April 3, 1950 – October 14, 2018
John Thawley passed away on October 14, 2018 after losing a 10 month battle with Cancer.
He was a 1967 graduate of Utica High School and long time resident of the Detroit metropolitan area.
During the 1970’s and 1980’s people living in Birmingham Michigan would probably remember his men’s clothing store, “John Thawley Couturier”. The store was located at 160 South Old Woodward Ave. across from the once popular Midtown Cafe. The Detroit News twice named John “Best Dressed Man in Detroit”.
John started a graphics and web design company in 1995 named, “The Creative Communications Group”. In 1996 his company designed and built the first “NFL Detroit Lions” website.
Ultimately, John would be best known for his work as a professional motorsports photographer. His racing images have been featured in print for companies such as Acura, Cadillac, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lexus, Maserati, Mazda, and in the pages of Autoweek, USA Today, Sports Car, as well as many others.
John was a long time resident of Bonita Springs Florida; he was an active participant in the Village Walk of Bonita Springs Tennis Community.
John’s memorial service was held on January 7, 2019 at the Hope Hospice, which is located in Bonita Springs Florida. Family members were joined by an overflow crowd of friends remembering John.
He was predeceased by his father, John Rex Thawley, mother Jean Thawley. We lost his sister, Diane Thawley Crowe on December 27, 2022.