Michael R. DeMarsico II
1991 - 2012 NORTH ADAMS Pfc Michael Robert DeMarsico II, also known as Demar to his military brothers overseas, Mikey to his family and Sunshine to his mother, deployed to Heaven after being killed in action on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, while serving his country in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Attached to 1-23 IN 3-2 SBCT Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Michael deployed to Afghanistan at the end of March 2012 and took a job that placed him in front of his brothers, always wanting to protect them no matter the cost. He protected and saved his brothers and many others over and over again.
Michael, a 2010 Drury High School graduate, followed his lifelong dream and joined the military. He graduated from Infantryman One Station Unit training at Fort Benning, GA in June 2011. His service accomplishments include Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Combat and Special Skills Badge for marksmanship and the Overseas Service Bar.
Growing up, Michael was a Cub Scout with Local Pack 35. He was loved by all and a constant competitor with the Rain Gutter Regatta, taking the 1st place medal every year until his last year when his younger brother, Adam, took 1st place, which Michael admired.
A talented athlete, Michael played T-ball, Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball. Throughout his baseball career, his father stood proudly by his side as his coach. He participated in the North Adams Youth Football program as an eager peewee and continued through the senior division with the eyes of an eagle and speed of lightning. He had a love of nature and his favorite moments were spent at Natural Bridge State Park and Mount Greylock, high above the world.
While at Fort Lewis, that love of nature continued on weekends when he and his buddies would travel far up in the mountains. One of his favorite moments was camping in a lava bed at Mount St. Helens. Michael also enjoyed snowboarding. He wasn't very good at the sport, but he became a pro at falling hard so the pretty girls would help him up.
What Michael held dearest to his heart was his family.
Michael was born on Dec. 22, 1991, son of Lisa (Babcock) DeMarsico and Michael Robert DeMarsico. Besides his parents, Michael is survived by his four siblings, Aubrey Raye DeMarsico and her fiance T.J. Harmon of Pittsfield, Kailey Rose DeMarsico, Leigha Renae DeMarsico and Adam Reed DeMarsico, all of North Adams; maternal great-grandmothers, Belva Babcock and Barbara Cahoon; maternal grandmother, Ronnalee (Cahoon) Porey of Florida, Mass., and maternal grandfather, Frank A. Babcock of Bennington, Vt.; paternal grandmother, Rena (Tatro) DeMarsico of North Adams, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Michael was predeceased by his grandfather, Robert DeMarsico, great-grandfathers, Frank A. Babcock Sr. and Alton Cahoon, and uncles, John Babcock and Steve Cahoon.
He will be sadly missed and fondly admired by all who knew him.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Pfc Michael Robert DeMarsico will take place Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of North Adams, MA. Burial with full military honors will follow in Southview Cemetery, North Adams, MA. Calling hours will be Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS, WEST CHAPELS.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project through the funeral home, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA 01247. To send flowers, a card, gift or message, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com