George Rafaidus, CFSP, is President of Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services, of Center Line, Michigan and has been in Funeral Service since 1974. George graduated from Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science in 1977 and received his Michigan funeral director’s license in 1980. As part of his ongoing education, he has completed all the requirements to be recognized as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice’s Board of Trustees. George is a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association (MFDA) and the National Funeral Directors Association. He also continues to be a funeral profession and consumer advocate. He is the past President of MFDA District Six and is active with various civic and fraternal organizations within the city of Center Line and Macomb County, including as the Center Line Lions Club Chaplain, former Supervisory Board Member of Eastside Family Credit Union, a Knights of Columbus member, a member and Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church and a member of the Center Line High School Academies Advisory Board. You can also find him guest lecturing at his alma mater, participating as a career day speaker at local schools, and he has spoken at the Florida Mystery Writers Conference. George and his family are lifelong Macomb County residents.
Charlene has served Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services since 2012, as Office Manager. She is a life long Macomb County resident and a retired teacher from the Detroit Public Schools District. Charlene received both her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Education Degrees from Wayne State University. She is a member of the Center Line High School Academies Advisory Board and attends St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church. At Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services, she is responsible for completing and coordinating the filing of forms and documents for our families, scheduling staff, necessary bookkeeping, and assisting with funeral services. When she’s not at the funeral home, she enjoys cooking, reading, and being with her family.
Rex was our lovable fifteen year old Beagle that would greet you when you visited the funeral home. His previous owner was not capable of having him at their new home, so he was part of our family for the past five years. When away from the funeral home, Rex enjoyed walking and taking naps.
Rex Rafaidus died on Sunday, November 19, 2017 and was born May 17, 2002. Rex was a greeter and friend to many at the Ford Funeral Home. Canine companion to Charlene, George and Andrew Rafaidus, Elyse, David and Emma Erickson.
Andrew has been with Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services since 2016 and has been in Funeral Service since 2007. Presently he is completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science with the Pittsburgh School of Mortuary Science. Andrew is a Certified Crematory Operator and received this recognition after receiving his training from the Cremation Association of North America. He is a 2011 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts where he received his degree in Culinary Management and Classic French Culinary Techniques. Also, Andrew was a professional cook in Scottsdale, Arizona before returning to Michigan and complete his Mortuary Science Degree and Resident Training at Ford Funeral Home. Andrew is the Financial Secretary for the Center Line Lions Club and an Usher at St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church. As an avid Detroit sports fan, you will find him rooting for the team of the season.
David has been with Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services since 2017. Presently he is completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science with the Pittsburgh School of Mortuary Science and his Resident Training at Ford Funeral Home. He is a 2006 graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and a Registered Nurse since 2010. David enjoys to golf and is a soccer fanatic.
Elyse has served Ford Funeral Home and Cremation Services as a Greeter since 2017. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 2009 and her Master’s in Business Administration from Wayne State University 2013. When time permits she enjoys to read, cook and work in her vegetable garden.