Michael Wilcox

Michael E. Wilcox

Tuesday, December 6th, 1955 - Saturday, September 26th, 2020
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Michael E. Wilcox, 64, cherished husband of Kate Garrahy of Rocky Hill, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on September 26, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Hartford, son of the late Edward H. and Georgette (Claing) Wilcox. After high school, Mike enlisted in the US Navy and served as a Radioman on the USS New Orleans, on the Commander’s Staff. He went on to achieve his Associates Degree in Communications at Manchester Community College and attended and graduated from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Prior to his retirement, Mike held several different positions in IT: most recently at CEA; prior to that, Emhart Technologies and The Hartford Graduate Center which became Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Besides his wife Kate, he leaves his sons who he shared with Lynn Wilcox: Edward M. Wilcox of East Hartford and Ryan F. Wilcox and his wife Melani of Manchester. Pop-Pop will be remembered fondly by his three grandchildren, Taryn, Kye and Michelina. He also leaves his brother Richard Wilcox and his wife Caryl of Southbury and his sister Susan Clancy and her husband Brian of East Hartford, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews and good friends.
Mike always encouraged his sons to pursue their interests and was fully involved in all of their activities when they were growing up. He coached football, travelled all over to attend dance competitions and speed skating meets and became the President of the Northeast Speed League for roller speed skating. Mike’s greatest joy was his grandkids. He was devoted to them and inspired by them. They spent countless days together, going to playgrounds and swimming with their Pop-Pop. Mike was also a passionate supporter of local acoustic music. He was very proud to create and produce the Old Church Concert Series, held in Rocky Hill for the better part of three years. The series was so successful, it was taken over by a group of people and moved to Meriden, so that the music would play on.
The family would like to thank Dr. Kamradt and his nurse, Lou McBride, and the staff on CB2 at Hartford Hospital. Donations in memory of Mike can be made to Best Video Film and Cultural Center, or BVFCC, 1845 Whitney Ave., Hamden CT 06517 or online at
Friends may call on Sunday, October 25, 2020 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, 34 Beaver Road, Wethersfield. In celebration of Mike, family and friends are encouraged to wear tie-dye, Converse sneakers, and jean jackets. Burial with military honors will o place on Monday October 26, 2020 at 11:00 AM in Center Cemetery, 761 Main Street Rocky Hill. To extend condolences, please visit
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    Sunday, October 25th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, October 25th, 2020 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home
    34 Beaver Road
    Wethersfield, CT 06109
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    Center Cemetery Rocky Hill
    Main Street & Divident Road
    Rocky Hill, CT 06067
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    October 26, 2020 11:00 am


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Richard and Karen Claing

Posted at 02:31pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With deepest sympathy
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Tom and Sue Callender

Posted at 12:17pm
Dear Katie, our hearts go out to you through this time. I have been praying that the Lord will surround you with His love and comfort.
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Tom Baier

Posted at 08:43pm
Like my friends Susan and Lee, I knew Mike from his time with CEA. We would only see each other a couple times a year in person, but we counted on each other in-between for help and support in our work. He was one of those people where it always made me feel good to speak with him - he made my life better just by being in it. The news of Mike's death hit me very hard; although he'd been battling cancer for a while, it honestly never occurred to me that he wouldn't win. I'm grateful that I got to keep in touch with Mike after he retired, and treasured seeing his joy at being "Pop-Pop". His contributions to preserving live music were amazing and inspirational. I've never met anyone kinder or more decent than Mike. He boldly made our world better, and I am grateful he was part of my life. Mike had a great laugh, and I will miss him deeply.

Susan Hardey

Posted at 11:42am
Mike was one of those amazing people that the moment you met, you felt like you knew each other forever. We spent so much time hanging out together at IT conferences, trying not to be too disruptive while our friends/colleagues presented, while we presented. and spent so many evenings together sharing good food, always looking for good music! Mike had a kind soul, a caring soul. And will be so greatly missed. Family, music, good times shared together. The best life lesson he could pass along. Love ya' Mikey!

Lee Pullen

Posted at 10:41am
Mike is someone that stays with with you. He is the kind of person that you just cannot help but love after spending just a few moments with him. When we met at a conference we discovered that we had a lot in common as he spent summers as a kid in Vassalboro Maine (where I grew up) and still had family there and I knew his cousin Penny. I honestly thought he was messing with me as no one knows Vassalboro. That led to many conversations both that day and ever since. His love of live music, friends and family cemented our friendship. Forever. I say this knowing that he likely had a similar effect on everyone, He made you feel like you each other forever. We had some good times with the 'Nerd Herd' at conferences and talked outside of them. Once I finally met Kate, it was obvious that they were destined to be together. Two peas in a pod. Partners in crime. Then to see everything that you went through with each other, For each other. It is inspiring. I'll miss his laugh and the laughs. I'll miss talks about music. I'll miss my friend. I love ya Mikey. F*ck cancer.

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