Grandfather's high bid makes for unique family outing

It was the hottest item on the auction table that night and bidding was going high. But Spring Lake resident John Carlyle thought the dinner and fire truck ride would make a unique family outing. "All of the grandparents were bidding,' Carlyle said. "Stupid grandfather raised his hand and won,'
Becky Vargo
Aug 26, 2011

Moments later, another person attending the benefit for Hospice of North Ottawa Community offered even more money so her family could get the other ticket.
Four of Carlyle’s grandchildren and two of their friends scooted around the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety after Lt. Joe Boyle on Wednesday.

“I really love those grandkids,” Carlyle said.

Carlyle, who is a former chairman of the local hospice’s Board of Directors, said “Hospice is a cause we’ve championed forever.” His wife, Nancy, and daughter, Amy Williams, were social workers for Hospice.

Carlyle said he was happy that so much money was raised for the local hospice organization that night. He was even happier that his grandchildren were having so much fun.

The six children had all kinds of questions for Boyle as he gave them a tour around the police and fire department sides of the GHDPS building, 525 Washington Ave. One of the first questions was from 3-year-old Lucas Williams of Spring Lake, who wanted to know where he could find the fire truck, Carlyle said.

Boyle showed the children some of the old equipment used to alert firemen to a fire, then let the kids ring the bell announcing lunch.

“We asked them what they would prefer for a menu,” Boyle said. “They said hot dogs, and macaroni and cheese.”

Boyle said the officers enjoyed participating in the event.

“It’s a great thing for hospice and the Grand Haven community,” he said.

The second winner’s family will experience a similar event.

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To see the photo gallery from the event, click here.

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