Michael's Story

ETNA, ME, AND BROCKTON, MASS. - On Monday, April 20, 2015, Mike passed away peacefully with his family by his side. He was born December 15, 1951, in Bangor, Maine, to Cora and George O. Holton Sr.

Mike grew up in Bangor and was a tremendous athlete in his younger years. He played in a band called the Village Green until he enlisted with the United States Army. While he was home on leave he was involved in a car accident that left him paralyzed and so he then was honorably discharged from the Army. He lived his entire adult life in Etna with his mother, Cora E. Reynolds and stepfather, Dean Reynolds, as his care givers.

He is survived by his only daughter, Gina Holton-Savona of Saratoga Springs, NY; his only brother and his wife, George O. Holton Jr. and Dianne; his niece, Teresa Holton-Bickford, her husband, Jeff, and their four children, Michael, Jody and Eva Bickford and Taylor Campbell; his nephew, Scott Holton and his wife, Penny, as well as their five children, Carlena, Kinlan, Kinsey, Noah and Mikayla; and the mother of his only child, Linda Bassett.

Mike had many stories to tell when his mother and daughter would visit. The staff would make sure to give Gina a report card on his behavior. Gina would like to take a special moment to tell the whole staff, they understood how important it was to her that she knew he was in such good hands. Joanie was sure to include my father in all the special activities, like Wednesday bowling, cook outs and even Boston Red Sox games. She would send pictures to show Gina how happy he was and capture the moments. He had so many friends, it's hard to name all of them, but please know he loved you all and cherished the moments.

A special thank you goes out to all of the people in the VA system who helped care for Mike over the years. He spent the last four years in Brockton, Mass., at the VA hospital there, where he became a beloved "family" member. A special thank you to Bill, who was his "spotter" for him while he bowled and played darts. Mike and Bill had many many long "talks" about music and sports. He was a great friend to him. Another thank you goes out to the care given to him in his final hours at the VA Hospital in West Roxbury, MA. Their care and concern for his comfort, and our family at such a sad time was amazing.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at The M Room, Oxbow Rd., Palmyra, ME from 3-5 p.m.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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