Michael W. (Mike) Syvinski
January 06, 2018
South Berwick, Maine
Michael Syvinski, affectionately known as Mike, of South Berwick, Maine passed away Saturday with his wife and three daughters surrounding him, in Wentworth Douglass Hospital after a fast moving illness secondary to his cancer. Mike, in his last days, faced his illness, as his did everything in life, with dignity, determination and the bravery of a warrior.
Born June 6, 1952, in Dover, NH, Mike appreciated each day of his full, yet short, 65 years. He graduated from Marshwood High School in 1971, owned his own construction business, was a skilled heavy equipment operator, and also in 1972 completed Line School, later passing his Construction Head Lineman’s Rating Exam.
Mike’s career with FairPoint spanned 40 years, beginning with New England Telephone. To him, it never was a “job”, but a lifelong occupation he approached with unmatched passion. Mike quickly realized his natural skill being around telephone poles, bucket trucks and digger rigs. He was devoted to being a proficient utility worker, mentoring young linemen apprentices and rounding out his career as a Quality Construction Work Inspector for the last 10 years.
During his personal respite time Mike took great pride in his 5 acres, checking things off the “honey do list” for his wife, raising his dogs, assisting with the planning of weekly family suppers, as well as spending time in his garage of which is every small engine repair man’s dream. Mike was an accomplished mechanic, taking after his father with oil in his blood as well as grease under his fingernails.
Mike is survived by
his best friend, partner against all odds and wife of 46 years, Marica (Brooks) Syvinski. Together they raised three daughters, who gave Mike abundant bragging rights; Paula (Syvinski) Renaud and husband William J.R. of South Berwick, Maine; Jessica (Syvinski) Morley and husband Christopher of Houlton, Maine; Valerie (Syvinski) Currier and husband Chad of Berwick, Maine. Mike’s cherished daughters and son in laws, continued his legacy with eight beautiful grandchildren that forever changed his life; Johnathon, Rebecca and Kayla Renaud; Phillip, William, Jacquelyn, and Thomas Morley; Blake Currier.
Mike also leaves behind his mother Lorraine Syvinski; three siblings, a younger brother Alan Syvinski and wife Bonnie, of South Berwick, Me; two younger sisters, Theresa Syvinski of Rochester, NH; Helen Maddox of Perry, Georgia; and mother in law Jacquelyn Brooks of South Berwick, Me.
Mike was predeceased by his father William Syvinski and his beloved father-in-law Vernon “Buddy” Brooks. To the Brooks he was the “son” they never had.
Calling hours will be on Friday January 12 from 6p.m.to 8p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in North Berwick, Maine. All are invited to a public Celebration of Mike’s Life on Sunday January 14 at Spring Hill Lodge in South Berwick, Maine from 3p.m. to 7p.m.
Family flowers only.
Contributions to NHSPCA
104 Portsmouth Ave
Stratham, NH 03885
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
611 Granite Springs Road
Yorktown Heights, New York, 10598 \
Arrangements are entrusted to the Johnson Funeral Home, 26 Market Street, North Berwick, ME 03906. Condolences may be expressed at www.JohnsonFuneralHomeME.com