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Michael Henry Lafferty

1961 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Michael Henry Lafferty Obituary

Michael Henry Lafferty

Michael Henry Lafferty, 51, of Salinas, passed away Monday, April 1, 2013, after a short battle with ALS. He was born June 13, 1961 in Berlin, New Hampshire, later moving to Auburn, Maine and then Topsham, Maine, where he graduated from Mt. Ararat High School in 1979.

Mike then ventured west in 1984 to ski the great California Sierra powder - first in Mammoth Lakes and then settling in on the woodsy West Shore of Lake Tahoe in Tahoma.

Mike owned and operated Tahoe Lake Cottages in Tahoma for 22 years where he loved meeting and hosting his guest's winter, summer and fall, many of those folks becoming lifelong friends. He was passionate about Lake Tahoe and enjoyed everything to the fullest, with favorite hobbies of skiing, snowmobiling, hockey, boating, golfing and dirt bike riding. Anything and everything that involved going fast, taking risks, and pushing the envelope was sure to be in bounds when Mike was playing.

Most of all, Mike was so proud of his beautiful family and all of the moments spent with his children, nieces and nephews. Taking time to live and cherish these moments were his most important hobby.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jillian Penelope; mother-in-law, Penelope Osborn Lipe and father-in-law, James W. Lipe Sr.

Michael is survived by his wife, Julie Lipe Lafferty of Salinas; daughters, Taylor Ann Lafferty of South Lake Tahoe, Megan Joy Lafferty of South Lake Tahoe, Lindy Leigh Lafferty of Salinas; son, Aidan Thomas Lafferty of Salinas; parents, Donald and Barbara Lafferty of The Villages, FL; brother, Thomas (Karen) Lafferty of Scarborough, ME; and sister, Martha Lafferty and Nancy Talbot of Saco, ME. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law, William Lipe, James Lipe, Jr. (Shelley) and Michael Lipe (Robyn) and his nieces and nephews, Allison, Christopher, Cody, Loren, Katherine and Stephen; along with his beloved aunt, Margy Silveria.

Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1 Railroad Ave., Spreckels, CA 93962.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The ALS Association, 27001 Agoura Road, Ste. 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301 or 888-949-2577 or www.alsa.org

Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com

Published in The Salinas Californian on Apr. 3, 2013
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