Michael was born in Newton, the last surviving of three sons of the late Michael A. and Margaret (Tierney) Samarco, and was a graduate of Newton High School. He loved his job as a union carpenter and supervisor with Local 275 in Newton for 52 years. He lived in Bellingham before coming to Upton in 1979 and had served with the Air National Guard.
An amateur radio enthusiast since the age of 11, he contacted every country in the world over the past 64 years, including North Korea, using the call letters WIJZ. Many weekends he was involved in amateur radio contests. He was a member of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America (CWCAA) and was devoted to his dogs, who were all AKC champions.
Michael was an avid runner. He ran sometimes as much as 25 to 40 miles a week at the Valley Tech track after working eight hours. He also cut 12 to 15 cords of wood from his property for 33 years and drove his motor home across country many times sightseeing landmarks. A very caring man, he was always willing to go an extra mile to help homeowners with improvements.
In addition to his loving wife, he leaves two sons, James and Matthew of Upton; a daughter Laurie Young of Bellingham; and two grandchildren, Stacy Smith of RI and Timothy Young of Framingham.
Following cremation, memorial calling hours will be held at Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main Street, Upton from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 6th. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery.
Mike was a good radio friend and I always enjoyed seeing him at Hosstraders and Nearfest each fall and spring. He was a great friend with a good sense of humour.
My condolences to the family and may he rest in peace