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Michael Cher passed away peacefully on Friday, December 21st. He was the husband of the late Barbara Miller Cher. Michael Cher was born on August 4, 1919 in Brooklyn, NY the son of Hungarian immigrants Stephen & Rose Cher. His family moved to the Plumtrees District in Bethel in 1920 where he attended the one room school house. To help support his family during the Great Depression he worked at the Hat Factory. He decided to return to school to learn a trade and became a successful owner of a construction company. He was involved in many large projects which included refacing downtown Danbury's Main Street and the Palace Theatre. Later he worked with an architect and built a home in Redding that was featured in Better Homes & Gardens. He was also very active in his community. He was a policeman and volunteer fireman for the town of Bethel and served on various town committees. In his early years he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He retired to Florida and had 20 wonderful years with his wife Barbara where they enjoyed making lots of new friends and traveling. In his retirement years he worked as a security guard at the Daytona Speedway for 17 years.
He was a wonderful, kind and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He had a great sense of humor and will be sadly missed.
He is survived by his daughter Cindy Harris, her husband Brian, of Southbury, and his two grandchildren Courtney Harris and Timothy Harris; his two sisters, Elizabeth Todd of Bethel and Rose Parrack of Port Orange, FL as well as several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Carpino Funeral Home, 750 Main Street South, Southbury, on Saturday, Dec. 29th from 2 to 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made at http://www.myfoxny.com/story/20403023/MYSandyHookFamilyFund.com
Published in News Times on Dec. 26, 2012