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Michael Mark Lally, 52, of Acton, died peacefully Sun. Jan. 26, 2014 at his home after a long battle with cancer. Born in Winchester and raised in North Reading, he was the beloved son of Thomas R. and Linda W. (Read) Lally of North Reading. He attended the Hilltop Nursery School, the E. Ethel Little School, and the North Reading Jr. High and Senior High Schools, graduating with the Class of 1979. In these early years Michael enjoyed participating in plays and sports. A student of engineering and computer science, he earned his B.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1983, and a M.S. degree from Boston University. For the past 15 years Michael was employed as a principal software designer for RFMD in Billerica, a micro-electronics company based in Greensboro, NC. A musician, he played the trombone and had a great appreciation for jazz fusion. He was also an avid Patriots fan and history and civics buff, and he liked time spent with family in Maine. Michael loved to plan special occasions and parties for family, friends, and co-workers. He especially enjoyed spending time with people one-on-one, allowing him to focus completely on that person. He was a devoted friend, always ready to step in to help others, and is remembered for his wicked sense of humor which he kept into his final days. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his two children, Doug and Jenna Lally of Maynard; his domestic partner of 11 years, Amy Slaughter, and her children, Maximillian and Jackson Clark, all of Acton; his former wife, Lisa Francine, of Maynard; a brother, John Lally and his wife, Margaret Schindel of Chestnut Hill; an aunt, Shirley Read of York, Maine; and great-aunt, Ruth Johnson of Quincy. Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours on Sat. Feb. 1st from 1:00-4:00pm at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (Rte 111) Acton. A Celebration of Life Service is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, an education fund will be established for his children with details to be announced and available at the visiting hours. Those who wish may also choose to make a memorial gift to either Care Dimensions (to benefit hospice care), 75 Sylvan Street, Ste. B-102, Danvers, MA 01923, or to the Emerson Healthcare Foundation-Bethke Cancer Center, Attn Development Office, 133 ORNAC, Concord, MA 01742.

Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4, 2014
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