Michael J. George

Michael J. George, an icon in metro Detroit and a pillar in the Chaldean community, passed away June 24th, 2014 at age 81. He was one of the most recognizable and revered businessmen in Michigan, best known for his humility, responsiveness and making deals with a handshake instead of a contract.

As many know Michael George was a man who cared so much for others and the community, in light of his longstanding commitment to charity, in lieu of flowers or food the family requests that donations be made to the Michael J. George charity. 

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Michael J. George
December 20, 1932 - June 24, 2014

Michael George has become one of the most recognized businessmen in Michigan. As the co-founder of Melody Farms Dairy Company in 1950, he is a Midwestern legend in the dairy industry, and the diversity of his interests has set a new paradigm for business on the local and national scale. in the world of business. He is the archetypal businessman, philanthropist and a contributing icon of Detroit.

Michael George’s influence extends beyond the dairy farm. He is a fixture in the Chaldean community, including pioneering programs to advance in the aid and settlement of Iraqi Christian refugees as former Chairman of the Chaldean Federation of America (CFA). He was also one of the founders of Shenandoah Banquet, Golf, Community and Conference Center, a club designed as a perfect expression of his culture mixed with modern convenience; and helped form the Bank of Michigan, a community bank that prides itself on customer service that has been serving the community since 2005.

This commitment to excellent business practice has been passed down to his six sons, who now champion George Enterprises, its various subsidiaries and management.

Press Articles

Friends of Mike George

Senator Stabenow Statement on Death of Michael George WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today made the following statement on the passing of Michael George, a life-long leader in...

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Michael J. George’s legacy will be the people he inspired to lead metro Detroit

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder offered the following statement following the passing of Michael J. George. “Michael J. George was a metro Detroit leader, known for his community and...

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The Passing of Michael J. George – A Remembrance

June 24, 2014 Michael J. George, an icon in metro Detroit and a pillar in the Chaldean community, passed away today at age 81. George was the quintessential American success...

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Want Milk?, Arabica Magazine, Summer 2001

Melody Farms founder Michael George lets out a sigh. He is worried people aren’t drinking enough Milk. For some, who would no sooner worry about milk than they would global...

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Michael George Receives The Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Friday June 15, 2001 On Saturday, May 12, 2001, another remarkable, but not surprising event occurred in the life of Michael J. George: The Ellis Island Medal of Honor was...

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Milking It, Dairy Field Magazine, April 2001

Melody Farms capitalizes on its long-term reputation for delivering superior customer service. Of course, everyone knows it’s good business practice to listen to your customers, to adapt and improve all...

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Melody Finds Stroh’s Tasty, Crain’s Detroit Business, February 15, 1999

ICE CREAM-MAKING WILL BE COMBINED IN DETROIT. Date: February 15, 1999 Publication: Crain’s Detroit Business Author: KOSDROSKY, TERRY Melody Farms L.L.C. last week completed its acquisition of Stroh’s Ice Cream...

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Melody Foods Plans Step-Up in Acquisitions, The Detroit News, April 2, 1998

Date: April 2, 1998 Publication: The Detroit News Author: KING, RJ. FARMINGTON HILLS – Melody Foods Inc. hopes to expand through acquisitions after signing a deal with Dairy Farmers of...

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Rising To The Top, MICHIGAN: The Magazine of The Detroit News, June 12, 1988

Date: June 12. 1988 Publication: MICHIGAN: The Magazine of The Detroit News Author: STARK, AL Photographed: TEREK, DONNA RISING TO THE TOP – Melody Farms’ Mike George used to work...

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80 Years Old, By George!

Once in a while, someone comes along that defines a generation. Michael George is as close as you can get to that kind of person. That is how Mike Sarafa...

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George: The Man of Milk and Money, Crains Detroit Business, April 18, 1988

It is a warm weekday afternoon, and Michael George is digging a spoon into a fluffy pink pile of Strawberry and Praline ice cream. Around him, advertising executives wait for...

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The Chaldean Godfather, Detroit Free Press, April 25, 1988

Loyalty and family ties boosted Mike George’s commitment to helping immigrants get settled Mike George the Detroit-born son of a Chaldean farmer, heads Melody Farms, one of Michigan’s largest dairies....

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