BANGOR - Michael Celli, 59, passed on October 22nd, 2014 at a Bangor hospital. He was born in New Braunfels, TX, to Doris and Alfred Celli.
He was a proud graduate and Letterman from The University of Texas. During his time at UT, he was a student trainer for the Longhorns. He made some of his favorite memories with friends and players that he carried with him all his life. He was very loyal to his roots and everyone knew he was a true Texan. He was known for his cowboy boots and wearing Burnt Orange at every opportunity. He was a Teacher, Athletic Trainer for the Texas Rangers and lifelong fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
Michael felt the call to public service and was elected to the Brewer City Council, where he served for 7 years, 4 of them as Mayor. He was then elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2008 where he served two terms for the citizens of Brewer he cared so much about. He was well known in the area as the "guy with all the Christmas lights." He loved Christmas and his decorations were enjoyed by everyone for many years.
His other passion was Fort Knox, where he served as Board Chair and was currently a Board Member. He spent many hours as a Civil War Enactor and was known as the Surgeon for the Maine 20th.
Michael is survived by his wife, Ellen, sons, Ryan and his wife, Heather, and Aaron. He adored his grandchildren, Colt and Kate, who were his whole world. Mother, Doris, sisters, Sharion and Loretta, brother, Tony and their families, all in Texas. He will also be missed by mother-in-law, Dorothy Sweeney and sisters-in-law, Mary and Patti Sweeney of Bangor. He was predeceased by his daughter, Teresa Mary, sister-in-law, Kate Sweeney and father, Alfred Celli.
Friends and family are welcome to call 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at Greenlawn Funeral Home, 300 State St., Bangor. Internment will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Friends of Fort Knox, PO Box 456, Bucksport, ME 04416.