After marrying the former Gisela Kablitz, McCabe worked his way through Wayne State Mortuary School by teaching a radio acting seminar at the university and portraying the radio voice of Bruster, the Goebel Rooster. during Detroit Tigers broadcasts on WJR during the 1950s. After graduating in 1957, he joined the family business at Grand River and Southfield in Detroit, and in 1969, began planning the move to Farmington Hills. McCabe Funeral Home opened its current location on 12 Mile Road, just west of Orchard Lake Road, in 1972.

During his career, McCabe was an active member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, and served with many local civic groups, including the Farmington/Farmington Hills Chamber of Commerce. He also continued performing, with the Rosedale Park Players and the Farmington Players Barn.

Gisela preceded her husband in death, in 1999. David McCabe is survived by his children Kevin (Sandy) McCabe and Katrina (Larry) Walker, and grandchildren Samantha and Ryan Walker.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home, 31950 W. 12 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills, on August 6, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., and August 7, 2 p.m.-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held August 8, 11 a.m., also at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in McCabe’s name to Friends of the Library at the Farmington Hills Community Library.