Late lifelong Grosse Pointe Woods resident Andrew “Andy” Pflaum — seen here in the back row, third from left, with fellow players on the platform tennis courts at Lake Front Park — is being honored for his contributions to his hometown.

Late lifelong Grosse Pointe Woods resident Andrew “Andy” Pflaum — seen here in the back row, third from left, with fellow players on the platform tennis courts at Lake Front Park — is being honored for his contributions to his hometown.

Photo provided by Drew McSkimming


Grosse Pointe Woods community supporter being remembered for his generosity

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published January 13, 2022

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS — A Grosse Pointe Woods man’s generosity is being remembered in a fitting way.

A bronze plaque is being put up near the platform tennis courts at Lake Front Park in honor of Andrew “Andy” Pflaum, a lifelong resident of the Woods. The plaque — approved for purchase at the price of $729 by the Woods City Council during a meeting Dec. 20 — recognizes some of the many ways that Pflaum contributed to his community.

Pflaum was the founder of the successful commercial construction company Apcor Construction and Development, whose projects included the Lavins Activity Center at Windmill Pointe Park in Grosse Pointe Park, MJR Southgate Theater and multiple National Coney Island restaurant locations. City Administrator Bruce Smith said Pflaum also donated materials and labor to replace the furnaces for the platform tennis courts at Lake Front Park; Smith said the courts “were in bad shape” at the time and were not being used as a result.

In addition, Pflaum was the major supporter behind a new Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores Little League concession stand building — complete with a public restroom — at Ghesquiere Park, Smith said. Pflaum’s company, Apcor, was also the low bidder to reconstruct and reconfigure offices at Woods City Hall after they were destroyed by flooding.

“He was a very generous resident,” said Smith, who was contacted by Pflaum’s friend and attorney, Joel Harris, after his death. “We spoke about doing something in his honor because of his generosity.”

Pflaum died Nov. 14, 2021, at the age of 57, after a battle with cancer. He was survived by his wife, Sarah Clarkson, and children, William and Madeline, as well as his mother and sister. William was a member of the Woods-Shores Little League 12U team, which in 2017 won the state and regional tournaments to compete in the 71st Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and Madeline played Little League softball; they were following in the footsteps of their dad, who played on Little League teams as a boy. 

A Grosse Pointe North High School graduate who was co-captain of the varsity basketball team, Pflaum went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Wayne State University and was licensed as a general contractor in Michigan and Florida. Besides his job, family and friends, those close to Pflaum said he was devoted to his hometown and to many charitable endeavors.

“He was committed to making the community he lived in a better place,” said Harris, a Grosse Pointe Woods resident.

Harris said Pflaum was especially passionate about communitywide projects and those that benefited young children.

“He was kind to everybody,” Harris said of Pflaum. “The projects that he helped out with … reflect that kindness.”

The love he shared with family and friends make Pflaum’s loss that much harder on those who knew him.

“He was just a really nice guy — just one of the nicest human beings you’re ever going to meet,” lifelong friend Drew McSkimming said.

Funds for the plaque are available in the City Council Special Projects account, Smith said.

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