Northville — Relatives and mates of a Northville family members who perished in a Jan. 2 plane crash in Lyon Township collected Wednesday to remember and honor them.
David S. Compo, 60 wife, Michele, 55 and their son, Dawson, 18 were being all killed when the single-motor Piper PA-24 crashed into a household on Dakota Travel in the Orchards of Lyon subdivision — about a 50 percent mile from the Oakland/Southwest Airport. No a person was wounded on the floor in the crash, which stays under investigation.
The Compos were returning residence from visiting a relative in Canton, Georgia, when the crash transpired. Compo, a previous president of the Property Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan, was described to be an seasoned, certified pilot.
Throughout an hour and a 50 percent funeral Mass Wednesday at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, mourners prayed, sang hymns and shared stories about Compo’s really like for traveling, stating he would often contact up friends without discover to join him for an unplanned flight to Traverse City, Cleveland or in other places for lunch or dinner.
The Rev. Denis Theroux recalled the Compo family occupying the 2nd pew in the church at expert services.
“David constantly had a large grin and beloved to convey to jokes,” stated Theroux. “Michele was type and generous and heat and a terrific baker. “And Dawson was a genuine gentleman and a challenging employee who did every little thing from sweeping flooring to sketching design households.”
Theroux explained Compo called him just after viewing him previous month on a livestream church broadcast, explained to the priest, “You seem variety of tense,” and invited him to go traveling with him and have lunch.
Theroux stated words fail to describe these kinds of a tragedy and suggested mourners to “reach out and enjoy and maintain a person a further.”
Mary Demarest was Michele’s school roommate and lifelong finest buddy. She recalled how they traveled with each other and devoted each Thursday evening seeing the 1980s Tv set show “Knots Landing” jointly. Even a long time following their university days, the pair would get alongside one another on Thursday evenings to shop or get pleasure from each and every other’s firm.
Paul Pilat, Michele’s brother, stated his brother-in-legislation ought to have “ordered this beautiful” working day, referencing the sunny Wednesday morning.
“He would say, ‘This is a day we obtained to go flying,’” Pilat stated.
All of the Compos labored for Compo Builders, a Novi corporation shaped in 2013 with Chris Compo, David’s brother. David and Michele Compos experienced been married for 22 several years and Dawson, who graduated from Detroit Catholic Central Superior in 2020, not long ago completed his 1st semester at Michigan State College.
The spouse and children proposed donations to various charities or the Compo Loved ones Memorial Scholarship via the Dwelling Builders Association Charitable and Academic Basis.
Donations to the Compo Loved ones Memorial Scholarship will be applied to fund an once-a-year scholarship to guidance southeast Michigan citizens aged 18 to 25 who are commencing function in the residential building field or researching to function in the competent trades.
Donations to the scholarship fund could be created on the web at: https://www.builders.org/basis/donate/ or by mailing a verify to the HBA Charitable & Instructional Foundation at 30400 Telegraph Street, Suite 202, Bingham Farms, Michigan 48025, Attn: Compo Scholarship Fund. Every donor will receive a letter acknowledging their donation and the Compo spouse and children will be notified of the donor’s generosity.