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MICHAEL JOSEPH CALEVRO - BARRE TOWN - Michael Joseph Calevro, 68, of Camp Street, died early Saturday morning at his home with his family at his bedside. Born March 24, 1945, in Barre City, he was the son of Dante and Emma (Grandfield) Calevro. He attended North Barre Graded School, and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1963, where he was an outstanding basketball, football and baseball player. He excelled in basketball at Spaulding High School, being a member of the Class A, State High School Championship teams in 1961, 1962 and 1963, and played in the New England High School Basketball Tournament at Boston Garden, following those seasons. In 1967, he graduated from Johnson State College, where he played on the Varsity Basketball and Soccer teams, being elected to the College Athletic Hall of Fame at Johnson State. On Dec. 16, 1967, he married Shelia V. Buttura in St. Monica Catholic Church. Most of their married life had been spent at their present home in Barre Town. He began his working career as an elementary school teacher in Washington, and later taught Junior High at the Barre Town Elementary School. From 1975 to 1995, he was an agent and sales manager for the Prudential Insurance Company, and was their National Sales Manager of the Year in 1977. In 1995, Michael began his career in granite sales and manufacturing at Buttura and Sons Granite Company, where he became a part owner with Leo "Fella" Buttura. After selling his interest to Mark Gherardi, he became a salesman for the newly formed Buttura and Gherardi Granite Artisans. Mushrooming, the family camp at Joe's Pond where he was an avid fire builder, cooking, his pontoon boat rides, rare flowers, horseracing at Saratoga, his tree garden, landscaping and brush cutting were very special times. Michael will also be remembered as the play-by-play radio announcer for WSKI high school basketball games, and his longtime membership on the Barre High School Basketball Tournament Committee. His memberships included the Barre Hunting Club, the Mutuo Inc., and the Barre Elks Lodge #1535. Besides his wife, Sheila, he leaves two daughters, Mia Calevro of Montpelier, and Kami Calevro and her partner, Scott Norton, of Brooklyn N.Y.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Francis and Danny Calevro; and sisters, Virginia Starr, Roberta Cooley, and Ellen Draper. Michael's life will be honored and celebrated on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Hope Cemetery. Friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641; or the Autism Puzzle Foundation, c/o Martha Sanborn, 333 Beckley Hill Road, Barre, VT 05641.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Apr. 21, 2013
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