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 https://www.bestvideo.com.
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 Farleysullivan.com.