Tim Haney, longtime Shores finance director, dies

By: Kristyne E. Demske | Online Only | Published June 10, 2013



St. Clair Shores is reeling from the loss of its longstanding finance director, who passed away suddenly June 7.

Acting City Manager Mike Smith said the Fire Department was called to Haney’s St. Clair Shores home late that night where he was discovered to have died, presumably from a heart attack.

Haney, 57, was hired by St. Clair Shores as its interim finance director in December of 1989. He was then appointed to be the full-time finance director and helped take the city through 24 budgets, Smith said.

“He’ll be missed a great deal,” said Smith.

In typical fashion, he said, Haney did not leave the city without a budget for 2013-2014. The budget was adopted by City Council June 3.

“Day-to-day, everybody’s going to pick up a little piece of it and try to keep it moving along,” Smith said of how the department will function without Haney. “We can’t go that way forever, so we’ll start a search for a new finance director at some point.”

Smith said that might not happen until the city has a new manager, however.

“Right now we’re going to deal with helping the family and trying to get through that stuff,” he said.

Haney is survived by his wife, Patricia, and his children: Emily, 30; John, 28; and Thomas, 19. Visitation for Haney was set for 2-9 p.m. June 11 at Wasik Funeral Home, 11470 13 Mile Road in Warren, and his funeral was scheduled for 10 a.m. June 12 at Our Lady of Hope — St. Germaine Campus, 28301 Little Mack Ave.

Smith said the city would be helping the family to remember Haney with a dedicated tree in St. Clair Shores as well as a police escort for the funeral procession.

Haney was the recipient of many awards for his achievement working for the city, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Government Finance Officers Association, of which he was a past president.

“He’s going to be sorely missed,” Smith said. “If it wasn’t for Tim and how well he did his job, we wouldn’t have the fund balance we have today. Tim always put the organization first. He was tenacious in his defense of the city.

“Everybody respected him a great deal.”