Another local leader lost to the coronavirus.

68-year-old Tony Macksoud, known to many around Lapeer as "Mr. Christmas," passed away on Tuesday after a battle with COVID-19 at McLaren Lapeer Region.

Macksoud was born and raised in Detroit and moved to Lapeer in the mid-70s. He was a member of the Lapeer Optimist Club for 40 years, serving during that time as the club's treasurer, secretary, and president.

He also served his community on the Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce, Lapeer DDA and Lapeer Teamwork.

In an awful twist of fate, his wife Linda lost her mother to COVID-19 the day before Tony died. The Lapeer Optimist Club arranged a car parade in honor of Tony; they drove past his house where his wife is quarantined yesterday.

Tony's cousin, who is a mortician, had driven from Detroit to pick Tony up. His van, with Tony inside, was part of the car parade.

Thank you for everything you've done for the community, sir. Rest In Peace.

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