Clayton & McKervey, Detroit-area CPA and advisory firm, is mourning the loss of its president, Kevin McKervey, who died Sunday at the age of 61.

He is survived by his wife Patty and his children Jennifer and Michael. 

McKervey joined the firm in 1990, serving as president starting in 2012 after the retirement of Don Clayton. He led Clayton & McKervey’s international practice for years and was instrumental in the growth and development of the firm.

“Kevin and I were business partners for nearly 25 years,” said Clayton & McKervey chairman Don Clayton in a statement. “During this time I came to know him as a trusted friend, a confidant, a visionary and a well- respected businessman and professional. I admired his strong leadership style and his courage to step outside the box. As a leader, when it came time to make the call, the team always knew they could count on Kevin to be fair. He was a unique individual and will be sorely missed.”

Last June, McKervey appointed a successor, Rob Dutkiewicz, to become president upon his retirement. Dutkiewicz assumed the role on Monday. 

“Kevin personified professionalism and caring for all people,” said Dutkiewicz. “He was a mentor to many and a friend to all. Everyone at Clayton & McKervey will miss his words of wisdom and guidance. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

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