STAFFORD Michael F., Sr., age 95, of Lynn, formerly of Salem, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at the Kaplan House in the company of family. Michael was one of six children of the late Michael J Stafford and Mary Ellen Kerivan. He is survived by his beloved wife Lorraine Torrey of Lynn and predeceased by his wife of 47 years Jeannette Marquis, of Salem. After emigrating from Newfoundland in 1925, Mr. Stafford grew up in Lynn and graduated from Lynn Classical High School (1939). Mike was an inspector with General Electric in Lynn for 42 years before he retired in 1983; he was very proud of his contributions to the Gemini space program. Mike also worked part time building rotors for 16 years with (Charles) Campbell’s of Lynnfield. Mr. Stafford resided in Salem and was a communicant of St. James Church for over 50 years before returning to Lynn. Mike was an active parishioner, usher, beano and church fair volunteer for St. James Church. Since moving to Lynn, he had become a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church. Mike was a skilled Pinochle, Whist and Cribbage card player, an avid Salem Greens golfer and die hard Red Sox fan. Mike was a very cheerful person who loved his life and family and was never without a smile. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two sons, Michael F. Stafford, Jr. and his wife Loretta of Middleton, Richard W. Stafford and his wife Perla Peguero of Salem and a daughter, Kathleen M. Donato and her husband Samuel of Clermont, FL. He is survived also by his grandsons Nathaniel of Ellington, CT and Ryan of Burlington, VT, granddaughter Rebekah and her fianc Michael Thomas of Newburyport, great grandson Reave, and many nephews and nieces; sisters-in-law Mildred Corso of Lynn, Jeanne Richards of West Roxbury, Norma Duchesne of Peabody and stepson Thomas Condon and his companion Vanessa Foley of Medford and stepgrandsons, Todd and Matthew Condon. He was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas and Edward Gordon, three sisters, Elizabeth (LeShana-Gray), Theresa (Cote), and Mary (Hatch-Muise) and three brothers-in-law, Joseph Corso, Norman Richards and Roland Duchesne. His funeral will be held from the Berube & Sons Funeral Home, 191 Lafayette St., SALEM, MA, Wednesday at 9am followed by a funeral Mass in Immaculate Conception Church, Salem at 10am. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Salem. All are invited to visiting hours Tuesday from 4-7pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To leave a condolence to the family please visit www.BerubeFuneralHome.com.
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Published in Boston Herald on Sept. 6, 2015