Obituary of Michael J. Scanlan
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Michael J. Scanlan, 55, of Utica passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family on the morning of December 26, 2008 after a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. Michael was born July 31, 1953 in Ilion, NY to the late John Francis and Mary Philomen Mulvey Scanlan. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1971 and attended MVCC. In 1978, Michael purchased Mall Liquors at Riverside Mall. He later began a long career with Seneca Turnpike Liquors in 1988, making many friends along the way. In 2006, Michael continued his career at Bremer's Wine and Liquors of New Hartford, where he was warmly welcomed. In 1977, Michael married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Scanlan, formerly Barbara McGrade. They would have been married 32 years in January and were blessed to find love and friendship together. They had two children, Johnathan and Mary Caitlin and they were Michael's world. He was more than an amazing father and showed them how to live a life of integrity and honor and most importantly, how to laugh. Michael's favorite hobby was automotive sports. He loved to spend time watching races and driving cars. Throughout the year, he and his family could be found at any number of automotive events. Michael was a prominent member and Vice- President of the North East Region Audi Club N.A., successfully holding the position of Event Master at Watkins Glen Speedway. In 2008, he was named the National Member of the Year for his hard work, success and dedication to the club. Michael is survived by his wife, Barbara, his two children, Johnathan and Mary Caitlin; Johnathan's wife, Jaclyn Scanlan, and Mary Caitlin's fiancé, Brian Wight. He leaves behind a loving sister and brother-in-law, Karen and James McElhenny. He is predeceased by his other sister, Barbara Kamm, as well as his parents, John and Mary Scanlan. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, all of whom he cared a great deal for. He also leaves behind many amazing and caring friends, who laughed with him in the good times and who stood by him through the difficult ones. Calling hours for Mr. Scanlan will be held on Sunday, December 28, 2008 from 4-7 at the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Rd., North Utica. Mr. Scanlan's funeral mass will be held on Monday at 11:00 from St. Peter's Church, North Utica. A spring burial will take place at St. Agnes Cemetery, Ilion, NY. Those so wishing may make donations to Hospice & Palliative Care Inc. or the Regional Cancer Center at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare in Michael's memory.To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Michael Scanlan, please visit our Tree Store
Heintz Funeral Service, Inc., North Utica Sunday, December 28, 2008 12:00 AM Email Details 408 Herkimer Road Utica, NY 13502 Directions
St. Peter's Church Monday, December 29, 2008 11:00 AM Email Details 422 Coventry Ave. Utica, NY 13502 Directions
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