Obituaries from page B47
RICHARD D. SHAYE, 56, of Huntington
Woods, died Feb. 4, 2008.
The owner of My Place Just For Kids
for over 20 years with three locations, Mr.
Shaye received a degree in marketing from
Eastern Michigan University. An active
member of Temple Beth El, he was on
many committees and boards including
the brotherhood and the Married Group.
He was active with the 4-Care Council
(Child Care Council of Oakland County)
as a board member and was involved
with many committees for the city of
Huntington Woods, especially becoming
the chief hot dog chef for the 4th of July
Mr. Shaye is survived by his beloved
wife of 30 years, Lynne Shaye of
Huntington Woods; daughter and her fian-
ce, Tanya Shaye and Jacob Silverstein of
Chicago; son, Jonathan Shaye of Chicago;
mother, Lillian Shaye of West Bloomfield;
brother, Marc Shaye of Franklin; sister,
Rae Watnick; mother-in-law, Rae Watnick;
brothers-in-law, Neil Watnick and Irvin
Watnick; loving nieces and nephews and a
world of friends.
He was the beloved son of the late
Nathan Shaye; dear son-in-law of the late
Interment at Beth El Memorial Park.
Contributions may be made to Temple
Beth El Brotherhood, 7400 Telegraph
Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301, www.
tbeonline.org or Child Care Council of
Oakland County, Richard Shaye Memorial
Scholarship Fund, 550 Hulet Dr. Suite 101,
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302, www.oak-
landchildcare.org . Arrangements by Ira
MARTIN SMITH, 73, former Detroiter of
Boynton Beach, Fla., died Feb. 2, 2008.
He is survived by his wife, Susan
(Bloom) Smith of Boynton Beach; son and
daughter-in-law, Michael and Julie Smith
of Springfield, Va.; daughter, Lisa Smith of
Denver, Colo.; sister, Ruth Edgar.
Service and interment in Florida.
Arrangements by Beth Israel Memorial
Gibson Honor Roils Rabbi
Jerusalem/JTA — An Irish rabbi has
reportedly assailed the decision to honor
Mel Gibson. The Irish Film and Television
Academy will pay tribute to Gibson, an
actor and director, at its award ceremony
Feb. 17 for his contributions to world cin-
According to the Irish newspaper the
Independent, a leading rabbi in Ireland
condemned the recognition for Gibson
in light of widely publicized anti-Semitic
comments he made to California police
officers after being arrested for drunk
driving in 2006.
"We find it very puzzling;' said the
rabbi, who wished to remain anony-
mous. "He has made blatant anti-Semitic
remarks, and you'd think they'd give him
a miss this year:' The rabbi said the acad-
emy should reconsider its decision. The
citation stresses Gibson's Irish roots — his
mother and paternal great-grandfather
were Irish. Gibson also made his movie
Braveheart in Ireland.
Ireland's Department of Arts, Sports
and Tourism has been named an official
partner of the ceremony, though the
department does not fund the academy.
The controversy comes on the heels of a
department inquiry into accusations that
paintings stolen by the Nazis were on dis-
play in the Limerick Hunt Museum.
Le Pen Sentenced
Washington/JTA — A French court gave
Jean-Marie Le Pen a three months sus-
pended sentence for saying the Nazi occu-
pation of France was not inhumane.
The sentence Friday was the latest
handed to the far-right leader of the
National Front for diminishing the sig-
nificance of the Holocaust. He also was
fined 10,000 euros, or about $14,500. Le
Pen told a far-right magazine in 2005 that
"in France at least the German occupation
was not especially inhumane, even if there
were a number of excesses — inevitable
in a country of 550,000 square kilometers."
Nazis and their allies deported at least
70,000 French Jews to death camps during
the Nazi occupation.
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