"There are not enough pages to tell this man's story" - says his wife Pat after 66 years of marriage. Born in Pawtucket, RI on September 3, 1925, Michael's first adventure began when his parents packed up the Hupmobile with few pos-sessions and five kids (Mike and his two brothers and two sisters), and began their journey working their way across the United States during the Great Depression. They planted roots in Boise, ID and Seattle, WA, and finally settled in Long Beach, CA. He joined the Navy at the age of 17, serving three years in World War II on the Naval Ship "The Trathen." After an honorable discharge from the Navy he met the love of his life Pat, married and were blessed with five children including, Mike Jr., deceased (Judith), Dan (Joanne), Chrissy (Joe), Kathy (Joe), and Patrick (Corinne), with 14 grand-children and seven great-grandchildren. Mike was a visionary; a creative and determined man who enjoyed a full life and realized many of his dreams. A man of many talents with a lust for life: optimist; artist; builder; rancher; businessman; loving and dedicated father and husband as well as an inspiration and a blessing to those lucky enough to know him. Surrounded by his devoted wife, Pat, loving children and many caring friends, Mike passed from this life on July 14, 2013 in Santa Rosa, CA. A special thanks to the staff at Vintage Brush Creek in Santa Rosa and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospice for their compassionate care. A Memorial Mass and Life Celebration in Michaels' honor will be held at St. Eugene's Cathedral in Santa Rosa on Saturday, August 17 at 11:00 a.m.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5, 2013