OBITUARY: Michael R. Micalizzi, Sr., 63

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Michael R. Micalizzi Sr., a lifelong resident of Wilmington, MA, recently of Laconia, NH, passed away on January 30th, 2023 at the age of 63. Michael passed away unexpectedly, peacefully, surrounded by his loving family due to complications following an aggressive leukemia, unbeknownst to him.

Michael was born in Lowell, MA on May 5th, 1959, was raised in Wilmington on Brattle Street and known as a “Lake Kid”. Michael attended Wilmington Public Schools, and went on to work, becoming an accomplished roofer, sider, fencer, along with many other trades within the construction field. Michael then attended Aquinas College in Newton, MA to study Environmental Sciences. After college, Michael worked for several Civil Engineering Firms. At his time of passing, Michael was employed at Wright-Pierce Civil Engineering Firm and commuting to MA. Michael enjoyed working at Wright-Pierce, obtained many friendships and considered them a second family.

Baseball was Michael’s passion and he was an incredible athlete. Michael played for Wilmington Little League and was Captain of his Freshman High School Team. After High School, Michael enjoyed playing in various men’s softball leagues, including the VFW in Tewksbury.

Michael was an avid cook, everyone who knew him loved his homemade meals as he basically mastered the Italian cuisine. Michael enjoyed hanging out with his friends and having a good time, especially with the late Robert Sferrazza, Paul “Butchie” Hill and the Bibeau brothers. Michael spent his free time at the ocean, lakes, camping, fishing, boating, family parties, going on trips especially to the vacation home in Florida, snuggling with the family dog Maggie, and just being active. Michael’s favorite pastime was attending and watching New England Sport teams, #1 being the Boston Red Sox.

Michael will be remembered as a devoted family man and provider, as he hardly ever missed a day of work. He was a devoted husband, father, friend, always caring for the ones he loved. Michael met the love of his life, Dawne, in High School and the two were married on November 29th 1980. The couple lived life to the fullest, and then decided to have children 10 years after marriage. Michael was elated when they welcomed their first born daughter, Ashley. Just 13 months later, he got his little buddy who was named after him, Michael, Jr.

Michael could always be found at his children’s school and sporting events. He was a fixture at the local fields and beyond to watch his his daughter cheerleading for Wilmington Pop Warner and Austin Prep in Reading. Michael never missed his son Michael’s Little League, Pop Warner, High School football, and all the basketball games including Rec, town travel, AAU and High School games. Michael took pride in his kid’s accomplishments. Michael also was involved in coaching Little League, basketball and soccer teams in Wilmington.

Michael was the son of the late Anthony Micalizzi, Jr. and the late JoAnn (D’Alelio) Cann, stepson of Richard E. Cann of Port Orange FL. Michael was the godson of the late Tony Albowitz of Tewksbury, MA. Michael is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years, Dawne Marie (Galka) Micalizzi, his adored children Ashley Micalizzi and Michael Micalizzi Jr. all of Wilmington, MA. Michael was the loving eldest brother of his 5 siblings Mark Micalizzi of Wilmington; Michelle (Micalizzi) Hooper and her husband George Hooper II of Wilmington; Ronald Cann of Billerica; James Cann of Billerica; Richard M. Cann of Port Orange, FL. Son in-in-law of the late Peter and Avis Galka of Wilmington, Avis M Constantine and her late husband Guy (Sonny) Constantine of Tyngsboro, Brother-in-law of Guy L. Constantine of Tyngsboro, MA; Peter and his wife Nancy Constantine of Milford, NH; Daryl and his wife Joy Constantine of Hollis, NH. Michael is further survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Michael also leaves behind his beloved furry companion, Maggie Mae.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Sunday, February 5th from 3:00-6:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 6th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Michael’s memory to the Jimmy Fund c/o Dana Faber Cancer Institute, P. O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or

Michael R. Micalizzi, Sr.

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