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Don Gire

Profile Updated: March 5, 2009
Residing In:
Portland, OR USA
Spouse/Partner - wedding date:
Jane, 9/9/1972
Sarah, born 1976
Anne, born 1980
Current Occupation:
Which Branch of the service did you serve in?
US Coast Guard  
Did you graduate in January or June?

January '59


Anakin, resident grandson, 2000

About My Career:

Insurance professional. CPCU. Retired from Commercial Union Insurance Co's 1996 after 33 years of service.
Vice President Central Region managed 15 states, 100 staff, 3 branch offices, $100 million sales.
Worked for CU in Detroit, Boston, Cleveland, London England, New York City, Cleveland again, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis.
After retiring and moving to Portland, OR, worked for JCI, Inc.(nations largest campground insurance agency) as insurance agent and then national marketing manager, part time. Kicked all bad habits (work) 3 years ago.

Redford Memories:

Jan 59 Grad but lots of friends in 6/59
Road Squires Hot Rod Club.
The Mill and Tony's
Some math teacher with white and brown saddle shoes.
The Morford sisters
Ken Mike was a great quarterback
Geigers & Richards
Having hair

Education after Redford:

*Schoolcraft College '60/61
*Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation '87

Military Service - When and Where

USCGR 6 month active, Cape May, New Jersey
Petty Officer, 6 Years reserve, Detroit, Mich


Lived a year (73/74) in England working in CU's International Headquarters on a planning and consolidation task force for UK Division. Traveled extensively within UK and Europe.

Held underwriting/marketing and executive positions with CU in Detroit, Boston, Cleveland, London, New York, Cleveland, Cincinatti, Chicago & St Louis. Traveled that area extensively.

Notable vacations: all 50 states USA, Canada, Spain, Portugal, France, Greece, Italy, Switz. Germany, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Tailand, Malasia, Singapore, China, Argentina, Uraguay, Chile, Mexico

We live in a "floating home" aka "Sleepless in Seattle" but Portland, of course, on the Columbia River. Sailing is a passion.

Jane is the worlds greatest Pittsburgh Steelers fan and spends her time visiting her 93 yr old Mom and attending home games in the Steel City.

My Mom "Ollie" is 92 and lives in Waterford thus keeping Detroit on my agenda.



Do you spend part of the year at another address?

Mexico time shares (month a year)
West Coast time shares

What grade school did you go to?

Clinton (East side Detroit)
Burt (Braile & Pearson)

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