Flint's Santa Claus dies, age 74

FLINT (WJRT) - (04/05/18) - The man known by many as Flint's Santa Claus has died.

Joel Florida was a fixture in mid-Michigan for decades, spreading cheer to children not just at Christmas-time, but year-round. He was known for his work with the Old Newsboys of Flint and the Shriners. Florida was also a long-time Flint police officer.

He passed away on Wednesday at 74.

Visitation is set for Friday and Saturday with his funeral on Monday. All services will happen at Swartz Funeral Home in Flint.

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