2017-07-21 / Obituaries

Steven Michaels

Steven D. Michaels passed away on July 11 at Houlton General Hospital in Houlton, with family and friends at his side. Steven was born Jan. 26, 1947 in Biddeford, the son of Richard Michaels and Florence (Raymond) Michaels. He grew up in Kennebunk, graduating from Kennebunk High School in 1965. He joined the United States Air Force serving honorably for eight years attaining the rank of staff sergeant. Steve then began a career at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard where he worked as a foreman pipefitter, specializing in propulsion systems testing until his retirement. While at the shipyard, Steve made several extended trips to the the submarine repair facility in Holy Loch, Scotland, where he developed a strong love of the country, its people and traditions.

From an early age Steve enjoyed being in the woods. Whether fishing, hunting, camping or wood cutting he was at home in this environment. He never encountered a tree too big to cut, a log too tough to split or a muddy backwoods road that couldn’t be traveled with an old truck and a good winch.

He applied this rugged determination to all aspects of his life.

The oldest of four boys, he relished the role of “big brother,” not only looking after his brothers, but taking his three younger cousins under his wing as well. Steve was always willing to help friends and family with a work project and usually took the lead role in getting it done. In our family, do it yourself actually meant, do it yourself as long as Steve was there to help. Steve had an exceptionally strong work ethic that was passed on to his sons at an early age. They quickly learned that you didn’t take a break until the chainsaw ran out of gas and even if you couldn’t carry three sheets of plywood at a time, as he often did, you could damn well carry two.

For the past several years, Steve lived in the town of Weston, Maine, in a log home he built near the Canadian border. He truly enjoyed the beauty, peace and tranquility and also felt blessed by the friendliness and kindness of his neighbors.

Steve was a Mason and a member of York Lodge 22 in Kennebunk. He was very active in their charity fund raising and developed and organized the annual Youth Charities Motorcycle Run in conjunction with Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel. He was a life member of the NRA and a charter member of the Second Amendment Task Force.

Steve was predeceased by his parents and stepson, Scott Carney. He is survived by and will be sadly missed by his sons, Paul W. Michaels and his wife, Lenore, of Kennebunk, Joshua Michaels and his wife, Brandy, of York, grandson Owen Michaels, brothers Paul B. Michaels and his wife, Rebekah, of Kennebunk, John Michaels and his wife, Heidi, of Windham, Ray Michaels of Kittery, step children Robin Carney and her children, Lynzi and Kyle, Mark Carney, his wife, Jill, and their son, Chris, of Wells and several nieces and nephews.

Steve’s family is very grateful for the caring and support of Steve’s neighbors in Weston, especially the Cousins family, James Foss and Steve Lee.

A memorial service celebrating Steve’s life will be held at the Masonic Lodge in West Kennebunk on Saturday, July 29 at 11 a.m.

A donation in Steve’s memory can be made to Masonic Youth Charities, York Lodge 22, P.O. Box 55, West Kennebunk, ME 04094.

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