MANCHESTER - Michael A. Barbarita, 52, of Manchester, passed away Jan. 13, 2013, after battling lung cancer, with his adoring family by his side.
The son of Roy and Patricia (née Heneghan) Barbarita, Mike was born in Yonkers, N.Y., on April 26, 1960. He graduated from JFK High School in Somers, N.Y.; he earned a bachelor's degree from SUNY at Albany and a master's in business administration from Arizona State University
Most recently Mike, a certified public accountant, had been a partner with William Steele & Associates, P.C., in Manchester. Previously, he worked for Deloitte and then Ernst and Young after moving to Manchester from Phoenix.
Always active in his community, Mike chaired the Board of Registrars of the city of Manchester, served as a member of the audit committee of Child and Family Services, and acted as treasurer for Sudden Pitch. Mike previously sat on the board of the Manchester Boys and Girls Club. He carried his duties with grace, intelligence, and enthusiasm.
Mike loved sports. His dedication to personal fitness inspired both family and friends. He introduced his wife to the sport of running and remained her biggest fan throughout his life. Possessed of a sharp wit and keen sense of humor, he was the consummate companion and friend. All who were fortunate enough to call him "friend" will sorely miss his irony, his "2 rules" for getting on in life, and his tough but kind manner. Above all else, he will be remembered as a doting, hardworking husband, father, son and brother who cherished the time spent at home with his family.
Family members include his wife of 28 years, Colleen (née Moran) Barbarita of Manchester; two daughters, Caitlin Barbarita and her fiancé, Brian Wilson, of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Sophie Barbarita of Manchester; his parents, Roy and Patricia Barbarita of Phoenix; two sisters, Linda Alba and husband Anthony of Phoenix, Diane van der Steen and husband Kimble of Gilbert, Ariz.; one brother, Christopher Barbarita and wife Abby of San Diego; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kevin and Pat Moran of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; as well as many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
services: Calling hours at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., corner of North Street, will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Church, corner of Webster and Hemlock streets. Committal prayers will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Manchester Boys & Girls Club, 555 Union St., Manchester, 03104, or to Breathe New Hampshire, 145 Hollis St., Unit C, Manchester, 03101.To send a message of condolence, go to www.lambertfuneralhome.com