John Jay Hubbard laid to rest following memorial service

John Jay Hubbard

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Former city councilman, city clerk and charter commissioner John Jay Hubbard died Sept. 11 at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center. He was 78.

A public memorial service for Hubbard was scheduled for Sept. 22 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

After the service, Hubbard was interred at Michigan Memorial Park in Huron Township.

The family requests any donations to be made in Hubbard’s name to be made to the Dearborn Detachment Marine Corps League, located at 4131 Maple.

Hubbard was elected to the city council in 1968 and served there until 1970, when he moved to the role of city clerk following the death of clerk William Hill. He stayed in that position until 1981.

While a city clerk, Hubbard started the “People Pusher” program to help local teens find employment.

After leaving the clerk’s office, Hubbard took a position with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked from 1984 to 1996.

Hubbard returned to public service in 2005, when he was sworn in as a member of the Dearborn Charter Commission. He served on that board until 2007.

Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. said Hubbard made “substantial contributions” to the city during his lifetime.

“I got to know John as he served Dearborn effectively as city clerk, councilman and charter commissioner,” O’Reilly said. “In every instance he had the best interests of the community at heart.”

Born in 1934, Hubbard was the second youngest son of Orville L. Hubbard, who served as Dearborn mayor from 1942 to 1978, and his wife, Faye Hubbard.

He was a graduate of Fordson High School and Henry Ford Community College, and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp.

Hubbard leaves Joanna, his wife of 53 years; three children; three granddaughters; sister Nancy Hubbard, who has served on the city council since 1991; and brother James C. Hubbard, a retired police officer.

Predeceasing Hubbard were two brothers, Henry F. and Frank C. Hubbard, and his parents.

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