Waterford - Michael E. Rix passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, after a long battle with lung cancer holding his children's hands and listening to the reassuring words of his soul mate.
He was born on May 12, 1953, to the late Dorothy Paczowski and William Rix.
As a solider in the U.S. Army, Mike served honorably from 1971-1974. For more than 20 years he was employed with City of New London Department of Public Works, and continued working at Shalett's Dry Cleaners for the past seven years.
During most of his free time, Mike could be found selflessly devoting many hours to the Casmir Pulaski Post #1, Polish-American Veterans Club of New London, where he also served as permittee and past commander.
Mike lived his life to the fullest and built everlasting friendships through the many camping trips, horseshoe pits, bowling leagues, jazz festivals, card games and sled tracks; each memory filled with unforgettable laughter and stories to last a lifetime.
His undeniable passion for NASCAR could easily be seen in his home and his wardrobe, all adorned with the infamous "intimidator" Dale Earnhardt.
Mike married Barbara (Houle) Schneider in August of 1998.
His sense of humor and unique personality are unmatched and will live on in those he has left behind; his children, Mike Rix and wife, Kim, of Montville, Colleen Rix and spouse, Joseph Rogulski, of Montville, stepchildren, Melissa Maynard of Waterford, Jenaya Schneider of Portland, Jeremy Schneider and wife, April, of Waterbury. He also leaves behind two brothers, William Rix of Flanders, James Rix of Port St. John, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and his cherished dog, Brandy.
"You've got to be closer to the edge to win. That means sometimes you go over the edge, and I don't mean driving, either" - Intimidator
The family will receive friends and loved ones from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic, with a service following and burial at East Lyme Cemetery.
Mike's family is asking for kind donations to be made in his name to Masonicare/Hospice, 339 Flanders Road, # 215, East Lyme, CT 06333.
Condolence messages may be left on Mike's memorial page at www.neilanfuneralhome.com
Published by The Day on Nov. 4, 2015.